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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


  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,

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