THE WRITING ON THE WALL

It has been what? – one week into December, and Christmas already is so close. Should you need to know… Christmas began early for me, this year; it has been feeling like the festive season from November onwards (never mind that the Christmas spirit has momentarily abandoned me now that December is actually here but oh, well).

And oh, hello to you too. (Explaining more, below.)

#FacesintheTwitteringCrowd

This is a project inspired by the #visiblewomen I know on and off the interwebz. I titled it so because I figured that some of you enjoy your online presence (thanks, social media platforms) and perhaps might like to have an illustrated profile of yourself for personal or professional use. (If not for yourself, you could perhaps ‘gift’ this wee, intangible summat to someone you reeeeeally like/love; heh, you know ’cause… Christmas.) Personally, this project is for me to: hone my craft; make money (being a freelancer and lover of learning has its perils); and make a fun project out of.

Basically, I can render an illustrative likeness of yourself in the form of a JPEG/PNG illustration (I will even make a portrait of your prized pet, should you like); this, I will base on a photograph of yours (preferably vertical) and 3-6 questions that I would be asking you (your most worn colours/motifs etc.). To get ideas on how your likeness might be rendered, please see the poster I made for this series or check out the women I drew back in March-April of this year, etc. (The pricing details are in the poster; payments can be made to me – electronically and I make and deliver the illustration to your Inbox in 3-6 working days.)

Thank you for hearing me out! – This is something new I am trying and should you like my work and are keen to do business with me, I would be pleased to hear from you (by way of a comment or an e-mail).

P.S. The one-off chance that you are new here or have come upon this solitary post, an introduction might not be out of order. My name is Roanna Fernandes; I am a features writer and illustrator who lives in Bombay. I have had this blog for about seven years now; it has served me well as a platform to express myself, artistically  and gotten me a few illustrative assignments, etc.  Uh-huh, here’s the ‘however’: I have been harbouring doubts/thoughts about why this space continues to exist. After months of staying away though, I found myself back in the place where it all began yet I feel a lightness of brain. (At this point, my brain interjects with, “A feeble yay is better than none in the head.” Gee, thanks, Brainah, what would I do without you?  That more than you needed to know?

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

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BENEATH A DESERT MOON

¡Hola, mis amigos! (I don’t always greet y’all, maybe I should? I just get into the thick and thin of it and that’s kinda rude, innit? I mean, I care because you’re reading which is really sweet because it’s me, and you know, you’re still here – you guys make up a handful, and you make me happy.)

Because I was so incognito back then, you would’ve missed this – this year, I created/made up themes for every couple of months in the year (I divided my year into four parts, and not quarters). Each period was to tell a story by way of the content I would be covering and sharing on my blog etc. Except you know that it didn’t work out that way, I wasn’t actively working on any material; the ideas, of course, piled on and on and you know what went down. Nothing!

SO. What the illustration for this post is meant to be is an introduction to the story I wished to tell during the months of May, June and July called…

The Song of the Seamstress

As one could tell, the drawings are inspired by Mexico (a country I have never been to – but am really keen on visiting, soon) – the colours and clothing; some desert cactuses; the marigolds and roses; the ofrendas and sugar skulls etc.  The Song of the Seamstress also drew colourful and cultural inspirations from: cameo pendants; dulce de leche; floral embroidery; Frida Kahlo; la combinación de naranja y rosa; Lisbon (I really like this city; it’s colourful and so very warm – it makes me think of Cuba, Goa and Mexico, all at once!); Mother Mary; Pablo Neruda; ruffled clothing; the Día de los Muertos festival; Ugly Betty etc.

P.S. (Would you get a better idea if you saw this? It forms the display picture and cover photo for when I did publish this theme on Facebook and Twitter etc.) – This might be continued in the posts that are to come but it’s also December and so, I will be covering some other *fun* material (I haz ideas)! We’ll see.

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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