Tag Archives: Josephine

The Fine Art of Lounging…

Lazy Days with text watermarked



June 4, 2016 · 10:47 pm

The Concert


Once in a Blue Moon Final for blog
Every once in a while (and with inimitable style),

she was over the moon because she got the tune.


Filed under Art, Drawing, fashion illustration, Joana Miranda Studio, Josephine, marker and ink illustration, New work

My Favorite Things – Working from a Happy Place

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.

The subject?  

Three cartoon head shots

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!)


Filed under Art, Drawing, drawing faces, fashion illustration, illustration, Influences, Joana Miranda Studio, Josephine, My Favorite Things, New work, practicing drawing

Happy New Year from Joana Miranda Studio

Happy New Year 2015-16 cropped for blog

Wishing you a fresh and joyful start to the new year.  May 2016 bring you happiness and good times!


Filed under Art, illustration, ink sketches, Josephine, marker and ink illustration

From My Sketchbook – Week 34

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…

Happy girl with updo

And quick gesture portraits inspired by some of the riders around me, like this…

Girl with earphones

To more detailed study drawings like this.

Businessman portrait side view

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.

Girl with large tote bag

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.

Gifted Holiday card mockup


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Keep Calm and…Vacuum?

I figure if you have to do it, you might as well have a sense of humor about it!

Someone's Gotta Do It Girl cropped for blog

Truth be told, I actually find vacuuming to be calming.  Who knew?

(P.S.  This illustration is now available in my shop at Etsy.)

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ON SALE! (Limited Availability)

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!

New Year's girl with calendar mockup

Hop on over to my shop at Etsy to snatch up yours today…

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