My latest sketchbook series pays tribute to that species that might just hail from Mars. Yup, I’ve created a series of manly art vignettes. Each one was drawn freehand in ink in my Moleskine art sketchbook. I then added simple watercolor washes to make the illustrations come to life.

Manly Art Ink Sketches

Manly art ink sketches in my Moleskine art sketchbook

The (Manly) Result?

Manly art inked sketches with watercolor washes, by Joana Miranda

(Along with a Closer Look…)

Strike up  the band - funny men cartoon illustration by Joana Miranda
The body builder - Humorous manly art by Joana Miranda
The (not so) Hot Rod illustration by Joana Miranda


I just happened to put up another of my Art Bag: Time Saving Tips and Tricks videos yesterday. This one includes a drawing and painting demo of four manly visages.

Why so many men, you ask? Well, probably because it’s easier for me to look upon men with a little more distance and perspective. And since I’m not programmed to operate with the road rage driving force that is behind the actions of some men, I’ve got a more objective view to offer as well.

That said…

Finding it easier to draw men is not an excuse to get stuck in a rut! I readily acknowledge that I need to focus on drawing women so that I can continue to grow as an artist. But I can’t use myself as a model until I get my hair cut…


    • Joana says:

      Thank you, Helen! Those guys are my favorite, too. I’m off for my morning run – though not as early as I usually go since Mr. Ziggy was needing lots of cuddle time in bed this morning. Hee-hee. (Now he’s in one of his favorite hiding places behind the books on the bookshelf in the bedroom.)

      I hope you have a lovely day!
      xox – Joana

  1. I loved watching you draw the faces! The watercolor is awesome too! What is that watercolor pen you are using? Loved it all!

    • Joana says:

      Hi Christine,
      Thanks so much for visiting my blog and watching my YouTube video! Although I have a small collection of really nice sable watercolor brushes, I’ve found that using water brush “pen” works better for me. The one I’m using in that face drawing video came with my Fan Watercolor Set. Pentel makes a line of Aquash water brush pens in different tip thicknesses, and you can get them at Amazon, art stores, or Michaels. (A medium width is a good all-purpose brush to have on hand.) I hope this helps!
      🙂 Joana

      • Thanks for sharing. I try to practice my drawing daily. I just watched a youtube instruction video that said to practice you should draw the same thing every day. That way I guess you can see how you improve?!?! Anyhow, now I am drawing trees.

        • Joana says:

          Hi Christine,

          That certainly makes sense, though it will help if you are drawing a subject matter that you love. The daily practice part is probably the most important – and, of course, setting aside your inner critic. Sometimes that’s easier said that done… 😉

          Have a nice weekend and happy drawing!

  2. Mm says:

    Tita and I loved it. She was quite fascinated, in fact! Love all the fancy effects! Love you, too.

    • Joana says:

      I wonder if Tita remembers me? Little Ziggy was very taken with my phone last night…rubbing up against it, looking right at the screen, etc. I think he was mostly into it because it was taking my attention away from him, though. 😉 I love you!

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