Joana Miranda Studio Illustrations Now Available at Society6!

I’m delighted to announce that a (growing) collection of Joana Miranda Studio illustrations are now available on totes, mugs, pillows and other home accessories at Joana Miranda Studio at Society 6.  Here’s a sampling of the totes…

two tote bags

(Click here to purchase.)

And a shower curtain!

In the Tub shower curtain at Societ6

(Click here to purchase.)

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Friday’s Thought – The Garden of Our Thoughts

Dedicated to my husband on our 10th anniversary…
multiple hanging flower baskets

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever.”

(Alfred Lord Tennyson)

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My Favorite Things – Lotsa Lobsta (at the Lobster Place)

Today my husband and I went for a lunch date at Chelsea Market.

Photo of Chelsea Market

I’d been craving a lobster roll, so The Lobster Place was a no-brainer destination.

The fish market inside was clean and bright…

Lobster Place oyster counter

And as we made our way to the back “lobster stand” we passed lobster salad for sale ($55 a pound)…

Lobster Salad at Lobster Place

And piles of just cooked lobsters!

Lobster

Not surprisingly, we opted for lobster rolls, served with chips and a pickle.

(My husband graciously modeled his between bites.)

Lobster Place lobster roll

The bread was lightly toasted and buttery, and stuffed with succulent and very delicately dressed lobster meat.  Mmmm…so scrumptious!

Afterwards, we ambled through the arcade in search of something sweet.

Chelsea Market arch

(What Foodie Heaven must look like!)

signs in Chelsea Market

At Chelsea Market Baskets, I had a hard time choosing among all the gourmet chocolate bars…

Chocolate bars

But decided on the two above, along with some Leonidas chocolates by the piece to take home.

(By the way, if you don’t have a chocolate truck in your home, your life really isn’t complete.)

coffee and chocolates

The perfect ending to a memorable date!

Leonidas chocolate and coffee

 

 

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Seizing the Day, Fashionista Style…

What do you get when you put a fashionista in an artful print dress?

Why this of course!

Arte diem

 

(To purchase this greeting card, please click here.)

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Elegance is an Attitude – New Illustration from Joana Miranda Studio

I just put the finishing touches on my latest illustration and I’m really excited to post it!  This one was done using the ink blocking technique I tried on my last illustration (see here), although I used colored pencils for the outlines this time.  I love her elegant, yet soft look…and I so want her dress!

Antoinette for blog

 

(Coming soon to my shop at Etsy!)

 

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Friday’s Thought – Threads

spider web

“Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect.”

(Chief Seattle)

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My Favorite Things – Drawing From Experience (Mine, and a Few Others, too!)

Since  Monday when I arrived back home from being away, I’ve been in a frenzy of activity at the drafting table.   I suppose there’s nothing like time and distance away from what you love to motivate you.  In my case, the time off has also given me some fresh perspective on my work.  One thing figurative artists are always after is dynamic movement.  With that in mind, I went in search of some good “gestural drawing” how-to videos online.  I was delighted to find this one, and highly recommend the other videos in the series.  Not only are Stan Prokopenko‘s videos clear, helpful and extremely well produced, but they’re also entertaining!

As a result, this week I’ve been warming up each day with a series of quick gestural drawings and I plan to continue to start my drawing sessions this way in the future.  Drawing in this manner is incredibly freeing and fun, and I’m already beginning to look at figures differently.  Today, in fact, as I walked the 4o blocks to the art store (I was multi-tasking getting in my workout) I studied each person I passed and imagined them being reduced to a gestural line drawing kinda like this…

gestural drawing

Of course, my finished illustrations are usually more fleshed out, but since I seem to be on a quest for simplifying my work, I also researched fashion illustration videos and found this fabulous (though not as professionally produced) free-hand fashion illustration demo:

Using the information in the video above, I worked on a new illustration.  Here’s what my step-by-step process looked like:

Step 1 -

Step 1

(Gestural line and blocks of color for skin and dress have been mapped out in marker.)

Step 2 – 

Step 2

(Green dress feathers and facial features are added.)

Step 3 – 

Step 3

(Tones in dress have been darkened and lines for hair are added.)

Unfortunately, I got so wrapped up in my work that I forgot to take a picture of some of the next steps  – outlining the figure and adding the final highlights.  Here, however, is the finished illustration!

Red headed beauty for blog

Like what you see?  Then come back for more tomorrow!

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