A Demurely Dotty Departure (My Latest Illustration Takes Shape)

Today’s illustration was a departure of sorts for me.  Inspired by Donna Mehalko’s wonderful illustrations in this book (currently on my Amazon wish-list), I decided to start from a style board and then imagine a character and pose for the clothes.

This was the style board I chose.

blue polka dot dress board


Because I’ve been feeling like I need a drawing refresher of sorts, I went back to this wonderful illustration tutorial by Alfredo Cabrera.  Following his step-by-step instructions, I first created a “skeleton” outline for the figure made up of mostly geometric shapes.

(Pardon the faint image!)

skeleton sketch for illustration


And after fleshing out the details, this is what emerged!

polka dotted dress and chihuaha for blog





Filed under Art, illustration, marker and ink illustration, materials, motivation, New work

4 responses to “A Demurely Dotty Departure (My Latest Illustration Takes Shape)

  1. I like the pose and the idea of putting together a style board for outfit inspiration. (I really like that cuff, too!). Hope all is well, Joana!

    • Hi Celeste,

      Thanks so much! I’m loving being home and having some good blocks of free time to work on my illustration techniques. Yesterday’s attempts resulted in many sheets of wasted paper (and no real measure-able progress); but I’ve been at it long enough to know that the big strides usually come after I feel like I’ve hit a wall. Here’s hoping…

      I always enjoy your posts and loved seeing the picture of your mom astride the croc. (Your mom looks like she could be your sister!)

      🙂 Joana

      On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 5:11 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


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