I’m currently working on two big illustration projects for corporate clients. Needless to say, I’m thrilled to be doing both projects! However, I haven’t been able to spend as much time as I would like freehand drawing in my Moleskine notebook. (You may have noticed that I also haven’t been as diligent posting here, as well. Sigh!) Fortunately, I recently put the finishing touches on the color finals for the first client. And because I’m waiting to receive final approval on the pencil drafts for the 2nd client, I had time tonight to work on character art development for my own pleasure.

Character Art Development

Drawing “my peeps” gives me great joy. Each of these illustrations were done freehand with no real plan at the start. Basically, I let my pen do the thinking.

Character art development - Wall Street Fat Cat

Of course, I did have some goals in mind – like trying to get as much movement into the illustrations as possible.

Coffee Break Dancing character art illustration by Joana Miranda

The captions evolved naturally as well.

Assisted Dating - Character Art Illustration by Joana Miranda

Here’s a look at the two-page spread in my Moleskine Notebook:

Character art development illustrations drawn freehand in ink and watercolor in my Moleskine notebook

In other news…

I’ve continued posting my Art Bag: Time Saving Tips and Tricks videos over on my channel at Youtube. In my recent video on how to store your illustrations and drawing, our new Toybob kitty, Ziggy, even makes a cameo appearance!

P.S. A closing thought…

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.

Joseph Chilton Pearce


    • Joana says:

      Yes, he’s definitely star material (though he didn’t like being shut in a box…then again who does?;-)

      xox – J

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