I’m closing in on the finish line of my 3rd Moleskine Art Sketchbook. Though my 2nd hoped-for deadline of May 31st might still be too ambitious, the actual completion date won’t be far off. (At this point, I think I have 6 more pages to fill…) Interestingly, two themes have organically emerged in this 3rd Sketchbook. The first, of course, is my alphabet series. If you’re new to my blog, you can see some of my alphabet illustrations here, here and here. The other theme that’s emerged, is illustrations inspired by geometric shapes. As you can see from the most recent 2-page spread I completed, my latest focus was on cylinder inspired illustrations.

Cylinder Inspired Illustrations – Sneak Peek Video

(This and many more drawing demo videos are available on my channel at YouTube.)

Whimsical ink and watercolor toothpaste illustration - Part of my Cylinder Inspired Illustrations

By the way, in case you need an incentive to floss (let’s hope you brush your teeth regularly), here’s a funny quip I once saw in my dentist’s office:

You don’t need to floss all your teeth; just the ones you want to keep.



Here’s the full cylinder-inspired spread:

Moleskine Art Sketchbook ink and watercolor cylinder inspired illustrations by Joana Miranda


As always, I love hearing which illustrations capture your fancy. You can let me know in the comments below. Plus, if the time was ever right to suggest illustration themes, it’s now. Six glorious blank pages currently await my imagination (and your suggestions!)


  1. Jen says:

    I love all of them! The cake looks yummy… Immtrying to remember—have you already done weather as a theme? We’ve been having such crazy yo-yo weather here.

    • Joana says:

      Hi Jen,

      Ooh, weather (or weather-related outfits) is a great idea! Thank you so much for suggesting it. Those pages will be dedicated to YOU!

      XOX – Joana
      P.S. I loved getting the charming mouse bday card you sent. Thank you, my dear!!!!!

    • Joana says:

      Hi Meh-meh,
      I did research Necco Wafers, but in the end I decided to go with Smarties. I had a good reason, but now I can’t remember why. (Old age is settling in, I guess…)
      xox – J

    • Joana says:

      Hi Helen,
      Yes, in the world of cartooning, most everything can be broken down into a square, cylinder, circle or cone. Interesting, eh? Of course, most days I try to make sure I’m not a block head…hee-hee!
      xox – J

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