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A Wee Bit of Shameless Product Promotion…

Guess what?  My mom ordered one of my tote bags recently from my shop at Society6 (thanks, Mom!) and since I happen to be visiting her, I got to “try it on” today.

Here’s a closeup so that you can see how nice the printing looks…

Close up of The Practice Session tote bag

And a little farther away to give some perspective (this is the 16×16 sized tote.)

The Practice Session2

Take it to your music lesson, or to the gym…

The Practice Session Tote bag

With plenty of room, sturdy construction and the image printed on both sides, you’ll look good coming and going!

The Practice Session tote on chair


P.S.  Other designs are available as well.  Take a look here.



Filed under Art, Drawing, fashion illustration, illustration, Joana Miranda Studio, Joana Miranda Studio at Society6, Josephine, watercolor and ink illustration

Keeping It Fresh – New Illustration Debuts!

My latest illustration has been an exercise in, well…

keeping it fresh!

Although I did quite a few versions of this illustration trying out different settings for Josephine and her little dog André (see below for an example)…

fruit stand

In the end, I decided Jo and André were just fine on their own, thank you very much.

By the way, if you’re environmently conscious like me, then this new tote is a must for your grocery runs!

Fresh Shopping Tote

(To purchase, please click here.)


Filed under Art, Influences, Joana Miranda Studio at Society6, Josephine, marker and colored pencil illustration, New work, print, Society6

Happy Mother’s Day!

Playing Dress Up final with black and white borders blog

With love to my mommy and to all my friends who are mothers (and stepmothers), too!

(P.S.  This illustration is now available in my Etsy shop as a greeting card and as an 8.5 x 11 print.)



Filed under illustration, marker and ink illustration, New work

Jo’s Journey (A Somewhat Irreverent Guide to Doing Anything Better) – 10 Steps to Cultivating Beauty

I’ve been talking a lot to my mom lately.  Last night the subject of our conversation turned to what makes someone beautiful.  And that got me thinking about my friends and why they are so beautiful to me.

My friends…

1. Make eye contact with me

2. Listen intently

3. Try to understand what I’m feeling and where I’m coming from

4. Are caring and loyal

5. Are honest about their own fears and insecurities

6. Share their successes and triumphs

7. Are generous

8. Have a sense of humor about themselves and about life

9.  Are curious about the world and aren’t afraid to try new things

10. Embrace their age with honesty and grace

I figure if I can strive to be even half of those things to my friends, I might just become more beautiful, too!

 funny hair roller fashionista

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” 
(Kahlil Gibran)


Filed under Art, illustration, Influences, marker and ink illustration, New work, wisdom

My Favorite Things – Reworking An Old Illustration (and seeing the progress!)

About a year ago I switched from working with watercolors and gouache to using markers and ink for my fashionista illustrations.  I made the switch for several reasons; I wanted more vibrancy to my colors, and I wanted to work with a more translucent paper without having to worry about the paper buckling under the wetness of the paint.

My first attempts with markers were fairly clumsy and heavy-handed, but I feel now like I’m really growing into the medium.  Today I brought back an old illustration to rework.  I always liked the drawing, but knew when I originally finished it that it would need to be reworked at a later date.

Here’s the old version:

Good Health and Happy Birthday old illustration

And here is the new re-worked version:

Good Health and Happy Birthday reheeled blog

The greeting card version is now available in my shop at Etsy!


Filed under Andre, Art, Drawing, illustration, Joana Miranda Studio, Joana Miranda Studio at Etsy, Josephine, marker and ink illustration, My Favorite Things, New work

New Thank You Card Debuts at Joana Miranda Studio

Available as either a folding 5×7 card or a horizontal note card

Polka Dot Thank You mockup

horizontal polka dot thank you card mockup

(Because everyone appreciates a thank you!)


Filed under A Talent for Design Shop, Art, Drawing, Joana Miranda Studio, Joana Miranda Studio at Etsy, Josephine, marker and ink illustration, New work

My Favorite Things – Making Progress at the Drafting Table

I’ve had limited time these past weeks for regular work on my illustrations.  Therefore, when I do get a chunk of time – like I did yesterday – I feel like an addict making up for lost time.  Top of my list recently has been a new “head-shot” for Josephine.  I struggled this week with various looks and angles…only to find that, in the end, the problem was  too many angles!  In each of the versions I created, Josephine looked stiff, over-worked, and (gasp!) old.  Yesterday as I scratched my brain in frustration and pondered the next step, something clicked…or loosened up…or, whatever.

draft table collage

And a pondering, but still sassy, Josephine emerged.

Josephine ponders blog


Filed under Art, illustration, Josephine, marker and ink illustration, motivation, My Favorite Things, New work, techniques