Do you ever look at an illustration and see yourself in it…even if the character bears no resemblance to you or is doing an activity that you don’t normally do? Does an illustration or cartoon stick in your mind long after you’ve seen it? The best illustrators, in my opinion, have a knack for capturing universal emotions. They can also create images that become imprinted like snapshots in our memory. That universality and resonance is what I strive for in my spot illustrations. Keeping it real, for me, is as much about paring down non-essential lines as it is about making my characters relatable.

Spot Illustrations – Keeping it Real (and funny!)

Here are a collection of humorous spot illustrations I’ve done recently in my Moleskine sketchbook. (You can see more of my Moleskine sketches in my portfolio on Behance.) Each of the illustrations , below, was drawn free-hand and then given pops of color with watercolors.

The Pianist

Funny spot illustrations - The Pianist - by Joana Miranda

Pandemic Creativity –

Sewing homemade masks illustration by Joana Miranda

Pandemic Accessories –

The mask as a fashion accessory.  Colored pencil and watercolor spot illustration by Joana Miranda

The Waiter (Note the Empty Restaurant) –

Restaurant spot illustrations by Joana Miranda

If you’re interested in commissioning me to create spot illustrations for your magazine, newsletter or presentation, please get in touch. I’d love to work with you!


Since you’ve got to stay at home, you might as well be creative with your use of time!

Spot illustration showing bored man in pjs shooting toilet paper rolls into the wastepaper basket, by Joana Miranda

xox – Joana


  1. Mm says:

    Where’s the mother of Puck? And Puck waving bye bye? Huh??? Xoxo mm ;mother of Puck)

    • Joana says:

      I decided to save that illustration for it’s OWN post. 😉 Plus, I need a new Pucky picture, so you’ll have to deliver.

      xox – J

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