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New 1920’s Inspired Greeting Card from Joana Miranda Studio

If I could go back to any era it would be the 20s.  I so love the gamine clothing, bob haircuts, cloche hats and general joie de vivre that seemed to color that period.  The illustration below (a reworked version from this post) was done with my vintage Carter’s fountain pen and Copic Sketch markers…

Ruby Hearted mockupand you can purchase it here!

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Celebrating the First Day of Winter (At An Unseasonable 62 Degrees!)

But at least Josephine and Andre are enjoying their wintry wonderland…

Laughter and cheer for blog

Here’s to the land of fantasy and make-believe!

(Please visit my shop at Etsy to see the greeting card version.)

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How Many Shopping Days ‘Til Christmas?!

Yes, those shopping days are fast slipping away!

Laughter and cheer

But the good news is that you’ve still got time to purchase a folding compact mirror from my shop at Etsy!  Perfect for the fashionista in your life (or for your mother, sister, daughter or friend) these whimsical mirrors will make her day…or at least make her smile.

(P.s.  Don’t wait too long.  The cut off for December 25th delivery via USPS First Class mail is December 20th.)

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Holiday Brain…

Today, in honor of it being Thanksgiving week, I put out my first holiday decoration…an autumnal-looking candle wreath on our coffee table.  I’m exercising great restraint, too, because I’ve actually been having dreams about searching every corner Christmas tree vendor for the perfect tree (can you tell I’m a New Yorker now?)

So it’s probably not surprising that when I sat down to work on an illustration, this is what emerged…

Christmas seal watermark

To all my friends, family and fans, I wish you a very happy and festive Thanksgiving week!

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My Favorite Things – Reworking An Old Illustration (and seeing the progress!)

About a year ago I switched from working with watercolors and gouache to using markers and ink for my fashionista illustrations.  I made the switch for several reasons; I wanted more vibrancy to my colors, and I wanted to work with a more translucent paper without having to worry about the paper buckling under the wetness of the paint.

My first attempts with markers were fairly clumsy and heavy-handed, but I feel now like I’m really growing into the medium.  Today I brought back an old illustration to rework.  I always liked the drawing, but knew when I originally finished it that it would need to be reworked at a later date.

Here’s the old version:

Good Health and Happy Birthday old illustration

And here is the new re-worked version:

Good Health and Happy Birthday reheeled blog

The greeting card version is now available in my shop at Etsy!

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Drawing from Cyberspace…

When I’m creating a new illustration and need a reference for a particular pose, I often find Google Images to be of vast help.  Case in point, this week I wanted to draw Josephine in a crouching pose.  Google image searches for “woman crouching” yielded many great results and lots of inspiration!

Based on studying the poses, I created a preliminary rough sketch…

Josephine crouching prelim

However, when I imported the sketch into my photo-editing program so that I could “mirror” it to check my lines, I decided it needed an overhaul.  My next version is a better drawing, yet it lost some of the playfulness of the sketch above.  This is one I’ll sleep on for a while before I decide my next move!

Girl with dog shadow blog

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Modesty Prevails – Whimsical Marker and Ink Illustration by Joana Miranda

Enough said…

Modesty Prevails

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