I just wrapped up work in my drawing course with Mattias Adolfsson. The course, offered over at Domestika, was entitled The Art of Sketching: Transform Your Doodles into Art. (If you’re new to this blog, you might want to check out some of my course homework here and here.) Creating my final project coincided, maybe fittingly, with reaching the last pages of my Moleskine notebook. Was the course worth it? YES! Not only did I feel like I learned interesting ways of transforming doodles into art, but, (even more importantly!) I learned to give myself permission to just doodle.

Transforming Doodles into Art

Transforming Doodles into Art - Two doodle pages in my Moleskin sketchbook
Free-hand ink and watercolor doodles (because sometimes anything goes…even typos!)

As you can see in the two-page sketchbook spread, above, there wasn’t really a set plan when I started drawing. Even so, I like the energy and life in the illustrations. Plus, if you isolate parts of the illustration, you get some interesting croppings like the one below:

Teacup doodles - Ink and Watercolor illustration by Joana Miranda

The final project instructions…

Were pretty loose. So I decided to create an illustration that would cover everything I learned in the course while also expressing my thanks to Mattias. (By the way, that’s him in the red shirt in the lower right-hand corner.)

Free-hand art doodles by Joana Miranda

The illustration above could actually be four separate illustrations. However, I tried to keep a flow between the four different scenes and also chose a limited color palette to harmonize across the illustration.

Here’s a Closer Look…

Mattias Adolfsson drawing course humorous illustration by Joana Miranda


Ta-Da - Funny Artistic Mice illustration by Joana Miranda


Enjoyed what you saw above? I’m contemplating doing a page-by-page video share of the entire notebook over in my channel at Youtube. The journal is as much an art progress journal as it is a pandemic journal. If you’re interested in a video look inside my journal, let me know in the comments.

Stay safe. Be well!


    • Joana says:

      Thanks, Helen! The teacups were an interesting experiment. Even though I didn’t really think carefully about the perspective (some are quite impossibly drawn), I was surprised that with the addition of color they seemed to actually work.

      I think (actually, know – hee-hee) that I’m getting a new Moleskin notebook for my bday. Can’t wait to start filling it up!
      xox – Joana

  1. Mm says:

    And my Pucky is in there! I love the ceramics, maybe I should hire you?!!! Xoxo mm

    • Joana says:

      Yes, but for you the rate will just be letting me play with Pucky and Tita!
      xox – J

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