The past week has flown by in a whirlwind. Suffice to say, I’ve been caught up in the vortex of returning to my freelance work with New York City Ballet. (And, judging by the audience response, the performers involved aren’t the only ones super excited to be back at work!) It has also been an exciting week at Joana Miranda Studio. Earlier in the pandemic, I created a series of 18 cotton-themed illustrations for a permanent exhibit at the FiberMax Center for Discovery in Lubbock, TX. This past week, I learned that my cotton-themed illustrations will be part of another permanent exhibit – this time on the East Coast. When I can, I will share the details with you.

Now, cue drum roll…

Because I also learned that one of my cartoons has been accepted for publication in a magazine in Canada! Unfortunately, that’s all I can say for now. Once the issue is released, I’ll be posting more details here. (For now, this is the happy dance I’ve been doing.)

In other news…

I’ve been having a wonderful time working through yet another drawing course on Domestika. This one is being taught by German illustrator Felix Scheinberger. I’m a fan of his loose drawing lines and free watercolor style; and the techniques I’m learning in the course are beginning to influence my own illustrations and doodles in interesting ways.

An exciting week at Joana Miranda Studio has seen the creation of new illustrations and doodles and yet another cartoon accepted for publication!

While my posts here have been more sporadic of late…

I continue to post to my new Instagram account, as well as creating my twice-weekly drawing videos over on my channel at YouTube. For those of you who have been with me from the beginnings of my blog, the video below might be of interest. In the video, I take a somewhat nostalgic look back at the trajectory of my drawing career and show examples of my different styles along the way. Of course, no video of mine would be complete without a drawing demo. The one at the end of the video pokes fun at the human foibles caught up in vanity and ego.


It’s probably not too soon to start thinking of holiday gifts. If you enjoy my illustration, cartoons and doodles, please visit my shops at Society6 and Etsy to see what’s new!


  1. Mm says:

    Is the lady in the bookstore ME? She looks like me!
    Very good, your brief history of YOU! Xox

    • Joana says:

      Thank you, my dear! I’m glad you can see the “evolution” and that you approve. 🙂 Interestingly enough, it’s often my quickly tossed off bedtime sketches that I like the best. I suppose that’s akin to saying “but it sounded great in the practice room.” Still, there’s something to be said for the creative freedom that emerges when we know (or think) that no on is watching (or listening!)
      xox – Joana

    • Joana says:

      Thank you, Jen! Yes, it feels like some of the pieces of my illustration life are falling nicely into place. But that’s this week. Next week might feel very different. 😉
      Sending lots of love your way!

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