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My Favorite Things – Getting Back into the (Haute) Drawing Groove

I’ve been itching to get back to drawing, but life (and lots of rehearsals, shows and concerts) has been intervening.

Tonight, on intermission between the two ballets I was playing, I went up to my husband’s office and sketched.

prelim sketch for glam bday card


She’s by no means finished, but it DID feel good to hone in on my other artistic skills for a change.

More will be coming soon (hopefully!)


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Jo’s Journey (A Somewhat Irreverent Guide to Doing Anything Better ) – The Naked Truth

One of my personal goals, and, in fact, a big part of the “raison-d’etre” for this blog, is to continue to challenge myself to grow as both an artist and a human being.  Even though I have perfectionist tendencies, I’ve learned along the way that the process of learning is far more enriching than just being “there.”  I also feel that sharing what you create is the best way to see not only your accomplishments, but where you need to grow and evolve.  That said, the process of creating art is a deeply personal one, and as such has to be nurtured with infinite care and compassion.

Lately, as I’ve been working at my Josephine illustrations, I’ve been focusing more on the entire composition, as well as aiming for more dynamic movement overall.  In this “naked” sketch (PG, of course), Josephine is teetering on one heel, about to lose grasp of her balloons.

birthday surprise

(At least she still has all her marbles!)

I’ll need to settle on the clothes and colors for this illustration, as well as refine the overall composition over the next few days.  But that’s the fun part!  I hope you’ll stop back soon to see the finished result…

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Party On! New Marker and Ink Illustration by Joana Miranda

…because the alternative is a lot less fun!

Party Girl watermark

Party On(5×7 birthday card now available at Joana Miranda Studio at Etsy.)


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Surprise! Whimsical Marker and Ink Illustration by Joana Miranda

Surprise! for blog

(5×7 birthday card now available at Joana Miranda Studio at Etsy)


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Friday’s Thought – On Creating Your Destiny

Black and white photo of Art Deco building with colored balloons, taken by Joana Miranda

Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words.  Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviors.  Keep your behaviors positive because your behaviors become your habits.  Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values.  Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.

 (Mahatma Gandhi)

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