We’re a day away from our much-needed vacation, so maybe that’s why this cartoon emerged from my drafting table…
(This cartoon was featured in the 2017 Joana Miranda Studio calendar. If you missed out on the calendar, never fear; the greeting card version of the cartoon is available here. You can also purchase the print version here!)
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After two intense-but-exhilarating weeks of sitting Principal Viola for the Lincoln Center Festival, I’m catching up on sleep and chores. Even better, I’m back at my drafting table creating cartoons!!!
Here’s my latest…
(This illustration also happens to be available in my shop at Etsy as a greeting card. The print version will be available shortly.)
Because life is about savoring those special moments…
(To see this cartoon larger or to purchase the greeting card version, please click here.)
I just arrived back to the Big Apple after a lovely weekend spent with my mom at her cottage in NH. As always, she put up with me most graciously, made me fabulous meals and a t0-die-for rhubarb pie, and cheered me on at my trio recital in Vermont. I could go on and on about all that I love about my mom, but for now I’m offering up this simple “ode” and cartoon to her…
I am truly blessed,
Since my mom’s the best.
She is pretty switched on,
(Except from dusk to dawn.)
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Single panel gag cartooning is a challenging yet rewarding process on many levels. For those of my fans who are curious how I work, here’s my step-by-step guide for creating cartoons:
- Start with a strong emotion (anger, exasperation, love, surprise, jealousy, oblivion, etc.) The more personal to your own experience, the better.
- Google the emotion and read multiple articles taking note of any interesting phrases, words, or descriptions you come across. (I find that Googling “Huffington post + a phrase that includes my emotion word” is often a good place to start.)
- *Search for synonyms, antonyms or words that rhyme with your key words.
- *Look for “play on word” possibilities.
- *Be open to letting your mind wander. You may be surprised where you end up!
- *Research any potential cartoon themes using the Google IMAGE search to make sure your cartoon idea hasn’t already been done.
*These steps sometimes take me days and LOTS of note taking. I keep my notes on my computer in a “Cartoon Gag” word document. It’s important to have a record of your process since you never know when a discarded idea might jog your funny bone…
- Sketch out your cartoon idea lightly in pencil.
- Revise. Scan your sketch into a photo-editing program (or hold it up to a light) so that you can see the reverse image of the sketch. You’ll be amazed how many flaws you see when you reverse the sketch.
- Ink over your final pencil sketch.
- Choose a color palette. For cartoons for publication, I stick with either black and white line drawings, or shades of gray. For my shop at Etsy I have more leeway to introduce pops of color.
- Pat yourself on the back. Not only have you stretched your brain and your creative eye, but you’ll probably find that the strong emotion you started out with is now transformed…therapy doesn’t get much cheaper than that!
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