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Jo’s Journey (A Somewhat Irreverent Guide to Doing Anything Better) – Making Friends with Big Dogs

I have a confession to make.

I’m scared of big dogs.  

It’s one thing if they are on a leash politely minding their business.  However, if they happen to be on the loose, I’m lost.  Maybe I exude fear, or I’m carrying around a sign – readable only to dogs – that says “Jump On Me.”  In any case, since most people are dog people and I’m not, I’ve decided that it must be just another of my great failings.

So I’ve decided to take charge of my fear, look it in the eye and see if I can overcome it.

(I can feel how impressed you are with my courage!)

Here’s what I’ve done so far…

Two weeks ago I did a Google Image Search for “big black dogs” and discovered that some were actually quite pretty.  This artwork was the result…

Unleashed mockup gradient

(Now available at my shop at Etsy)

And, today I looked up more “big black dogs” and read about the personality traits of Doberman Pinschers.  Channeling what I learned, I created a new sketch.  Here’s the illustration shortly after I started work on the coloring-in part…

card in process

And, after I finished it…

Fetching detail gradient

(Now available in my shop at Etsy)

I hope you noticed that the dog got BIGGER in the 2nd illustration.  Two small steps for this fearful fashionista…more to come!


    • Thanks, Deborah! If I put lots of love into rendering the dogs maybe the real ones will love me back…at least I can always hope! 🙂

      Ciao – Joana

      On Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 6:31 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


    • Thanks, Helen! And what’s wrong with the girl? 😉 Just kidding!

      Hope you are having a nice day off – Joana

      On Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 7:05 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


    • I will look up Tibetan Mastiff next. 🙂 The problem isn’t *people*messing with me, though. It’s more that big dogs somehow either think I’m threatening and want to attack me, or they think I’m their fun chew toy. Sigh. (But maybe if I had a Tibetan Mastiff by my side people AND other dogs would leave me alone?)

      Hmmm, something to consider…and maybe a Tibetan Mastiff will turn up in my next illustration!

      🙂 Joana

      On Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 11:13 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


    • Thanks, Natella!

      And I just hopped over to your blog and enjoyed the posts I read. 🙂

      Talk to you soon – Joana

      On Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 9:07 AM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


      • Hi Joana!

        So good to hear from you! I’m so glad that you liked my posts 🙂 you made my day!

        I just stumbled upon the Mejuri jewellery website and saw that they work with designers who wish to submit their work online. I know that you’ve been working on fashion illustrations mostly lately, but still thought that this might be interesting for you. Here’s the link –

        Have a great day! Natella

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