What was supposed to be a lighter work load this week has turned into anything but since I’m playing all seven performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with New York City Ballet.  It’s a glorious score, and the audience loves the staging and the dancing, so no complaints here.  All the same, finding time to work on my illustrations has been a challenge.

But, I did make progress today on this sketch.

prelim sketch for glam bday card


Here is the transferred pen version…

transferred pen drawing

And the illustration after I had rendered the skin and was adding the first layer of red marker.

red marker added

Here is the illustration with a second layer of darker red low-lights added…

second layer of red low lights added

And, the finished dress with yet another darker layer of red added and some blending over the highlights!

couture dress rendered

The balloons weren’t finished when I took the photo above, and I might still redo them for the card version.  But for tonight…

that’s all folks!



    • Joana says:

      Thanks, Helen! Rendering that dress was really fun – and an exercise in restraint since I wanted to use the minimum of strokes to convey the material’s shiny quality. I still have some work to do with the balloons and the expression, but this one might end up being a keeper.

      Are you playing Piano Arts next week? Andy will be back in your neck of the woods and then will join me in Oberlin for the memorial for my dad.

      A big hug, Joana

      On Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 12:38 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


    • Joana says:

      Thanks so much, Tracy!

      I’ll be posting the final version tomorrow. I’m looking forward to having some nice free time to create lots more illustrations in about a week…for now, it’s back to the grindstone in the ballet pit. 😉

      XOX – Joana

      On Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 4:31 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


    • Joana says:

      🙂 Those red markers ARE among my favorites!


      On Fri, Jun 6, 2014 at 7:15 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


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