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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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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!

The Importance of Ritual

Cute cartoon illustration of droste mirror effect as girl brushed her teeth

Cute cartoon illustration of droste mirror effect as girl brushed her teeth

I created this illustration for the upcoming Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Draw This contest.  The prompt word was “Ritual” which naturally got me thinking about the rituals I do daily.  (I’m pretty sure my dentist doesn’t read my blog, but in case he does, I DO brush and floss daily.) To be honest, as a teen I used to floss only sporadically, but that all changed one day when I saw a sign in my dentist’s office that read…

“You don’t have to floss all your teeth.  Just the ones you want to keep.”

(And just like that I was turned into a flossing convert.)

These days I’m also a yoga and meditation convert.  I wish I could say that I’d been smart enough to make yoga and mediation a part of my life all along.  Unfortunately, it took many years of Type A behavior – of constantly pushing myself to the limit and eventually getting super anxious – to realize that I needed to reevaluate my life, priorities and the way I viewed myself.  But better late than never, right?

Drinking more water regularly is the next ritual I’m hoping to adopt.  How about you?  Do you have daily rituals that nurture and sustain you?  Are you hoping to add any new rituals to your routine?

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Funny Cello Player T-Shirt by Joana Miranda Studio at Society6

Perfect for the music lover in your life, my Pogo Cello Player Cartoon Illustration is now available in my shop at Society6 on totes, tees and more!

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