Ode to October

Jupiter Skye, Roanna Fernandes, Ode to October, October 2013, October, Love

Look, I love to romanticise people and things okay? Er, I mean, like the fact that I don’t think I’ll ever stop getting excited about a favourite month coming along (even though it comes every year!). You already know that February tops my list but October is a special month as well. Plenty of kooky reasons, but I like ’em. Let’s raise our hats to a happy October? Yes? Yes! Okay. 

“Lavender-scented baths. Birthdays. Candied apples. Halloween. Witches. Red lipstick! Orange. Nutmeg. Pumpkins. Jack-o’-lanterns! Librans. Mysteries. Witchcraft. Voodoo. Scooby-Doo! Sweater dresses. Americano. Cardigans. Best friends. Moroccan lanterns. Drops of Jupiter. Boxy blazers. Starbucks. The Darker Half. Pleats Please by Issey Miyake. Apple pie. Bubble baths. Romances. Books. Love potion. Costumes. Wool. Legends. Coffee dates. Gloves. The Forbidden Game. Writing. Espresso. Autumn. Charcoal pencils. Trench coats. Pink ribbons. Dressing up. Moonlight. Shea shower cream. Cinnamon. Creepy stories. Holding hands. Graveyards. Conversations. Elle by Yves Saint Laurent. Black. Letters from strangers. Ruby Woo. Think of You by MS MR (RAC Remix). Frankincense. Sleep Balm. Music. Wolves. Scents. Celebrations. Scarves. Caramel toffee. Warm breezes. Scented candles. Pumpkin spice. Guys. Oh, October!”

P.S If you’re interested in my work and are thinking of a collaboration or project, please write to me and direct your queries. Just please DO NOT BRAND, LABEL, STEAL or USE my work as your own. It would thoroughly anger and disappoint me, to say the least. Translation: Pilfer my stuff, and you could die.

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

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Typography Talk

Typography, Fonts, Jupiter Skye, Jupiter Skye by Roanna Fernandes

This is definitely one of my favourite posts (there’s a growing typography series, right here) to write ever so often on the blog! If you’re an illustrator (or a graphics designer) too, you’ll agree with me that there’s never a dearth of free lettering types to find on the internet (Da Font is my go-to place for beautiful typefaces). I think that everyone has varied tastes when it comes to certain scripts, it’s much like the clothes we like to buy, the perfumes we love to wear and the qualities that make us who we are… so it’s very natural to choose a typeface that matches your own sensibilities. And if you couldn’t already tell, I find myself drawn to cheery and cursive typefaces more often than not! Without any further ado, here’s presenting my new loves… and yes, leave me a comment below or e-mail me in case there’s a certain font you can’t download or locate. 

C H E E R Y:

Headline One by HPLHS Prop Fonts

Jelly by Rosie Tea

Kings of Kings Lynn by Andrew McCluskey

Nouveau Fontdue by Michael Wong

P L A Y F U L:

Denne Threedee by Denise Bentulan

KG Grace for Today by Kimberly Geswein

Xii by Ximena Acuña

Zephiroth by Type Sailor

S U B T L E:

Airplane by Kady Jesko

Autumn by Denise Bentulan

Kindness by Bianca Groff

Mossy by Bibliopolæ

P.S. How do you like the new colour scheme? If you’ve noticed, this is the only feature I work on changing (between every two typography posts) keeping the design template consistent (I think it helps folks to identify this as a proper series, mais non?).

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

The Art of Getting By

121 The Art of Getting By

I’ll admit that sometimes (actually, most of the time) it’s hard to come up with “Like-able” posts for your Facebook page, RT-worthy tweets for your Twitter page, or even comment-worthy blog posts (Instagram‘s a piece of cake, honestly! Sweet edits, and you’re sorted). Remember that good graphics are very likely to catch a reader’s fancy!

You don’t need to be a PhotoShop pro to conjure pretty pictures – want my advice? Play with colours, lettering types and shapes as I have, here. For this artwork, I’ve chosen primary colours, each represented in the form of a rectangular block (very easy to create with the Custom Shape Tool on PhotoShop), three basic fonts (capital letters, pretty cursive and strictly serif) and underlying elements to illustrate the text I’d written (like the addition of the diamond and square shapes to the blue block blended with a white stroke, and again, while using the Custom Shape Tool). Think of themes, you must make sure that all your elements complement each other.

For e.g. if you were thinking of rainy day posts, pick a blue-purple pastel colour palette (or whatever you think is best), work with text whose fonts depend on the mood of the posts (cheery, excited, romantic, sombre) and juxtapose the pictures and words with basic shapes, and the like.

I’m not sure if this post was helpful in any way but I’ll keep illustrating + writing more features regarding this subject, as and when.

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