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Last week felt like it lasted a month. Eleven services with San Francisco Ballet, two students, and playing a few solo pieces for a colleague left me exhausted, not to mention that I had absolutely no time for my other passion – my illustrations.
But today was a day off, so I took the opportunity to sit down at my drafting table and do some work on my “Turning Heads” illustration.
She’s beginning to take shape nicely…
As you can see, I often work from compilations of photos. A scene, an outfit, or maybe an accessory jumps out at me; the trick is to combine them all in a way that makes sense for Josephine. (So far, she’s pretty excited with where I’m going with this one.)
And I’ll keep posting my progress.
In the meantime, if you happen to be in NY City this week, I hope you’ll come see/hear Prokofiev’s Cinderella danced by the San Francisco Ballet at the David H. Koch Theatre.
(I’ll be playing my heart out in the pit.)
I’ve been so busy recently that there’s been no time to schedule a haircut, let alone take much time to make myself presentable. So I turned to Josephine for some inspiration.
Being a “Josephine,” her first suggestion naturally was to go retro – like REALLY retro (circa 1800 to be precise)…
When I went searching online for a headband similar to the one she suggested, I found exactly what I was looking for here.
I was about to buy it, but since headbands sometimes pinch the sides of my head, I asked Josephine for more hair accessory ideas. She showed me this look which I thought was darling…
An online search for purple rose clip brought me to a very similar-looking product here. I immediately bought the clip but realized I might need something less sumptuous for every day.
Josephine suggested something sunny, playful and fun like this small bobby pin flower.
Imagine my surprise when I learned all three lovely hair accessories are made by a friend and violist colleague from my Milwaukee Symphony Days!
I created a fun illustration a few weeks ago and then decided to redo it with a new background.
Here’s the “old” version…
And the new…
Although it wasn’t my intention, I love how the pink of Josephine’s hair towel along with the green upholstery of the chair are suggestive of a rose in the new “twilight” version!
This illustration will be available on a new product debuting in my shop at Etsy soon…but for now (like Josephine’s hair) I’m keeping the project under wraps.
(5×7 Congratulations card now available at Joana Miranda Studio at Etsy)
This is what I wish I had been doing all week…
But instead I was running back and forth to Lincoln Center playing rehearsals and 6 performances (12 different pieces in all!) with New York City Ballet. However, the moments I stole here and there to render this illustration gave me true happiness and a sense of being in the moment. Creating your own inner peace…what could be better than that?
The card version is now available in my shop at Etsy.
Click to purchase here!
Because sometimes that’s the only thing you can do.
Last Monday I posted an illustration sketch along with the transferred inked line drawing. I was very excited to get to the coloring-in step, but life intervened and I spent many hours playing ballets in the pit at the David H. Koch Theatre.
This afternoon when I sat down at my drafting table to work on the illustration again, I was instantly swept up in the process and remembered just how much I love it! For those of you who are curious, after transferring the final sketch to marker paper in the form of an inked line drawing, I then start by coloring in the skin and facial features. My reason for doing this is simple. Since the face is where the eye goes first and I take great care with the expressions on my “Josephines”, if I mess up on an element of the features, I can always start over without having to scrap hours of work.
This is what the illustration looked like after I had completed the face, hair and skin rendering:
From there, I “dress” my fashionista. My husband caught me at work inking in her raincoat:
And here she is in all of her glory!
The birthday card version is now available in my shop at Etsy…
(Click here to see the card!)
One of my personal goals, and, in fact, a big part of the “raison-d’etre” for this blog, is to continue to challenge myself to grow as both an artist and a human being. Even though I have perfectionist tendencies, I’ve learned along the way that the process of learning is far more enriching than just being “there.” I also feel that sharing what you create is the best way to see not only your accomplishments, but where you need to grow and evolve. That said, the process of creating art is a deeply personal one, and as such has to be nurtured with infinite care and compassion.
Lately, as I’ve been working at my Josephine illustrations, I’ve been focusing more on the entire composition, as well as aiming for more dynamic movement overall. In this “naked” sketch (PG, of course), Josephine is teetering on one heel, about to lose grasp of her balloons.
(At least she still has all her marbles!)
I’ll need to settle on the clothes and colors for this illustration, as well as refine the overall composition over the next few days. But that’s the fun part! I hope you’ll stop back soon to see the finished result…
Although we arrived home from Denmark only yesterday afternoon, my jet-lag seems to be in control already. I’m back at work teaching, running errands, and catching up with life after having been away for two weeks. Unfortunately, I haven’t yet been able to solve my computer issue, so I can’t post any photos from my travels yet.
In the meantime, I’m reminiscing about…
Cold but sunny cloudless days in Copenhagen,
Cafes with delicious coffee and pastries,
Quaint cobblestone streets,
Burgers and a beer with my husband on the harbor,
and of course
Fabulous Danish licorice!