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My Favorite Things – Having the Time to Work on a New Illustration

With the New York City Ballet spring season underway, I’ve had a very busy week with little time to do much except rehearse and perform.  Yesterday, however, since I wasn’t hired for the morning rehearsal, I ended up with a nice chunk of time to draw at my drafting table.  (A rainy day spent inside drawing…what could be better?)

As you can see from this illustration and another recent pencil sketch, I’ve got Mother’s Day on the brain.  Will this illustration be ready in time to adorn a Mother’s Day card?  Only time will tell.

But then again, shouldn’t every day be mother’s day?

playing dress up

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The Anatomy of an (Artful) Get Well Card

In this digital age, many people resort to texting or emails to express their sentiments.  And yet most people (I’m not talking about the under-30 set for whom I’ve almost given up hope) understand that sometimes a real card is more appropriate.  Setting aside the “Hallmark” holidays, it’s not hard to see why sending a paper Thank You, Birthday or Get Well card will make the recipient feel happy and cherished.

I’m currently working on a card for the more difficult Get Well genre.  In this case, it’s more difficult because the recipient is very close and very dear to me, and also because the illness is serious.  So I’m going more nostalgic and more gentle with the humor.  My inspiration?

This antique tin wind-up toy which belonged to my father:

Antique wind up toy

From these sketches, you’ll get an idea of where I’m headed so far…

Antique toy with sketches

(And that I’m hoping the recipient will soon be back to “working order.”)

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Getting Back In the Groove – An Illustration Starts to Take Shape

I recently finished a big custom project for a client and am now getting back to working on projects for my shop at Etsy.  Getting “into the flow” was actually a challenge for me today.  It seemed like I spent as much time erasing as I did drawing!

eraser stress

However, this evening I started to see progress…

preliminary rendered girl with big dog illustration

Although I need to redo elements of this drawing tomorrow, I’m glad to be getting back on track!  Stay tuned…

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New Illustration in the Works – A Love Story

My latest illustration is quite a departure from my normal “fashionista” styled drawings.   I’d like to think it’s Josephine in her twilight years – still elegant, still optimistic, and still in love with life (and her soul mate.)

Here’s the preliminary sketch…

old couple sketch

And here’s where I left off for tonight.

old couple in progress

Hope you’ll come back to see how the story ends!

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My Favorite Things – A Treasury of Artists I Admire on Etsy

Here is a collection of a few of my favorite images and artists from Etsy. Each photo is a link, so I invite you to click through and get to know these artists’ shops!

‘The Fairy’s Kiss’ by ATalentforDesign

A whisper of the magical and ethereal…


Pencil Drawing OOAK Pen and …
$90

Baby Room Decals Kids Wall D…
$79

Dandelion Photograph, White …
$30

Back Fringe-Elegant Necklace…
$43.75

Off White Bridal Clutch
$27

Lone Tree
$40

Angel Kiss, Lovers 8×10 Art …
$19

Original fashion illustratio…
$38

Beaded Lace Art Deco 1930s I…
$3947

With a newly fashioned heart…
$18

5 Large Nesting Bowls in Cle…
$430

Chocolate Chocolate Candy To…
$250

White wedding shawl,hand kni…
$117

Vintage Hobnail Milk Glass W…
$110

The Tennis Pleat Hat
$120

White Sparkle, High Glitter …
$3.95

Sponsored by send bulk email from excel.

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Mirror Mirror…Making the Most of a New Environment to Work on My Illustrations

I’m currently working away from home.  Since this is music-related work, I’ve got less time for my illustrations, and no drafting table or supplies (other than paper, my pencils, a ruler and a kneaded eraser.)  But sometimes being out of one’s comfort zone is just the ticket to get the creative juices flowing.  Today, as I sat at the hotel desk pondering what to sketch, I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and thought…

What would Josephine see if she looked in the mirror?  

And then…

Why not put her on her very own mirror!

Although my first draft has promise, this is still very much a work in progress.

mirror prelim

Hope you’ll come back soon to see the next installment!

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Party On! New Marker and Ink Illustration by Joana Miranda

…because the alternative is a lot less fun!

Party Girl watermark

Party On(5×7 birthday card now available at Joana Miranda Studio at Etsy.)

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Jo’s Journey (A Somewhat Irreverent Guide to Doing Anything Better) – The Journey of a Thousand Miles

…starts with a single step.

shoes

Which is why I was delighted today to stumble across these Italian-made suede and leather high-heeled Oxfords on a 70% off sale .  Vain, maybe; but at least I’m also frugal.  Besides, the journey is much more fun if you’re stylish along the way!

(P.s. In case you’re wondering, I’m currently away from home performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.   Translation…no scanner, no art paper, and no colored markers.  But at least I’ve still got my imagination!)

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Pencil Sketch for New Flirty and Fun Illustration

In case you’re curious, my illustrations always start from a concept.  Like…

Flirty

Fun

and

Playful

From there I search the web to find photos that will help me create realistic-looking poses for my fashionista, Josephine.  In today’s sketch, I wanted Josephine to look ladylike (but still sexy) as she battled a sudden gust of wind.  The following two images helped to shape my composition:

Girl with a fan

Girl with polkadot skirt blowing in the wind

While this great image gave me the idea to insert a male element to inject a little whimsy and humor as well.

Priest and girl in red dress

Here’s the pencil sketch that evolved…

windy spring day prelim blog

While the composition is still “in-progress”, I’m liking where it’s headed so far.  I’ll be posting the final rendered illustration later this week.  Stay tuned!

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The Talking Heads – Sketch for New Valentine’s Illustration by Joana Miranda

And just WHAT might they be saying?

two vespas talking

Check back here in a day or two to find out!

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