I’m embarrassed to admit that I let two weeks go by without working on a single illustration.  Not good.  While I sort of have an excuse for the first week (playing 6 shows and 3 rehearsals in 5 days doesn’t leave much time for anything else), my only excuse for last week was that I was too busy eating gourmet meals, swimming and loon-watching at my mom’s lakeside cabin in NH.

Not surprisingly, today when I sat down at my drafting table, rusty is an understatement for how I felt.  As a result, I don’t have much I’m proud to post, but here at least is a sampling of what I attempted…
detail from cafe sketch


(Trust me when I say that you don’t need to see the rest of this composition!)



    • Joana says:

      Can you tell I was starving, too? 😉 Actually, creating that illustration was a good way for me to take my focus off of being hungry. Now I’m awaiting Prince Charming (still asleep) so that we can breakfast like champions.

      I love you! J

      On Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 8:10 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


    • Joana says:

      Thanks, Helen! I wasn’t exactly pleased with how the overall drawing came out, but I colored it in anyway (quickly) which is fun. I’m going to try a slightly different approach today, but I’m still aiming to keep it loose.

      XOX – Joana

      On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 12:01 AM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


    • Joana says:

      Thanks so much, Rita! Today I felt like I made real progress… and I’m about to post the results (and some helpful videos) in a moment. Having an entire day free to devote to my “attempts” was really nice, too. Practice, practice, practice…right?

      🙂 Joana

      On Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 10:58 AM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


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