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.)


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?


Artwork by Roanna Fernandes


The Twelve Days of Christmas

209 The Twelve Days of Christmas

Can I just tell you how very exciting it was to curate lovelies for this GIFT GUIDE? Extremely thrilling! A few things… I have purposely not created an elaborate gift guide because that would depend on your budget and how much you like the person, etc. That decision is yours! These basically serve as  s t o c k i n g  s t u f f e r s  for your handful of best girlfriends or even your  M O T H E R  or sisters (yep, this is the feminine edition!), or for when you haven’t bought anything for a close someone who came home and you forgot to get them a present.

Of course, I really hope you like the ones I have picked out, there will be plenty of other gift guides out there on the interwebz – this is my first one, HERE, and well, hopefully, because you’re a Jupiter Skye reader, you should like these thoughtful presents… Brace yourselves, for I think I have rambled ever so much – SORRY!

1. Gold stone quartz necklace, Lune – Rs. 1,650

Sreesha Shetty has been written about a lot before, and for good reason! Crafting beautiful, indie pieces for a whimsical dreamer forms the base of her expertise, at Lune, her label. I do not know for certain if this particular piece is still available but you can always e-mail her at to get something custom-made. This gold quartz necklace seemed particularly festive to me! :-)

2. Gold Floral Tattoo Set (Rifle Paper Co.), Tattly – $6

Okay, I’ve been bookmarking a lot of these all over the place! Because this one is created by Anna Bond (also known as Rifle Paper Co. – yes, her!), I thought it would be fitting to have her Gold Floral tattoo set which is available to buy on Tattly – on this list – especially for all the other lovers of her work, out there. (These are temporary, tu comprende?)

3. Ho! Ho! Ho! Gift Tags, Little One’s Doodles – Rs. 200

For the stationery lovers, and those who love making pretty packages of Christmas presents; this set of fourteen + festive gift tags are for you. The illustrator behind these babies is also working on an exquisite calendar for the next year so you should look out for that, too. (An adorable pick for an office desk!)

4. Fabric covered planner journal (Rubberband), Crossword – Rs. 850

A commendable pick for whoever loves jotting things down; and the pages inside are so smooth and white! This is like the best planner, EVERRRR. (Available in a rainbow of colours, the one I had this year was a macaron pink.) 

5. Party Fox Brooch Pin (And Smile)Etsy – $11.24

Now here’s a cheery fellow (crafted by Viktorija Semjonova) to accompany you this festive season, I think he makes a lovely accessory for those friends of yours who adore water-colour arts and would love wearing little Foxie here over their jacket-lapel or cardigan, or that little cousin/sister whom you want to get something cute for. 

6. Cranberry Scented Lip Balm #1, Kiehl’s – Rs. 495

For starters, their lip balm really is #1! I have a tube of it, and it’s an instant cure for chapped lips, all over town. (I don’t have the Cranberry one yet, but I’m guessing it would smell delicious.)

7. Party Panda Ankle Socks, Forever 21 – Rs. 159

Picked these up last winter (Look at me, acting all fancy, pretending it was so cold in Bombay last November/December!) and I know that Forever 21 still stocks super cute socks (there’s an oxblood pair with black lace details I’m eyeing already)… They are one of the coolest stocking stuffer ideas, ever! I would love to get socks for Christmas, wouldn’t you?

8. Washi Tape, Anupam – Rs. 70

Four very pretty rolls of washi tape, and you have yourselves a cute gift for someone who adores crafting, or stationery in general. (Certain this one is on my baby sister’s list!)

9. Festival Purse, Safomasi – Rs. 1,200

Safomasi sells very lovely things in their little store online, and while you could alternatively order a couple of cushion covers with pom-pom detailing as a set for your mother or favourite aunt, I do think this Festival Purse is très cute – it’s a good gift for someone who is a supporter of such labels.

10. Skarab Necklace (KICHU), Da Flokk – Rs. 2,100

For the Egyptian-loving, cool indie girl toting around charms from all over the world – I would say that you should order this gold scarab beetle charm from KICHU for her. Because, KHEPRI!!!!

11. Wild Argan Oil Shower Gel + Body Lotion, The Body Shop – Rs. 425 and Rs. 695, respectively

This range smells both heavenly and very luxurious, a combination of these two would be ideal for: a) Mother, b) Sister, c) BFF, d) Favourite Auntie, or anyone whom you think will like the scent. (What does it smell like? Warm, nutty, it’s a very enveloping scent, sweet but older. Sophisticated?)

12. Boar Brooch, bhane. – Rs. 900

The brooch pins from bhane. are extremely rare! Rare, because I haven’t spotted origami inspired pieces like theirs anywhere else. Order the animal or bird you think your giftée will fancy because I can’t speak for them. These would be very cool to receive; TRUST ME. 

These were also a bit of a random selection, based on my personal ‘Likes’, and such but I just knowwww you will like to bookmark these for someone else or get them for yourself, if you wish. Christmas feels better when you’re gifting! Let me know what your favourites are, it’s always fun to discuss these things, no?

P.S. This was definitely not sponsored, I feel that I should clarify this? Also, I might be working on an exciting artwork for a close friend… I am waiting for her e-mail, as we speak.


Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

Snow and Behold

207 Snow and Behold

Christmas is coming, and of course, there’s nothing more I feel excited about! Okay, well, a couple of other things but I can’t write about everything here, now can I? Also, have I begun an older Christmas post here, similarly? Can’t honestly know or say, for sure… GOD, BRAIN. (Cheery brain makes me insane.)

A favourite new drawing of mine (Do I sound like the most self-conceited and -taught illustrator you know? Don’t wanna hear it.) – for obv. reasons, and this one came out looking fairly just as I had imagined in my head. (High five, BRAIN!) The snowman is from an older post in the #LearnToDraw series – HERE – so you can learn to draw that, too. Okay so, come on, isn’t this one just the easiest? Let me know if you do make one of your own, and I have a surprise of my own to share. (Very silly, and it’s more of something for you to benefit from – I hope you will keep reading my posts so you find out soon enough!)

P.S. Do you know any cool Christmas movies I should download for the season? (Unrelated but I am eagerly awaiting the worldwide release of the Into the Woods movie. The one with Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, yep!) Or books to read? There’s a challenge I have got to live up to. What do you like most about Christmas? Do you want one more Christmas themed artwork in this series (for December)? Talk more, later. Lots of love!


Artwork by Roanna Fernandes