There was so much about my recent trip to Paris that was wonderful. Unexpectedly, my time spent sightseeing alone each day was partly what made the trip so memorable.
As I explored the different Arrondisements, it didn’t matter if I stopped every five feet to snap a picture, decided to veer off my charted course to wander down an interesting side street, or found myself lost and had to retrace my steps. When my feet got tired or I got hungry, I stopped to rest or to eat; and at the end of the day I always had adventures to report back to my husband.
My sketch book was always handy, and since Paris is a city for people watching my cafe breaks provided the perfect opportunity to try and capture the expressions and spirit of those around me.
In short, I would say that my entire trip was trés parfait except for one little thing. Everyone (or so it seems) in Paris smokes – and I’m not referring to the occasional social cigarette. Parisians seem to be heavy weight champions in the sport of chain smoking. Sitting in the those wonderful outdoor cafes means you’re liable to be served up a side of cancer along with your Chèvre.
C’est domage, but maybe by the next time I visit that will have changed. Here’s hoping…
Filed under cartoon illustration, drawing, drawing faces, From My Sketchbook, illustration, ink sketches, inspiration, marker and ink illustration, Pen Sketch, practicing drawing, Quick Sketch, sketchbook, travel
Because hairdressers can be artists, too!
And I am lucky to have one such artist hairdresser. His name is Osamu and he cuts hair at Polaris Hair Studio in NYC. Every time I go see him he listens attentively to what I want, discusses how he’s going to cut my hair, and yes, even draws annotated pictures of my hair style. He’s not a chatty hairdresser (“focused” is a more apt description) so I just sit back and watch the magic happen.
(P.S. Yes, I did go “pixie” again last week. )
Wishing you a fresh and joyful start to the new year. May 2016 bring you happiness and good times!
Lately I’ve been throwing caution to the wind (or at least trying to!) and have been drawing my illustrations directly in India ink with a bamboo quill sketching pen. The idea is to go with the flow, literally, and let the pen and its somewhat unpredictable lines direct the outcome of the illustration.
Last night this windswept girl emerged.
When I went to bed, I wasn’t quite sure exactly where she was going (or coming from) but today I had a better idea and with my Aquash water brush laid out a suggestion of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline in the background.
The addition of a lamp post and the darkening of some of the points of interest has now brought the illustration to this point.
What’s next? Well, first a Wicked performance tonight, but hopefully when I return to my drafting table tomorrow I’ll be in the right frame of mind to add the appropriate touches of color! Stay tuned…
Filed under Aquash pen, art, City Girl Designs, drawing, education, fashion illustration, fashion sketches, illustration, ink sketches, inspiration, motivation, My Favorite Things, New work, New York, pen and ink, practicing drawing, techniques, Tool Box
“Imagination is the eye of the soul.”
Filed under art, drawing, fashion illustration, Friday's Thought, illustration, Influences, inspiration, marker and ink illustration, New work, wisdom, wise quotes
I’m delighted to announce that a (growing) collection of Joana Miranda Studio illustrations are now available on totes, mugs, pillows and other home accessories at Joana Miranda Studio at Society 6. Here’s a sampling of the totes…
(Click here to purchase.)
And a shower curtain!
(Click here to purchase.)