Since the New York City Ballet winter season started 2 1/2 weeks ago, I’ve had little to no free time.  But yesterday and today I finally got some…and I’ve been putting it to good use!

Yesterday, in my ongoing quest to simplify yet still make my illustrations as expressive as possible, I practiced creating some cartoon versions of myself.

My Life as a Cartoon #1 resized

My Life as a Cartoon #2 resized

My Life as a Cartoon #3 resized

I loved doing the facial expressions, but realized that I might need to rethink the body proportions as well.

My Life as a Cartoon #4 resized

(Where did my legs go?)

So today I worked on stick figure body drawings.  I felt like I wasn’t making much progress until I decided to create a more fantastical pixie-like creature.  Here she is…

Joana's Pixie for blog



    • Joana says:

      Thanks, Helen! The pixie is developing…and hopefully will be flitting around some NY settings soon. 🙂

      We got just enough snow this morning to make everything look sparkly and magical. Now the sun has pretty much “ruined” the effect, but I’m not complaining.

      XOX – Joana

      On Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 7:50 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


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