The heat has been oppressive in New York City these past few days. But I’ve been staying cool (more or less) indoors at my drafting table. My latest Moleskine illustration is still a work in progress. But the drawing portion is now finished. When do I know that a drawing is finished? Well, for one, when I run out of paper! Take a look at the freehand drawing demo below and you’ll see what I mean.

Freehand Drawing Demo from Joana Miranda Studio

In the process of creating my Seven Ladies illustration, I fell out of love and then back in love with my Noodler’s Ahab Flex fountain pen (pictured above.) I plan to do one of my Art Bag: Time Saving Tips and Tricks videos soon on how to work around the quirks of the pen.

Freehand drawing demo - One of the freehand drawn ladies from my Nine Ladies Moleskine notebook illustration.

For now, I’ll just say that my frustration with the pen yesterday was 100% user error. (I’m duly humbled.)

Meanwhile, if colored pencils are your thing, you might want to check out this Art Bag: Time Saving Tips and Tricks video which shows how I get maximum use out of my colored pencils:

Art Bag: Time Saving Tips and Tricks Video #2

P.S. Look for another Art Bag: Time Saving Tips and Tricks video on my Youtube channel on Friday. Maybe by then I’ll have gotten more comfortable with speaking in front of the camera?


  1. mm says:

    oh you cutie pie. You and your pencils are very cute! Who knew wood glue was so strong?! xoxox

    • Joana says:

      Yah, wood glue is pretty amazing. I should have used more glue on the pencils I demo-glued in the video (and held them together for a few seconds), but even so they stayed glued. xox – J

  2. Jen says:

    Very thrifty! I love your tiny little vase!
    Let’s talk on the phone or video chat sometime.

    • Joana says:

      Hi Jennifer,

      I would love to do a video chat call! I have Skype and have also done Zoom calls with friends (they’ve set it up from their end and sent me the invite – not sure I know how to do if from my end.) My schedule is very free right now, so we can work around whatever you’ve got going on. 🙂 If you want to email me some dates/times, you can send the email to

      xox – Joana

    • Joana says:

      Hi Helen,

      Thank you! Unfortunately, I was in a bad mood when I started the coloring yesterday and it shows in the illustration. Boo hoo. Lesson learned: if you’ve got storm clouds in your brain, they’re liable to transfer to the page. Sigh.

      xox – Joana

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