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From My Sketchbook – Six Degrees of Separation

In a city of 8 million people, it’s easy to think you won’t ever run into anyone you know.  And yet even in this vast city, strangers share a common destiny.

Waiting for the same train…

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Lost in thought…

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Surprised by the noise across the subway car…

bald-man-with-beard-and-glassesOr, immersed in reading the latest news.

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From My Sketchbook – Back At It

I had noble intentions – i.e. lots of sketching – for the 10 days between the New York City Ballet Nutcracker run ending and the winter season starting.  Sadly, beyond forcing myself to practice every day (I have an audition coming up) and squeezing in some daily exercise time, I pretty much dropped the ball on everything else.   I was still recovering from having been sick, so I guess my lack of energy shouldn’t have come as a surprise.  After all, sometimes doing nothing is just what the doctor ordered, I guess.  Now I’m back to commuting to rehearsals and shows, which means I have some enforced people-watching sketching time.

Here’s what my fellow commuters looked like this past weekend…

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From My Sketchbook and Breaking News

It was a slow week for “plein air” sketching, so I humbly offer up this sole sketch from my subway travels…

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However, the good news is that my bottom was planted firmly in front of my drafting table where I’ve been busy at work for a while now on the 2017 Joana Miranda Studio Calendar!  This brand-new calendar will feature 12 never-before-published Joana Miranda Studio cartoons and gags.

As you can see, I’m pretty excited, and I hope you’ll stay tuned for more news!

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(P.S.  I expect the calendar to be published and available for purchase by the end of November/early December. )

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From My Sketchbook – Faces from my Travels

Even though our short escape to New England last week was a vacation, I still brought along my sketch book.  Here are two interesting faces I sketched:

On the bus…

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And at the King Arthur Flour Cafe.

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From My Sketchbook – A Slice of Humanity From New York’s MTA

I’ve been riding the subway A LOT these past weeks.  And I’m delighted to report that I finally wised up and started purchasing weekly passes instead of just putting a chunk of change on my metro card and riding “pay as you go.”  The upside to adding time to your metro card is that you have unlimited rides within the time frame you choose.  Which means that using your card feels like having free money…and who doesn’t like that?  I’ve also had fun, as usual, looking for interesting faces to sketch.  This week I stuck more to the cartoon style I’ve been embracing of late.

Here were a few of my companions…

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P.S.  As promised, here’s a link to my latest spooky cartoon illustration which is now available as a greeting card over in my shop at Etsy.

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From My Sketchbook – It’s Fall in the Big Apple!

As you can see from my sketches, it turned colder in the Big Apple this week.  My fellow commuters were sporting rain jackets and hats, and yes, I even saw one fur head wrap, although I didn’t get a chance to sketch it!  These sketches are a little less “cartoon-y” than the illustrations in my recent posts, but the clean lines and relative lack of clothing wrinkles are still in keeping with the cartoon style I’m after.

Enjoy!

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From My Sketchbook – The Melting Pot

One of the things I love about living in New York City is that it’s such an international city.  It’s not unusual to hear multiple different languages being spoken even on the Upper West Side where I live.  Some of the people are tourists, others are “transplants.”  In any case, the collection of faces in my sketchbook this week pays tribute to some of the potpourri that is New York!

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