As I’ve continued with my quest of creating daily fashion-oriented sketches, I’ve bumped up against some of my deep seated fears and insecurities.  While I’m not exactly an introvert, the thought of approaching a stranger and asking if I can sketch them fills me with nothing short of dread.  So, my “live” sketches so far have either been of people’s faces as they sat absorbed in their devices, or sketches of their backs.  Due to what I’ll just sum up as a lack of confidence, I also prefer to sketch unobserved by both the subject and others around me.  On the days when I haven’t sketched, it’s usually because I couldn’t find the requisite anonymity.  Even so, the process of trying to capture a pose in a few seconds or minutes has been very good for me.  Here’s one of my better attempts from this past week…

Girl with bag waiting for the subway

And I’ll confess that it did my confidence and artistic soul a world of good the other day when a young woman sitting near where I was sketching leaned over and said “You’re really good!”


    • Joana says:

      Thanks, Helen! Some days it certainly doesn’t feel like I have any talent. That said, I’m learning that more than slaving away at getting better, I need to start slaving away at understanding how to combat all the negative self-talk that goes on in my little pea brain.

      I’m loving your cufflink “buttons”! Gotta go and check them out in your shop.

      XOX – Joana

      On Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 6:46 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


  1. Stacy Low says:

    Actually, you’re amazing!! Your self-confidence is lagging WAY behind your skills. 🙂

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