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Illustration Inspired by the Work of Alfredo Cabrera

I stumbled across a wonderful online tutorial by fashion designer Alfredo Cabrera tonight.  I found the proportions of his whimsical girls fascinating, and closely followed his method of color blocking, highlighting, and final drawing.   While I wish I could say that my illustration flowed from start to finish without any stumbles, I’ll admit that I had to do a few tweaks in my photo editing program.  Next to Cabrera’s proportions, my original came out looking less fabulous than I wanted.   However, after performing a little leg surgery on Josephine in my Corel Paint Shop X2 photo-editing program – she’s brave and didn’t even need anesthetic – Josephine gained a few inches in height, and the illustration instantly got some needed sass.

Whimsical fashionista illustration "Champagne Giggles" by Joana Miranda

2 Comments

  1. Gwen says

    Hi Joana! It’s Gwen, from the West Side Market in March! I’ve been checking out your drawings on your blog, and they are fabulous. Also, I think your blog is very cool, especially because I love NY,so it’s great getting to see pictures of the daily New York life and the people living there. I promise I’ll keep reading and checking the updates {especially the drawings}!

    • Hi Gwen,

      So great to hear from you! I hope you saw the West Side Market post I put on on my blog where I featured you…:-) Quite a few people wrote to say that you were charming. I thought so, too.

      I do adore living in New York City. After having been here a year and a half, I can’t really imagine living anywhere else…and that’s saying a lot since I love to move and be in new environments. The great thing about being here is that you don’t have to go far to find a new environment. Almost every neighborhood in the city has a different vibe and feel to it. I’m partial to the Upper West Side since that’s where we live, but I also really love Soho and the Village.

      I hope you continue to stay in touch. In the meantime, happy summer!

      With all best wishes,
      Joana

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