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Children’s Illustration by Joana Miranda

Alone - Children's Illustration art by Joana Miranda

My newest children's illustration shows that a little imagination is all that's needed to create an audience of adoring fans. Grab your seat and prepare to be entertained!

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Creative Brain – Productivity Focus Tips


A creative brain can open worlds of possibilities. Even better is if
you have tools at your disposal to help organize and prioritize all the creative ideas! Here's a great one I learned from Warren Buffett...

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My Favorite Things – Spring Fling (A New Hyperlapse Drawing Video)

Photo of Spring Fling cartoon drawing by Joana Miranda

With warmer weather upon us, I'm loving that I get to shed some of my winter layers. This whimsical cartoon doodle was inspired by the arrival of spring!

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Looking Back From the Finish Line…

After playing 10 weeks of Wicked on Broadway, I have renewed respect for my fellow show musicians as well as some new "tricks" of my own for combating burnout.

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Mud Season is Upon Us…

Funny cartoon illustration depicting a muddy day by Joana Miranda

and I’m celebrating it with a new illustration! 

Actually, mud is really NOT my favorite thing.  However, when I saw that the word for The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators monthly art prompt was “muddy”, I figured I might as well embrace the challenge and get my hands a little dirty.

These days I’ve also thrown out the rule book.  Instead of trying to come up with verbal gags for my single panel gag cartoons before I start drawing (doing so is highly recommended by most cartoonists), I’ve resorted to simply doodling and letting what emerges from my scribbles dictate the direction of the humor.  I would have felt sheepish about admitting that I cartoon this way, until I came across this New Yorker Cartoon Desk archived article about the cartoonist John O’Brien.

So, for your amusement, here is the rather messy (muddy?) process I used to come up with my latest illustration.

The preliminary doodle sketch was done on regular 8.5 x 11 office paper with a 3B pencil…

Very loose pencil doodle preliminary drawing for "Muddy" illustration by Joana Miranda

I then scanned my doodle into my photo editing program to clean it up a bit more (my eraser was black by this point) and to see it from a new perspective…

Preliminary pencil doodle for "Muddy" illustration cleaned up a bit in my photo editing program.

(As you can see, I also crudely re-drew areas with the paint brush tool in my photo editing program.  I’ve used Corel Paint Shop Pro for years for my photo editing and illustration clean up projects.  Currently I’m using the Corel Paint Shop Pro X9 version.)

From here, the next steps were to transfer the line drawing to my Borden & Riley #234 Paris Paper for Pens, ink it with my various brush tip pens, and then color it with my Faber Castell Watercolor pencils.

The finished illustration…

Funny cartoon illustration depicting a muddy day by Joana Miranda

(Quite cleaned up, if I do say so myself!)

Here’s hoping the folks over at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators love it, too!