These days the news isn’t very rosy for those of us musicians out there. For as long as people are at risk congregating among large groups of people, concert halls and theaters will remain shuttered. Fortunately, I have my other creative hat – my illustrations – to keep me singing my own happy tunes! To that end, I just put the finishing touches on some new musician art this afternoon. Take a look below for a step-by-step explanation of my process.

This musician art illustration…

Began with a series of freehand drawn inked heads.

Photo of my musician illustration in the drawing phase.

Why? Because I find it’s easier to figure out the legs after I’ve positioned the heads! Now fast forward a few hours (or about half a day) to…

The finished drawing!

Here it is before I added the watercolor. By the way, I drew the illustration with my Noodler’s Ahab Flex Fountain pen (pictured below). I’m really enjoying working with the pen since it gives me enough variety of line widths while still allowing me to draw fine lines, too. I’ve been trying to live frugally since the pandemic started. But buying this pen was definitely worth it. At $23, it’s hardly a splurge, but I still feel special when I use it for my drawings.

Finished inked drawing in my Moleskine notebook for my musician illustration

Choosing the colors…

Wasn’t too hard, though I did have to ask my husband about bow tie color for suits of tails. (Thank God we women just have to worry about one color – black – for our concert attire!)

Photo of finished musician ink and watercolor illustration in my Moleskine notebook

The musician print

Is now available in my shop at Etsy in 3 different sizes!

Funny music art print by Joana Miranda Studio at Etsy

So move over, Beatles, ’cause there’s a new band in town!


    • Joana says:

      Aw, thanks, my dear!

      Sending you lots of love and good wishes for a nice weekend!

      xox – J

  1. Mm says:

    It’s great! What about having a motorcycle in there, too? Lovely characters! Xoxo

    • Joana says:

      A motorcycle? Hmmm, Andy certainly would like that. I’ll keep that in mind for my next illustration.:-)

      xox – J

    • Joana says:

      Thank you, Jennifer! 🙂

      Hope you are doing well. Any new projects of late? Somehow, even though I have oodles of time now every day, I still don’t seem to be able to get to everything I’d like to do. My To-Do list includes putting up more YouTube videos, studying French, Spanish and Portuguese, and revamping my Etsy shop. Oh, and someday doing some real sewing again…sigh.

      xox – Joana

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