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Strings Attached – Whimsical Pencil and Marker Illustration by Joana Miranda

Last night I sat down to paint my latest illustration.  I was working on a new type of paper since my favorite type has been out of stock at the art store on my last two visits.  Much to my horror, this new paper – though heavier in weight – immediately started to pill under the wet paint of the watercolor.   Frustrated, I went back to poring over my art technique books so that I could discover a solution.  While trying an entirely new medium as well as paper might seem like the proverbial “throwing the baby out with the bathwater,” this road block gave me the push I needed to think outside of the box.  I’ve seen illustrations rendered with markers, but have never tried my hand at them.  What appealed to me was the vibrant colors and the buckle-free nature of the medium on fairly economically priced marker paper.

Here is my first pencil and marker illustration attempt.

Marker and pencil whimsical illustration "Strings Attached" by Joana Miranda


    • Hi Helen,

      Thanks for the feedback! With the exception of some of the stripes on the dress which I overworked and made “muddy,” I was pleasantly surprised with how my first attempt with markers turned out. I think more freedom is still in order, but that’s what we all strive for, eh?

      The weather in Saratoga is cooperating. Looks like we’ll have very civilized temps in the mid-80s for at least the first week. Since this is a semi-outdoors festival, weather like this is a miracle.

      Hope you are doing great! 🙂 Joana

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