Learning to see the characters around me continues to take practice. While I find it fairly easy to create funny character art of people I know well (like my mom and my husband!), distilling the essence of a stranger into a relatable character – not just another human being – can be more of a challenge. So on my walk tonight, I practiced a different approach as I studied (ogled?) the passersby. Rather than just making note of their body shape/type, I went further and tried to quickly sum up each person’s personality. And then, in my mind’s eye, I looked for the discord between their personality and their actions so that I could visually explore the comedy when I got back to my drafting table.

Here’s one example of the funny character art that emerged –

Funny character art by Joana Miranda

And speaking of comical…

I’m still learning how not to be self-conscious when I record my Youtube videos. For some reason, when I do my videos, my lips seem to get stuck on my teeth. According to my husband, I talk differently (“normally”) in real life. I guess I’m got another thing to work on!

All the same…

I hope you find this short video helpful and amusing!

“Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.”

Albert Einstein


    • Joana says:

      Hi Helen Dearie,

      Glad you like my latest illustration. 🙂 Andy said the face reminded him a little of my dad which I took to be a good sign (recognizable characters.) Soon I’ll have a new ‘do for my videos. It’s been over 2 months since my last hair cut, so it’s time!

      xox – Joana

  1. Mm says:

    Aw!There you are, my cutie at 5? Years old! I gotta go find my paint brush conditioner that you gave me…. sigh….xoxo mm

    • Joana says:

      What? You haven’t been religiously using the brush cleaner I gave you?! Tsk tsk. What am I going to do with you?;-)

      xox – J

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