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For Better or For Worse – Whimsical Watercolor Illustration by Joana Miranda

Whimsical Watercolor Illustration "For Better or for Worse" by Joana Miranda

(Whimsical print coming soon to Joana Miranda Studio at Etsy)



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In the Pink – Project Runway-Inspired Whimsical Quick Sketch by Joana Miranda

My husband and I are fans of the TV show Project Runway.  Recently, we’ve been catching up on previous seasons of the show on DVD.  One of the things I find most intriguing is seeing the kinds of fashion sketches the designers are able to create within specific time constraints.  Sometimes, in as little as 15 minutes, we get a glimpse not only of a great fashion concept, but of a compelling art work as well.  Seeing that concept turned into reality is also interesting of course; some designers have better success with the realization of a concept than others.

Since I’m always looking to improve my own design and illustration skills, I’ve decided to take a page from Project Runway.  For today’s illustration, I imagined Tim Gunn saying…

“Joana, you have 3o minutes to do a complete sketch.  MAKE IT WORK!

Here is the result:

Project Runway-inspired quick sketch by Joana Miranda


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The Anatomy of a Josephine Illustration: Part 2

On Saturday, I posted a rough sketch of my latest illustration-in-progress.  Although I wanted to finish the painting yesterday, life intervened and it wasn’t until today that I had sufficient free time again.

I started by transferring the outlines from the original sketch to Borden & Riley Bleedproof paper.   To do this, I first blackened in the back of the paper of the original sketch with a 5B pencil before tracing it over the art paper:

Photo of transfer process for Josephine illustration, by Joana Miranda

Once I had the faint outlines transferred to the art paper, I darkened them with a paintbrush dipped in black waterproof Sumi ink:

Photo of illustration redrawn with black waterproof Sumi ink, by Joana Miranda

Since I sometimes struggle with what color combinations I think will look best in the final illustration, I decided to scan the new version and play around with paint colors in my photo-editing program:

Photo-edited mock-up of Josephine illustration by Joana Miranda

From here it was on to real painting using gouache paints.  The final result:

Josephine is Perfumed, whimsical gouache illustration by Joana Miranda

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Red, White and a Little Blue – Original Watercolor Illustration by Joana Miranda

Whimsical fashion-based watercolor "Red, White and Blue" illustration by Joana Miranda

(Now available at Joana Miranda Studio at Etsy)


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