The creative process is an interesting one.  As a life-long creative person, I am very familiar with feeling sensations of elation as I create, pride of accomplishment at the conclusion, and, a few moments later, letdown or disappointment with the result.  (Fortunately, after some time has passed and distance from the creation is possible, the merits usually become apparent.)

While I can’t redo a musical performance, I do have that option with my illustrations.  I loved the idea behind my illustration “The Balancing Act” which I posted on my blog yesterday.   However, when I took another look at it this morning, it didn’t feel right.  I realized that “Josephine” needed to be more fabulous somehow.  Redressing her was a logical first move.   In the process, I also decided to depict her walking…

(because great style and elegant posture go hand-in-hand with smarts!)

Here’s the new version.  I’d love to hear what you think!

Whimsical fashion-inspired watercolor illustration by Joana Miranda

(Now available at Joana Miranda Studio at Etsy)


  1. Helen Reich says:

    I like this one better because her legs seem a little more in proportion to her body! While still being amazingly long. I also like the walking part….it creates motion (obv.) and makes the composition more dynamic.

    • Joana says:

      Hi Helen,

      Thanks so much for your great feedback! Andy doesn’t like when I make the legs too long, either…although my friend, Tom, has been encouraging me to exaggerate a lot more. But I think I’ll settle into the happy medium soon. I, too, agree that the walking “pose” looks more dynamic and therefore helps to bring the drawing to life.

      More coming soon…

      Ciao – Joana

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