This past week I played 6 Wicked shows in 4 days…which meant that I had quite a bit of time to kill between shows on the two-service days.  Times Square is a lively place, to say the least, and the people watching is always interesting and often entertaining.  While I could have sketched some of the topless ladies in the “Free Your Breasts/Free Your Mind” parade (or the man on the opposite side of the street with the “Jesus Saves” sign who was indignantly hurling insults at the parade), I chose to sketch some tamer “specimens.”  The open air public park near the Gershwin Theater proved the perfect place to sit and work on some cartoon sketches.  Here’s what caught my eye…

A middle-aged theater goer with her water bottle – 

Middle aged woman sitting in park in Times Square

A young woman happily talking on her cell phone – 

Happy girl on her cell phone

And, a middle-aged Asian man anxiously looking at his cell phone.

Asian man contemplating his cell phone


    • Joana says:

      Hi Helen,

      Yes, I think I’m getting faster and also getting a bit better with figuring out what to leave out. I’m working towards a new personal goal (leaving it private for now) to really challenge myself and to try and get to that next level. Keep your fingers crossed for me, please.

      xox – Joana

      On Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 7:23 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


  1. Denise Pellegrino says:

    Hi Joana, you are doing great! … Then again I have always thought that!… Looking at your photos just a little disappointed with how some people dress these days going to a New York City play… I guess I’am from the old school and I think a pair of nice slacks or a pretty summer dress would fit the bill nicely!… Hope you do not think I’am a prude…. Lol… Really far from if you really know me… Until next time keep your sketches coming!… Warmest regards! 😉

    Sent from my iPad


    • Joana says:

      Hi Denise,

      Yes, “Casual Fridays” has become “Sloppy Everyday of the Week” pretty much. I can’t really see the audience at all at Wicked (the pit is too low), but I imagine you find a bit of everything from dressy to really casual. One of the things I notice these days, too, is that often you’ll see a young couple where the woman is dressed very nicely, and the man is totally dressed down. Not sure what that’s about, but I’m glad that my husband is old-fashioned enough not to leave the house un-tucked and unkempt!

      Hope you are having a lovely holiday weekend! Joana

      On Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 6:16 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


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