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New Illustration (Step 3) – Color Rendered at Last!

Last Monday I posted an illustration sketch along with the transferred inked line drawing.  I was very excited to get to the coloring-in step, but life intervened and I spent many hours playing ballets in the pit at the David H. Koch Theatre.

This afternoon when I sat down at my drafting table to work on the illustration again, I was instantly swept up in the process and remembered just how much I love it!  For those of you who are curious, after transferring the final sketch to marker paper in the form of an inked line drawing, I then start by coloring in the skin and facial features.  My reason for doing this is simple.  Since the face is where the eye goes first and I take great care with the expressions on my “Josephines”, if I mess up on an element of the features, I can always start over without having to scrap hours of work.

This is what the illustration looked like after I had completed the face, hair and skin rendering:

new illustration in process

From there, I “dress” my fashionista.  My husband caught me at work inking in her raincoat:

Joana working

And here she is in all of her glory!

Gone with the wind redone watermark blog

The birthday card version is now available in my shop at Etsy

Gone with the Wind redone mockup blog

(Click here to see the card!)


  1. I love this new style that you are using for Josephine. Doesn’t need a thng added. She s definitely my girl.

    • Thanks so much, Andrea! I’m sending you all good vibes for the upcoming Surtex show. I know you guys will be a success and I look forward to hearing about your experience.

      🙂 Joana

    • Thanks, Helen! I’m glad you feel like there is a lot of movement in the illustration. I’m going for more of that, so I’m glad I’m on the right track.

      I enjoy reading Sadie’s adventures very much…looking forward to what comes next. 🙂 Joana

  2. ma says

    it’s just lovely! The balloons are terrific, so full of volume and I love the blue/silver color you added.

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