I’m making good progress with filling up my 3rd Moleskine art sketchbook. So far, the pages have been filled with illustrations done in either permanent colored pencil, or ink with watercolor. For the illustration, below, from my Moleskine sketchbook, I decided to riff on a theme. Take a look below to see how I did…

From My Moleskine Sketchbook

A-Line Variations (or, Variations on A Line?) by Joana Miranda

From my Moleskine Sketchbook - A-Line Variations by Joana Miranda

My newest illustration goals…

Involve aiming to draw in more of a steady walking pace (i.e. less stopping between strokes) as well as trying to hold my drawing implements more loosely.

(Ziggy showed me how he does it, so of course I had to try it, too!)

Photo of Ziggy, our Toybob kitty "drawing" at my drafting table.

In case you’re wondering, the page Ziggy’s working on, above, is from Start with a Scribble by Quentin Blake and John Cassidy. If you love drawing (or think you’d love drawing) this is the perfect book for the novice, the seasoned illustrator and for everyone in between.

Since I’m passionate about drawing…

I do it daily. If I’m not drawing in my Moleskine notebook, then I’m usually working on a custom illustration, or scratching something out late at night on the small pad I keep on my bedside table. (I draw in my dreams, as well!) And, if it happens to be Monday or Friday, you’ll find me drawing for my Youtube channel, too. Since I was inspired depressed by today’s news, this is what emerged:

Note: The video above has been sped up. Maybe someday I’ll be able to draw at that speed. In the meantime, if you’re interested in seeing me post some real-time drawing videos, just let me know in the comments below.


  1. Mm says:

    Well, by speeding up the drawing always, it looks so easy. I think somehow you should show us how demanding it really is. (Of course, then no one will watch!). I love the A line dresses. When is B going to arrive???

    • Joana says:

      I actually did a “B is for…” illustration spread in my Moleskine notebook. But I’m saving it for the final reveal when I’ve finished the Moleskine notebook…because there has to be something worth living for, right?

      Ok, I’ll work on doing some real-time videos. And everyone will unsubscribe from my channel then. 😉

      xox – J

  2. Helen Reich says:

    I can totally relate to the guy in the picture. I’ve often wished to be in a medically-induced coma, ever since last March……gosh, can’t think why.

    • Joana says:

      These days you have to be careful what you wish for. 😉 But, yes, I’m obviously right there with you. I also fantasize about moving to my own island where there is no virus, or angry people or politics. Sigh.

      xox – Joana

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