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:
From these sketches, you’ll get an idea of where I’m headed so far…
(And that I’m hoping the recipient will soon be back to “working order.”)
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!
However, this evening I started to see progress…
Although I need to redo elements of this drawing tomorrow, I’m glad to be getting back on track! Stay tuned…
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…
And here’s where I left off for tonight.
Hope you’ll come back to see how the story ends!
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!
A whisper of the magical and ethereal…
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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?
Why not put her on her very own mirror!
Although my first draft has promise, this is still very much a work in progress.
Hope you’ll come back soon to see the next installment!
…because the alternative is a lot less fun!
(5×7 birthday card now available at Joana Miranda Studio at Etsy.)
…starts with a single step.
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!)
In case you’re curious, my illustrations always start from a concept. Like…
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:
While this great image gave me the idea to insert a male element to inject a little whimsy and humor as well.
Here’s the pencil sketch that evolved…
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!
And just WHAT might they be saying?
Check back here in a day or two to find out!
Now that the weather’s turned colder, Josephine told me she’s not going out in public unless I get her a cloche hat and more stylish winter duds. Fortunately, André is happy to tag along no matter what Josephine wears…
I hope you’ll return soon to see her new wardrobe in color!