From My Sketchbook – Week 34

Much as I expected, this past week I had ample opportunities for sketching on my numerous commutes to Lincoln Center and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.  I also took the opportunity to explore different techniques of working with my new synthetic Aquash water/ink brush.

These techniques ranged from quick gesture portraits from my imagination, like this…

Happy girl with updo

And quick gesture portraits inspired by some of the riders around me, like this…

Girl with earphones

To more detailed study drawings like this.

Businessman portrait side view

In addition to using the brush pen for outline sketches as above, I also practiced using it to lay in a quick mass of “color” for body shapes.  I then followed by adding in the holding outlines and further details with a ball point pen.

Girl with large tote bag

In case you’re curious, I used the above technique for this illustration (now available in my shop at Etsy) substituting Copic Sketch markers for the “ink wash” and using a fine line paintbrush dipped in India ink for the holding outlines.  No preliminary pencil drawing was used.

Gifted Holiday card mockup


    1. Joana

      Sure is! And this week I’m hoping to have more time for “real” illustrations, too.

      Gotta hit the hay now…

      Ciao dearie, Joana

      On Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 7:24 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


  1. Pamela Frame

    I wonder what your new toy looks like…it’s fun to read about your methods and see the process. I LOVE the mug. Can’t believe you make so few cookies and with so leetle sugar! Keeping your girlish figure, I guess that makes sense! Keep on doing what you’re doing, I so enjoy reading!

    1. Joana

      Hi Pam,

      My new “toy” is the Pentel Aquash pen. (I did post a photo of it along with shots of my work space in a previous post. See here: 🙂

      I made low sugar/almond flour cranberry-lemon muffins last night and we had them for breakfast this morning. Very tasty and healthy! I’m loving the almond flour baked goods, and the low sugar is definitely a plus, too. I also gave up alcohol. All of these changes came about as an attempt to relieve the recent onset of more severe PMS-like symptoms (bloating and cramping.) Happily the changes in diet and the elimination of alcohol have pretty much made all of the symptoms disappear. Yay!

      I hope you are doing well. I’ve been so impressed with your macro photography of flowers and bees!! You have a wonderful eye and I look forward to seeing more of your photos.

      XOX – Joana

      On Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 2:29 AM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


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