Pen and pastel self-portrait by Joana Miranda

I’m having a lot of fun studying drawing techniques in a book I recently purchased –  Big Book of Fashion Illustration.   Today’s self-portrait was inspired by the techniques of one of the artists featured in the book.  I did this illustration using ink and pastel.

I’d love to hear what you think!

Pen and pastel self-portrait by Joana Miranda


  1. mom says:

    Está bem bonita, mas parece-se mais com a prima Lena, filha da prima Palmira, e mulher do Carlos, lembras-te?

    • Joana says:

      Hi Ma,

      I showed Tom the design and he wrote back and said, “too life-like” and “needs more FANTASY.” His feeling is that people will try to spend too much time trying to figure out who it is, or who it looks like to them. I guess you’ve proved his point!

      I don’t remember Lena (except for the “other” Lena). I’m going to go over to Tom’s place next week to see his new book on Erte.

      Can’t wait to see you soon!

    • Joana says:

      Ola Pedro,

      Mostrei o meu desenho a um amigo que e um “licensed artist.” Ele disse que o desenho precisa de mais fantasia – he said that it is too “life-like” and that people will spend time trying to figure out who it is (or who it reminds them of.) An interesting and valid point.

      So back to the drawing board:-)

      Ate ja –

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