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From My Sketchbook – The Good, the Bad and the Smokey

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.

En Paris

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.

cartoon head illustration studies

Quick sketch of cheerful middle aged man

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.

Quick sketch of Parisian girl smoking

C’est domage, but maybe by the next time I visit that will have changed.  Here’s hoping…










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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.


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My Favorite Things – My Hairdresser at Polaris Hair Studio

Because hairdressers can be artists, too!

The haircut watermarked for blog


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. )


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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!


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My Favorite Things – Making Good Progress on an Illustration

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.

Windswept Girl

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.

Windswept Girl 2

The addition of a lamp post and the darkening of some of the points of interest has now brought the illustration to this point.

Windswept Girl 3

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…


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Friday’s Thought – On Imagination

Ta Da Cape Coat for blog

“Imagination is the eye of the soul.”

(Joseph Joubert)


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Joana Miranda Studio Illustrations Now Available at Society6!

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…

two tote bags

(Click here to purchase.)

And a shower curtain!

In the Tub shower curtain at Societ6

(Click here to purchase.)

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