Tagged whimsical art

Autumn Illustration

Autumn Illustration - Children's Book Art by Joana Miranda

With fall comes shorter days, cooler weather and new opportunities to get out and play. My latest freehand autumn illustration sums up this mood well.

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Children’s Book Illustrations – My SCBWI Draw This! August Entry

My children's book illustrations start from a word, concept or idea. From there I create a rough pencil draft but try to refer to it merely as a guide...

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Breaking News: New Ostrich Cartoon is Hatched

Whimsical, silly and yet still gracious, my Ostrich Ballerina cartoon thank you card is sure to bring a smile.

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ON SALE! The 2017 Joana Miranda Studio Cartoon Calendar

It's not too late to pick up one of the few remaining copies of the 2017 Joana Miranda Studio Cartoon Calendar. Even better, they're now on sale at a reduced price!

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From My Sketchbook – A Wintry Quartet

Brr, it was cold this past week in the Big Apple! Here's a slice of "subway fashion" for your enjoyment...

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My Favorite Things – The 2017 Joana Miranda Studio Cartoon Calendar

The Joana Miranda Studio 2017 Cartoon Calendar is now available for purchase in my shop at Etsy! Get yours before they sell out...

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My Favorite Things – My Ever-Growing Stable of Cartoon Characters

The latest round of cartoons flowing from my pen could each star in their own cartoon short...

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From My Sketchbook (What I’m Sketching and Why…)

I filled the last few pages of a Crescent Rendr  Sketchbook yesterday and will start in on a fresh one today.  The Crescent Rendr brand sketchbooks are my go-to sketchbooks because they feature:

  • bleed-proof, wrinkle-free pages which allow you to draw/paint on both sides of each page
  • discreet size (perfect for a pocket or purse)
  • sewn binding for open-flat access

I’ve discovered that I’m sort of addicted to sketching in public (or, to be more precise, sketching THE public.)  I find it immensely appealing and gratifying because it:

  • forces you to get faster with your gestures
  • puts you in the moment
  • makes waiting for the subway/train/plane fun
  • gives you lots of free subject matter
  • provides a record of your travels

As I flip back through this particular sketchbook I’m transported to our flight to Paris in June and walks along the Seine and in the Jardin du Luxembourg, then back to the cafes along Central Park, then to our hotel room in Saratoga, NY (for lots of TV watching of the Democratic and Republican conventions) and on to a very relaxing week spent in NH at my mom’s cottage.  The last few pages are filled with my favorite subject – fellow commuters on the subway as I make my way around NYC.

Enjoy!Thin Asian man checking his cellphone

Quick sketch of bald man on the subway

Middle aged woman concentrating

Man in sunglasses riding the subway

Old man on the subway