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Namely, my drafting table! Since “free time” for drawing has been in such short supply this past month, it was with great pleasure that I sat down to work on some “head shots” today.
I call her Josephine.
(But she does bear a marked resemblance to me – that is, when I’ve bothered to get out of my sweatpants, put on makeup and style my hair!)
Wishing you a fresh and joyful start to the new year. May 2016 bring you happiness and good times!
Much as I expected, this past week I had ample opportunities for sketching on my numerous commutes to Lincoln Center and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. I also took the opportunity to explore different techniques of working with my new synthetic Aquash water/ink brush.
These techniques ranged from quick gesture portraits from my imagination, like this…
And quick gesture portraits inspired by some of the riders around me, like this…
To more detailed study drawings like this.
In addition to using the brush pen for outline sketches as above, I also practiced using it to lay in a quick mass of “color” for body shapes. I then followed by adding in the holding outlines and further details with a ball point pen.
In case you’re curious, I used the above technique for this illustration (now available in my shop at Etsy) substituting Copic Sketch markers for the “ink wash” and using a fine line paintbrush dipped in India ink for the holding outlines. No preliminary pencil drawing was used.
I figure if you have to do it, you might as well have a sense of humor about it!
Truth be told, I actually find vacuuming to be calming. Who knew?
(P.S. This illustration is now available in my shop at Etsy.)
For some odd reason, in the first few weeks after the new year I tend to have no problem remembering to write “2015” on my checks and correspondence; however, come right about now, I usually lapse into writing “2014”…and sometimes even worse (a few years ago, I wrote 1987!) To aid my addled brain, I have a desk calendar right near my computer, and a wall calendar – ahem, the Joana Miranda Studio 2015 Calendar – hanging above my drafting table. So far, I haven’t lapsed. Fingers crossed…
In case you’re in need of similar aid, I’m happy to announce that I have a limited number of Joana Miranda Studio 2015 Calendars still available, AND they’re currently on sale for a mere
$18 $12.50! Whoowee! Now that’s a bargain!
Hop on over to my shop at Etsy to snatch up yours today…