Recently, I’ve been really enjoying working through some “how-to” cartoon books by Randy Glasbergen.  Glasbergen was a prolific cartoonist who began selling his cartoons at the age of 15 and went on to create thousands of cartoons and comic illustrations for such publications as The Wall Street Journal,  Reader’s Digest, Good Housekeeping, Harvard Business Review, Woman’s World, and PC Connection among many others.  Although he passed away at the very young age of 58, those of us passionate about creating cartoon illustrations can still learn from him via his books and writings about cartooning.  Studying with such a master – even if it is now sort of from the great beyond – has been informative, entertaining and vastly helpful.  I am immensely grateful that Mr. Glasbergen was so generous with sharing his knowledge and talent!

As you can see, I’ve been diligently doing my homework – which includes making silly faces and sketching the expressions I see in the mirror.

cartoon sketching worksheets

Bad news

The process has already translated into simpler cartoons in my sketchbook …

My Husband

(Thank you to my husband who consented to pose for this one!)


And to cartoons with a lot more character!

After the workout for blog



  1. Denise Pellegrino says:

    Sooo funny!!! You are so good at this… I guess there is always something to learn and you seem to have a thirst to keep learning… That is so true in all aspects of life, there is always room to learn more because everyday you wake up you will learn something new that day, a very dear friend who was twice my age told me that and it always remained with me… So Joana keep sharing all your new sketches, I will anxiously be awaiting! Best Regards, Denise 😉

    Sent from my iPad


    • Joana says:

      Hi Denise,

      Thanks for cheering me on! My father told me once that he never worried about me because he knew that I would stick with something until I got it. Hearing him say that made me very proud – and of course even more committed to seeing through my goals to the end.

      I have to say that this cartooning “goal” is a real pleasure and certainly doesn’t feel like work.

      🙂 Joana

      On Mon, Sep 5, 2016 at 7:46 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


  2. Marta Miranda says:

    I love these the best of all your drawings. You were always an expert at making silly faces, as pa always said: “Joana, stop making such a fooosa!”

    • Joana says:

      Hi Marta,

      Ma is also a big fan of my new cartoons. I’m having a ball and feel like I’ve finally hit my stride – or, more specifically, found my niche 🙂

      I am waiting on one more little prendinha to arrive before I amass your loot and ship it to you. I’ll give you a head’s up when the box is on the way…

      Lots of love, Your Sister

      On Mon, Sep 5, 2016 at 7:50 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


      • Marta Miranda says:

        Yay, loot!! Do I get a cartoon, too? 😉

        I can see you’ve found your voice with these cartoons! I think you should make them the subject of your 2017 calendar…


        • Joana says:

          Hi Marta,

          Yes, I’m thinking the same regarding the calendar….must get my heinie in gear, though, if I’m going to make a November manufacturing deadline.

          Your package was mailed today and should be there by Monday or Tuesday (it’s going 2-day Priority Mail). But don’t open it until the day, ok? Everything is wrapped and there’s a card inside, too.:-)

          I love you! Your Sister

          On Thu, Sep 8, 2016 at 4:55 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


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