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Vision or Passion…Josephine Couldn’t Decide Which Should Come First

Ink and watercolor "Josephine" illustration by Joana Miranda

8.5 x 11 art print from original ink and watercolor illustration now available at A Talent for Design at Etsy

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Lavender Night – Digital Fashion Illustration by Joana Miranda

"Lavender Night" digital illustration by Joana Miranda

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A Design a Day – Day 336 (An Artful Way to Transform Negative Energy)

Every once in a while when the going gets tough, I’m tempted to use my blog to rant…

(But then I remember that the world is filled with enough ugliness and that few people out there probably want me to contribute my own ugly feelings to the mix.)

Besides, as I posted yesterday, one of the philosophies that I hold dear to my heart is:

Be the change you wish to see in the world.

Each day as I strive to create something beautiful, I’m doing it in great part to preserve my own sanity, and to preserve my faith in the goodness of the human spirit.

Watercolor and gouache gold and pearl earring rendering on vellum paper by Joana Miranda

Watercolor and Gouache Gold and Pearl Earring Rendering on Vellum Paper by Joana Miranda

What about you?  How do you create a slice of heaven for yourself?

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A Design a Day – Day 323 (A Palindrome, or Coming Full Circle)

Today’s Design A Day Rendering – Day 323 – is significant since 323 is a palindrome.  Its also significant because 323 days into my project of posting a new design for 365 consecutive days, I’m still learning and being excited by new techniques.

As many of you know, for my “quick” renderings I’ve used colored pencil with white gouache highlights.  Today, after spending about 4 hours working on a different design (I’m not ready to unveil it yet, but I can tell you that it will be available soon as part of a collection of new products I’m developing), I needed to concoct something quick for my design for the day.

I did this rendering on vellum paper, but did it entirely with gouache paint (not my usual colored pencil/gouache combination.)  As I was rendering the earring, I realized that I was using the techniques that monks in the 13th century used when creating their illuminated manuscripts!  This earring, therefore, is a tribute to a “coming full-circle” of sorts.  Its also proof that nothing is new – only imagination sets us apart.   Enjoy!

Watercolor and gouache black pearl earring rendering on vellum paper by Joana Miranda

Watercolor and Gouache Black Pearl and Gold Swing Earring Rendering on Vellum Paper by Joana Miranda

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A Design a Day – Day 302 (Continuing on a Quest for Excellence…One Day at a Time)

I played around a bit with the background choices in my CAD rendering for today and noticed that the overall resolution improved.  These gold earrings feature bezel-set emerald cabochon stones and pear shaped pearl drops:

Computer Aided Design of Emerald Chandelier Earring with Pearl Drops by Joana Miranda

CAD Rendering of Gold, Emerald and Pearl Chandelier Earrings by Joana Miranda

And here is a thought for today…

Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day.

(Thorton Wilder)

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A Design a Day – Day 296 (Flights of Imagination, or How to Travel to Beautiful Places for Free)

Colored pencil and gouache rendering of gold, emerald, diamond and pearl earring by Joana Miranda

Colored Pencil and Gouache Rendering of Gold, Diamond and Pearl Earring by Joana Miranda

Sometimes the riches we seek are in our own imaginations (and in our ability to think outside of the box!)  As many of you know, I’m a big fan of Chris Guillebeau.  I’m most often focused on his small-business and empire-building advice, but every once in a while I live a little vicariously by also enjoying his travel writings (Note – this is a guy who is on a five-year quest to visit ALL the countries in the world…and he is already more than 2/3rds of the way there!)

Chris recently posted a blog update entitled Beginner’s Guide to Travel Hacking.  I found it interesting, funny and inspiring.  If you want some good insights for how to make the most of your travel miles, get travel upgrades, hang out in elite airport lounges equipped with bathtubs, and learn about the fine art of “couch surfing,” you’ll enjoy the post, too!

Just remember, wherever your travels take you – imagined or real – make sure you are doing what you love to do.

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A Design a Day – Day 293 (Fruity Inspirations: Day 5)

Today’s fifth and final rendering in my current 5-day series of jewelry designs inspired by fruit, is inspired by none other than the

BANANA.

Not exactly my favorite fruit to eat on its own, but I do love banana bread and banana in fruit salads.  I also earned the dubious honor when I was younger of being known as “Joana Banana” (which works well in both the English and Portuguese languages since the word is the same.) Without further ado then, my final fruity rendering:

Colored pencil and gouache "banana" inpired earring rendering by Joana Miranda

Colored Pencil and Gouache Yellow Gold "Banana" Earring Rendering by Joana Miranda

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