I recently set a personal goal of completing my 3rd Moleskine Art Sketchbook by May 20th. Unfortunately, I’m finding that creative juices don’t necessarily respond well to deadlines. Besides, since drawing in my sketchbook puts me in a state of flow, I’d rather just be carried along with the process. When I finish will be when I finish. That said, I’m secretly hoping that I will be putting the finishing touches to the notebook by a new (unofficial) end-of-the-month goal post. (In spite of my advancing age – and, hopefully, maturity – I guess it’s still hard to erase all the vestiges of my Type A personality.) In any case, another letter in my alphabet series – the Q alphabet illustrations – is now finished.

Q Alphabet Illustrations

A Alphabet Illustrations by Joana Miranda

Meanwhile, here’s a new drawing video from my channel at YouTube:

As you can see, cats are the focus! I just so happen to have the cutest model on earth (not that I’m biased or anything…) In addition to now being able to do Sit, Shake, High Five, Stand, Kiss, Ring the Bell – and, on occasions, Fetch – our little Ziggy now has another “trick” in his repertoire. When I pick him up under his hips, he somersaults into my lap. After that, he lies there contently licking his back paws. I promise to try to capture the acrobatics for a future video.

The Cat

The Cat - Freehand ink and watercolor cat cartoon illustrations


My illustration, above, might show 12 fantasy lives of a cat. But here’s a real life cat who risked one of his lives tescape a burning building in Chicago. Proof that cats are rather amazing creatures!


  1. Mm says:

    Oh cats, yours, mine, Marta”s and the brave. One in Chicago, are the BEST. So are your drawings oh birthday QUEEN! Xoxo

    • Joana says:

      And to think that Pucky started it all (at least with me and you!) I can’t wait for you to come and visit so that you can crawl under the couch to meet Ziggy. 😉
      xox – J

  2. Helen Reich says:

    Love the Q’s and the cats! My Isabella took a big jump once out of a tree…..not 5 stories, of course, but she was fine. She was meowing up there, and I got the only ladder I have, to try to rescue her on a winter evening with snow on the ground! I got up there, and she wanted me to pet her, and wouldn’t let me pick her up. I gave up, luckily without injuring myself, and she came down on her own.

    • Joana says:

      Hi Helen,

      I’m glad that Isabella survived her winter tree ordeal without issue! Our little Ziggy seems to prefer being at ground level. He CAN jump, but prefers to either meow at us to give him an “elevator ride” up, or, alternatively, uses his claws to repel up the furniture. Fortunately, he only “repels” up my office chair. Miraculously, the nylon honeycomb fabric hasn’t suffered at all. Who knew it was so cat proof?;-)

      Where would we be without our cats?
      xox – Joana

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