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

 

WHERE ARE Ü NOW

250 Where Are Ü Now

Good question! A lot of different places? (Sorry, it’s not cool to answer questions with questions.) Okay, the truth… I can’t remember if I mentioned this on my blog before – I took up a full-time job sometime in October, last year. It was with a brand I was really excited about and liked (perhaps still do) and I felt chuffed to have made the cut after directly applying to the HR team there, etc. – there didn’t seem like much to complain about. I was guaranteed a (slightly more than) decent source of income every month, and my weekends were mostly free (unless otherwise stated) – and therefore, seemingly be able to take care of my blog, on the side. Ending this story real quick, that job didn’t work out for me.

While the profile I had there helped me grow in terms of getting out of my comfort zone (after more than a year), reviving my love of boarding fast trains from Dadar back home, learning how to use a Macintosh computer (gah, I think I am not so averse to Apple products anymore), and a little movie editing (and this and that), etc. – being there was not making me very happy. I won’t bore you with the specifics – I am out of the fire, and I feel alive with hope. I really do, and for the first time after ages, I don’t feel depressed. 2015 was not a bad year, and so much happened – and I have loads to look back on but I want to think of it too, as my year of mistakes. Which is good, ah… It’s somewhat difficult to communicate how happy I am RN while I am trying to tell you of the me from before.

Ooh, so I am not sure if you were able to read into some clues here that happened by way of making this illustration for the post… You probably can’t (SIGH), I just have so many of these crazy+cool secrets going on in my brain.

Before I wrap up, nope – I haven’t mastered the art of coding yet but I played around with some of the free themes available for WordPress to change the layout of my blog, a little. Bon? Oh, and won’t you please check out my friend Sonaksha’s watercolour and #creaturesofwords posts on her Instagram feed. They’re so beautiful to look at, and I am filled with awe, inspiration, jealousy and love all at once. Real works, them! #Wanterlust

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

The Merry Christmas Polka

214 The Merry Christmas Polka

These are a few things on my list… There’s so much to look forward to!

1. Buying a drawing tablet; it has been on my list of “Things to Do!” for ever, now… I am looking at a few options, so hopefully it should be with me, soon.

2. The Jupiter Skye Shop – Well, I will be selling some of my wares (yes, truly) on Tumblr, for starters… 

3. Reading more books, and setting myself up to complete more challenges based on the same.

4. Learning more about make-up! (At least, the basics. Would love to attend a class/workshop conducted by Virginia Holmes of FAT MU or perhaps, Shrutika Rao – that would be if she is teaching… )

5. D-R-A-W-I-N-G

6. J-E-W-E-L-L-E-R-Y

7. Striking out unrealistic goals from my very many lists… There are goals that seem petty, and are just not ME anymore. (This has come from my ability to let go! Passionately following this mantra.)

8. Writing the book, or well – one of the many, I have always wanted to…♥ 

On that note, I wish all of you good tidings as you chart out a few simplistic goals for yourself… Or just things, to look forward to accomplishing/doing in the coming year. Lots of LOVE!

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

The Pudding Face on the Wall

212 The Pudding Face on the Wall

I would feel ooh-very-honourable if the world – ever – at some point, began to associate (or recognise) my work as those creations of that illustrator who has got it bad for confetti prints! Wouldn’t that be wonderful? Okay, so I have printed a few of these to sell to whomever wants to pick a set of them up as gift labels, or to include as stationery in envelopes (carrying greeting cards). There are a few other designs in the collection as well! Thought to have it based in Bombay because I don’t want to get orders wrong or mixed up before December 25; please e-mail me if you are interested, or leave me a comment below. (I will write back to you!)

P.S. I know that I have been saying this for a whiiiile and I have been a dreadful dog about the whole process, but I should be selling on a separate Tumblr account, soon. (That would be next year!) Follow me to know more… Ooh, and send me some LOVE! (Apart from LUCK, because I would require some of the stuff to continue on such an inspired note.)

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes