How to Come Up with Cartoon Gags

Funny music audition cartoon - Blind Audition, by Joana Miranda

In this post you'll learn how to come up with cartoon gags. My method is part brain storm, part intuition and a large part trust (with some Zzzs thrown in!)

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Found Object Drawing Video

Ink and water brush pen drawing of little conductor with note shadow - by Joana Miranda

My latest found object drawing video features a tuning fork. Wearing two hats as an illustrator AND musician means I work to find harmony in all the lines!

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SCBWI|Draw This Illustration Challenge

SCBWI Draw This illustration in process - by Joana Miranda

I may have gone with a traditional cat/mouse theme for my SCBWI|Draw This illustration challenge submission; however, the sentiment is far from catty!

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Field Sketches – Out and About in NYC

Ink and watercolor quick sketch of trumpet player standing behind a harp, by Joana Miranda

My field sketches this past week featured a handful of musicians and an even bigger handful of New Yorkers darting about ducking the rain drops. Take a look here...

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Cartooning with Watercolor Pencils

Cartooning with watercolor pencils - funny man smoking pipe cartoon illustration by Joana Miranda

Cartooning with watercolor pencils is easy. Making videos that clearly depict the process is another matter. As you can see, I'm still a little green...

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Field Sketching #2 – How I Cartoon People

Barnes and Noble bookstore proved to be a great place for people watching and my field sketching #2 cartooning practice. Take a look at what emerged...

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Humorous Musical Drawings

Humorous musical drawings - The Pianist - by Joana Miranda

With my background as a musician, I felt very much in tune creating humorous musical drawings for NRI's Financial Information Technology Focus magazine.

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