Since none of us are allowed to sit at cafes right now, I decided to create my own virtual cafe today. At the cafe of my dreams the weather is always mild and sunny, the birds chirp, and the Chai lattes are sweet without having added sugar. Yah, I know…dream on! Sitting at a cafe is always more fun with friends, so I invite you to pull up a chair and join me for a session of free-hand drawing at the cafe. (I promise you might even hear a bird or two!)

Free-Hand Drawing – At the Cafe:

After I finished the illustration above, I added a few pops of color with my Daniel Smith watercolors. Here’s the finished cartoon illustration:

Free hand drawing - At the Cafe by Joana Miranda

You might be wondering…

Why is she using such a tiny double-sided pencil for her illustrations? In this video, I explain why. Suffice to say that it’s a clever hack born of necessity in the current period of pandemic penny pinching.


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  1. Helen reich says:

    Hey Joana, congratulations on the big achievements! Your cafe customer looks very contented with her drink and the pleasant breeze she’s likely enjoying.

    • Joana says:

      Thank you, my dear! They’re actually tiny little achievements from BIG efforts, but I’ll take whatever comes my way.;-)

      xox – Joana

  2. Mm says:

    Puck and I loved listening to the birdos and I loved the drawing and the chai latte! Mm

    • Joana says:

      Ooh, so glad to hear that you both liked my newest video! More coming soon, I promise!

      xox – J

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