Getting to escape the city for a brief sojourn to the woods of NH did my heart and soul a great deal of good. That said, being back at my drafting table has also felt reenergizing. This week I’ve created a series of pencil drafts for an upcoming custom illustration project and have also spent time “doodling” in my Moleskine notebook. The village people illustrations below were created with my Noodler’s Ahab Flex fountain pen and my Fan Watercolor palette.

Village People Illustrations

Village People Illustrations freehand drawn in ink and watercolor by Joana Miranda

This series of “village people” was pulled from my imagination. Naturally, I’m concerned about the state of the world. (After the year we’ve had, who wouldn’t be?) So, that was the inspiration for the little man in the yellow vest at the top left.

And, as much as it’s good to be home, I’m already beginning to chafe against the constant noise of NYC. Sirens are one thing; I always try to remember to channel compassion for the poor soul that’s being whisked away. But hot-rod cars and motorcycles roaring down our street? That’s another, entirely; Grrr! (Hence the frustration on the face of the man covering his ears in the bottom left of the illustration.)

By the way, I might bear some resemblance to the woman in the pink dress stomping on the bug – if not physically, then at least mentally. As the Resident Bug Killer for our household, I’ll admit that the job does wear thin sometimes.


I also took advantage of being back on location in my home studio “film set” to record yet another Art Bag: Time Saving Tips and Tricks video. If you’re curious, you can see it here:

(Please excuse my hair. It will be cut soon!)

And as always, if you think of an art topic you’d like me to address or cover, please let me know in the comments below!


  1. Mm says:

    There you are, all gorgeous with a much better background. I love the toons, esp the bug killer!
    Xoxo mm

    • Joana says:

      The background might be better, but the peace, quiet and constant laughs are still missing. Boo hoo! I’m glad you like my latest and that the Bug Killer “spoke” to you. 🙂 xox – J

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