A Dog's Life cartoon of two Shih Tzu dogs by Joana Miranda

Lately, I’ve been having a blast writing Light Verse while I imagine the accompanying illustrations. Draw me a poem is a pretty apt description of the process. One portion of my mind gets occupied with finding and playing with silly rhymes. That leaves the other side (right brain, left brain?…I never know!) to free-associate images.

Draw Me A Poem – Awestruck

I posted the video below on my YouTube channel yesterday evening:

Part of the inspiration for the video came from this excellent post on awe by Eric Barker. I also took inspiration from the whimsical text by John Cassidy and Quentin Blake in their wonderful Start with a Scribble workbook. And, of course, one of my favorite “stock” characters (my mom) makes an appearance as well!

A Dog’s Life

In case you think that I’m only about cats, think again.

Draw Me a Poem - A Dog's Life whimsical poem and illustration by Joana Miranda

These days, I admit that I see our cats’ faces in most of the dogs I notice. But for this once-afraid-of-dogs illustrator, I think that’s still great improvement!


In case you’re wondering, I do work out drafts of my rhymes in my Moleskine notebook. But it happens to be a different notebook from that you see in the video above. In this “practice” notebook, I also now roughly sketch (with permanent colored pencil) the illustration so that I can plan the layout. The finished illustration – drawn freehand in ink – is then a departure from my sketch.


  1. Mm says:

    Taking after you grandfather, are you? He would love this. I love it , too. Especially when you draw MOI. XO

    • Joana says:

      You are the greatest inspiration! 🙂 And I love you!
      xox – J

  2. Helen Reich says:

    Capture a caper! I’ll remember that. As for which side of the brain…..I think all creative activity is left-brain. But don’t quote me.

    • Joana says:

      And I thought it was the right brain that is responsible for creativity (the opposite of what one would think.) But I guess I’ll have to research the topic again and (hopefully) memorize it for good.:-)
      XOX – Joana

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