My Drafting Table...sketch book, works in progress, finished rendering and a pair of Lucite Leaves

Exhaustion has officially set in…

I don’t know if it is seasonal or maybe a result of two days of kitchen painting, but I’m calling it quits for tonight.

(Perhaps photographing jewelry, teaching, and business researching, along with the painting will count towards a day well spent?)

This is a design done 4 years ago when I was just learning how to render jewelry:

Colored Pencil and Gouache Onyx and Diamond Earring Rendering by Joana Miranda

I think I’ve come a long way (Baby!), but it is hard for me to be totally objective.


  1. Payal says:

    I have been visiting your page regularly for a month and I absolutely love ur designs.
    Amazing rendering .. where did U learn it from ?

    • Hi Payal,

      Thanks for visiting my site and for your nice comment! Back in 2006 I took the Quick Design Lab course at GIA NY. This 5-day course covered the basics of working with colored pencils on vellum. I got so hooked that I continued searching for books on rendering so that I could continue to refine my skills and experiment with different papers and media. I’ve learned mostly by looking at great renderings (I recommend Shinde Jewels by Reema Keswani, as well as the “how-to” rendering books by Maurice Galli with FanFan Li and Dominique Riviere.) If you visit one of my earlier posts ( you can find direct links to these rendering books.

      Keep visiting and if you want more specifics on techniques, I’m happy to help!

      All best wishes, Joana

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