I’d like to imagine that you’ve been on pins and needles wondering when I’m going to come out with the next letter in my Moleskine alphabet illustration series. Because, what else could possibly be worthy of your attention these days? (Just a little Joana Miranda Studio humor there…) Although I’ve been eager to get on with the series, my attention last week was focused on sending out the latest Joana Miranda Studio newsletter to my newsletter subscribers. (If you don’t get the monthly newsletter and would like to “join the club,” you can sign up here.) With the newsletter sent, I got back to the task of creating my alphabet illustrations yesterday. Needless to say, this alphabet art: J is for…illustration is of particularly special meaning for me because J is, obviously, for…

Alphabet Art: J is for...among other things, Joana!

It’s also for…

Alphabet Art: J is for...whimsical cartoon illustrations in my Moleskine art sketchbook

(Lots of other fun things like jelly beans, jalopy and jockstrap!)

In keeping with my preferred method of working, I drew the above illustration freehand in ink with my vintage Carter’s flex fountain pen. I then added shading and watercolor with my Fan watercolor palette and water brush pen.

How do I choose my colors?

In my latest YouTube video, you’ll learn what’s motivating my color choices of late:


Ziggy was a very good (though sleepy) sport for his cameo in the video above. I actually interrupted his afternoon nap in the sun to put him on display for y’all to see. He’s now pretty much full grown and will be neutered this week. But, Shh! Don’t tell him!


    • Joana says:

      What, that’s it?! 😉 I’m glad you like all my colors, my dear! When we watched my video on our TV last night, my olive green shirt looked mud brown. Ewww! (Fortunately, it’s not.)
      xox – Joana

  1. Mm says:

    Of course J is for YOU. UH, JOANA! I bet I know what Z is gonna be for😜! Xoxo. I liked jockstrap especially 🤪.

    • Joana says:

      I liked jockstrap, too. :-)The only thing is that I should have stopped while I was ahead. When I gave him leg hair, it made the drawing a little harder to “read.” Lesson learned.
      xox – J

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