Category Archives: My Favorite Things

My Favorite Things – Springtime in Central Park

Spring comes without fail every year, yet I still find myself always amazed when the trees burst into flower and Central Park becomes a riot of colors.

Even though the skies were grey yesterday, here’s what I saw when I took my afternoon stroll  in the park…

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My Favorite Things – The Chrysler Building

Completed in 193o, the Chrysler building is considered a leading example of Art Deco architecture.  The terraced steel crown makes this landmark a true gem in Manhattan’s skyline, and I never tire of photographing it.

Here are just a few of the photographs I’ve taken of this magnificent building…

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My Favorite Things – Cafe Dates with My Cartoon Friends

I do have real friends, actually, but sometimes it’s just as fun to take myself out to a cafe with my sketchbook for some people watching and cartoon friend creation.

Case in point, this past weekend I walked to the Upper West Side Maison Kayser

And ordered a cafe latte and a slice of flour-less chocolate cake.

It was a hopping time to be at Maison Kayser, so I had fun picking subjects to sketch.  A party of four arrived at the table across from mine a short time after I sat down.  I captured one of the gentlemen in the group perusing the menu…as you can see, people tend to look happy when they’re reading the menu at Maison Kayser

And I could imagine him thinking…

 

Oh dear, oh my, what to choose?

Everything’s good, so there’s nothing to lose.

My belly has room for dessert, of course,

Too bad the sugar will cause remorse.

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My Favorite Things – A Chance to Win $10,000!

(Actually, even better is getting lots of encouragement and votes from my family, friends and fans.)

Yes, I’ve decided to enter the Etsy #DifferenceMakesUs Contest.  Winning is entirely based on popularity (number of votes across different Social Media platforms), so if you like me and my work, I hope you’ll consider voting!  You can submit your vote here up until midnight on April 6th, EST.

Happy Voting!

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My Favorite Things – Potato People, or, How to Draw Cartoon Figures

These days I’m very much a fan of the Potato People school of drawing.   Face it, it’s a lot easier to draw a potato than to draw the human figure.

Before I turned this potato into soup yesterday, I photographed it…

 

Then traced it.

 

After studying the outline, I added a circle for the head, and sticks for the legs and arms.  And since the potato looked like it was sitting, I gave it a support.

(I think you’ll agree he’s beginning to look like quite the spud.)

At this point, he was still just (potato) skin and bones, so I had to imagine what he would be wearing…and reading.  Voila!

Happy drawing!

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My Favorite Things – A Snow Day in Manhattan

I was supposed to meet a friend for lunch today, but most of the city was “cancelled” this morning due to a large winter storm.  So I suited up in my warmest winter finery, pulled on my rain boots, and headed out with my camera – the first time in a long while that I’ve had an afternoon free to shoot pictures.  I wasn’t the only one out in Central Park, but the blanket of snow, blustery wind and flurries made it still feel very isolated and peaceful.

Here’s what I saw…

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jogger-in-the-snow

around-the-reservoir

brown-burr-in-the-snow

the-beresford-in-the-snow

snow-covered-benches-in-central-park

three-men-on-the-swings

twig-in-the-snow

snow-covered-iron-gate

across-the-reservoir

snow-swirls

little-girl-in-red-coat

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My Favorite Things – Love, Actually

Because what else allows our partners to overlook our foibles and shortcomings (and, need I say, vice-versa)?

If you purchased the Joana Miranda Studio 2017 Cartoon Calendar you’ll recognize this cartoon which is now available as a greeting card in my shop at Etsy:

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Also, brand new, is this Dating Couples greeting card:

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More “couples” cartoon cards are in the works, so stay tuned.  In the meantime, may you be showered with many smooches (and laughs)!

Joana Miranda Studio

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