Today as I was feeling a bit frustrated with an illustration that I’ve been working on all week, my husband suggested that I take some time to create illustrations in the style of artists I admire.  For my first artist-inspired illustration, I turned to the wonderful work of Bernard Blossac, a fashion designer who illustrated for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar among other high-end fashion magazines.

Here is the result:

Illustration of Girl in Pink Dress by Joana Miranda inspired by Bernard Blossac


  1. Helen Reich says:

    That’s beauiful…..I think Andy gave you a good suggestion. Composers do the same thing, or at least they did in the past…..there are lots of examples!

    • joana says:

      Hi Helen,

      Andy mentioned the same thing, actually. One of his teachers at Manhattan School of Music had all of his composition students composing pieces “in the style of” as a way to learn.

      The design I did yesterday was a close departure from one of Blossac’s drawings (see the first image in the images link for him I provided.) Today I’m going to pick my own pose and see if I can do a repeat of his style. This time I’ll do it on real watercolor paper instead of just sketch paper since the result is better and also easier to scan!

      Hope you are doing well! Is it raspberry season yet?

      🙂 Joana

  2. Pamela Frame says:

    No raspberries yet in Rochester but I think you are right about composing “in the style of”. I think it frees the mind!

    You are SO good with hair and shoulders! Sort of a minimalist – a few strokes and you convey so much!

    • Hi Pam,

      Thanks for your comment! I’m trying to get a lot more free with my drawing, so it’s nice to hear that you’re seeing some of that. After I tackle the 14+ pieces I have to learn for Saratoga, I’m going to try my hand tonight at another art work “in the style of…” (Maybe a drink will make it even looser? 😉

      How are things going with you? Any jewelry fairs coming up?

      All best wishes,

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