A FLOWER IN THE DESERT

256 A Flower in the Desert

(Oh, it feels good to know in advance that this is not going to be a long post!) Okay, so you have seen this cactus before… I just placed it into a pot for the sake of converting this illustration into one of my Confetti Stickers – yeah, remember those? This one is symbolic of all the good I find around me, even in moments of deep distress. So, thank you flowers, you are my friends, and you know who you are!

Somewhat related but also not, I am no good with plants – growing, or taking care of them. Perhaps I will foster one this year, my friend Ashwita (Hosbettu) did promise me a succulent! Do you grow plants at home? Which ones, and what do you like about growing them? I recently bought some chilli seeds in Auroville (Pondicherry) as a little something-something for one of my “planter friends” in the city.

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

 

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Desert Rose

243 Desert Rose

The #LearnToDraw posts are probably going to be a forever thing! At least, I hope so. Drawing cute, tiny objects will never cease to excite me… And because I enjoy making cluster illustrations, it also helps when I have perfected an object that is part of the entire illustration (like a bowl of eggs, or a Nutella jar). I take great pride in mastering all the details (the packaging, labels etc.) even if the drawing really is as little as an Instagram square, or even smaller. 

For some reason, cactus prints have been following me all over town (much like those pineapples), they cheerfully adorn silk shirts in fashion editorial spreads (I wonder if Zara has ’em?); and I also spotted some cactuses on a pair of socks (which I want to order right away), and on someone’s phone cover, too. Observations like these are then carefully made a note of by way of doodling them into a notebook, so that I remember to cover them in posts.

P.S. Erm, you could say that I was very inspired by JODI when I thought of this post, and it seemed fitting to follow the previous one… I would like to turn this baby cactus into a proper print now, I have way too many doodles lying around in my folders waiting to be turned into prints.

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes