I spent the first part of this week focused on several custom illustrations. Therefore, it felt like a vacation when I was able to return to freehand drawing. When I started drawing in my Moleskine art sketchbook yesterday I certainly didn’t plan to create circus animal art. But, in the end, that’s what emerged!

The beginnings of my circus animal art…

Weren’t all that auspicious. In fact, this is what the illustration looked like before I decided to call it a night and go to bed:

Circus animal art in process in my Moleskine art sketchbook - by Joana Miranda

A good night’s sleep fortunately provided some renewed energy and fresh imagination. Before I knew it, my drawing evolved into this today:

Circus art completed drawing in my Moleskine art sketchbook by Joana Miranda

I lucked out with the weather today, too, since the humidity and the temperature dropped enough so that it was pleasant to work outside. Not only does the fresh air and sun do my spirit good, but the bright light always helps me with color selections, too.

The artist at work - outside - in the bright and cheery sunlight.

(By the way, I adore working with my fan watercolor palette. The colors are vibrant yet easy to blend. Plus, the design of the “fan” trays makes me feel a bit like I’ve entered the high tech world of fashion design.)

The Cirque du Sourire Art –

Circus animal art print by Joana Miranda Studio.  Now available at Joana Miranda Studio at Etsy.

Is now available in three different print sizes in my shop at Etsy. Even better, no animals were harmed in the creation of this circus. So go ahead, smile and enjoy this whimsical print!

P.S. If you’re curious to see more of my animal illustrations, you’ll probably enjoy visiting the animal page in my artist portfolio.


    • Joana says:

      I was wondering if you’d finally lost your marbles…so glad you like my MICIES! 🙂
      xox – J

    • Joana says:

      I like them, too! They were plucked from my imagination. (However, I did look at photos of elephants because I couldn’t remember how their trunks fit into the overall scheme of their face – i.e. where the mouth went, etc.) But it’s a lot more fun to just invent animals so I’ll keep going in that direction.

      Stay safe my dear! Sending lots of love,

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