I’m back at it…well, that is, back at sketching people in the subway.  (I also sketched the conductor during one of the longer breaks in my Wicked show tonight, but that sketch isn’t good enough for “public consumption.” )

However, I think these two sketches are worth posting…

Sketch of girl in knit tank top

Sketch of woman in a black hat

You’ll notice that instead of using pen, this week I switched to black colored pencil.  I’m still aiming for the economy of line I was striving for with the black Sharpie pen, but I finding that I prefer the colored pencil since it allows for greater subtlety of shading.

What’s next?  Another 4 Wicked shows which means lots more subway rides.  Stay tuned…


  1. Sharon says:

    These are great! I like no 2- she looks like someone nice to know. Xo mm

    Sent from my iPhone


    • Joana says:

      Hi Meh-meh,

      Thanks! When I did sketch no. 2, I was pretty sure the person sitting next to me was watching the whole time, but for once I didn’t get self-conscious and shrivel up and die. Progress!

      xox – J

      On Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 9:44 AM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


  2. Tonya says:

    Great job! I really like the first one. I’ve been drawing more with colored pencil lztily bc it isn’t erasable, thought it might help me learn more. A sharpie would scare me. Maybe that’ll be the next challenge ?!

    • Joana says:

      Hi Tonya,

      Thanks for your comment! Another reason why the colored pencil is nice is that you can work with the side of the pencil as well. (You can’t do that with a fine tip Sharpie). However, practicing with a Sharpie has been invaluable since it has forced me to think before committing to the paper. I’m trying to keep that process in mind as I work with the colored pencil so that I don’t end up “overdrawing”.

      🙂 Joana

      On Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 10:52 AM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


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