The meeting of two minds - Dog Days of Winter Art by Joana Miranda

For a while now, drawing cats has been my thing. The reasons are obvious, too. Our little Toybob kitten, Ziggy, is definitely keeping us amused and on our toes! And, gradually, we’re also getting better at understanding how to serve him. But, lately, in my artistic endeavors, I’ve been branching out. From cats, I segued to mice, then birds. Most recently, I’ve been focusing on drawing dogs. I guess creating Dog Days of Winter Art is yet another of my personal survival tips for getting through this pandemic!

Dog Days of Winter Art

The Dog Days of Winter Art - Monochromatic Dogs by Joana Miranda

As you can see with my first forays into drawing (lots of) dogs, I was mostly concerned with figuring out how to draw many different breeds. And because I wanted the different breeds to be the focus, I decided to keep the color palette more or less monochromatic.

My Next Attempts…

Were inspired by a very special breed of dog – namely, the pampered pooches of New York City. While some of the outfits in this illustration might seem totally outlandish, they’re all pretty much based in reality. (Yes, I did actually once see a dog wearing an umbrella hat on the Upper West Side!)

Pampered Pooches - Funny Dog illustrations by Joana Miranda

What’s Next?

Maybe horses…

Freehand ink sketches of 4 horses and a dog, by Joana Miranda


Don’t worry. Little Ziggy remains (and will always be) my Number One source of inspiration!

Photo of our Seal Point Toybob kitten scrutinizing my Moleskine sketchbook.


If you’ve got a minute and a half, you’ll probably enjoy seeing the latest photos of Ziggy at the end of this video.

Thanks for reading this post! If you enjoyed it, please feel free to share it with a friend.

xox – Joana


    • Joana says:

      Thanks so much for reading my post and for taking the time to comment! I used to be afraid of dogs, but I’ve “come around” since moving to New York. I think that’s mainly because New York dogs seem to be well trained (sort of a must if you are going to have a dog in an apartment building.) Plus, when you fall in love with a cat, you tend to see their face everywhere – yes, even in dog’s faces, too. 🙂

    • Joana says:

      He’s a cutie, isn’t he? 🙂
      Loved talking with you and look forward to more soon! xox – Joana

  1. Mm says:

    Hilarious! You really want me to believe he doesn’t inhale, huh? Hey, where’s Roxie in your doggie potrisses? Xoxo

    • Joana says:

      Ooh, you’re right! I forgot to draw a Sheltie…and I have the perfect model in our family, too. I’ll remedy that soon!
      xox – J

    • Joana says:

      I know, I know. I fell down on the job! But there are lots more dogs to be drawn and I promise that Roxie will be one of them. 🙂

      xox – Y.S.

  2. Helen Reich says:

    Very nice doggies. My favorite is the one pushing the stroller and eyeing the beef latte sign! I also liked the cigar-smoking kitty!

    • Joana says:

      Thank you, dearie! I was wondering if anyone would notice the Beef Latte sign. 🙂 For all of the my attempts at drawing different breeds, I actually forgot to draw my sister’s dog, Roxie. She’s a gorgeous Sheltie. What was I thinking?!

      xox – Joana

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