A while back I took a jewelry techniques workshop on metal forming with Charles Lewton-Brain.   Although fold forming metal was not really my thing, there was a lot that stuck with me from the workshop.  In particular, I remember Lewton-Brain not only encouraging us to experiment with various techniques, but advising us to set aside time each day to “play” at the workbench.  Since coming back from working in D.C., I’ve had some chunks of free time to do just that at my drafting table.  The goal has been to improve my sketching and drawing with pen.

As you’ll see from the photo below, I’ve been busy at it:

practice sketches

Part of the fun with pen sketching is to let the evolving sketch dictate the direction of the mood as well as the fashion.  These are sketches from my imagination, not from photos.  Along the way, some of my proportions have been way off, not to mention that I’ve put my some of figures into impossible poses.  But others, have come to life in a quite natural and exciting manner.

I’m proud of this sketch…

Summer Girl

And I also think this one has exciting potential!

Sexy Library Girl


    • Joana says:

      Hi Helen,

      Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I guess, and I seem to like LONG legs. But maybe another look at proportion isn’t a bad idea. (By the way, fashion illustrations do typically elongate the figure to 9 heads tall, sometimes even more…and I’m not pulling your leg. Hee hee!)

      XOX – Joana

      On Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 1:41 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


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