DROPS OF JUPITER – PART DEUX

255 Drops of Jupiter - Part Deux

Hello, hello.

(This post concludes the two-part mini-series, if you were keeping up.)

What did Jupiter Skye do for you?

(Erm, more like what Jupiter Skye made me do!) What it did do was give me an outlet to express myself creatively. When I started the blog in 2010, I was working my first job; being employed helped the growth of Jupiter Skye for various reasons. I had an income (funding impromptu explorations around the city and shopping trips, providing fodder for the blog, etc.); and I drew inspiration for the posts from my friends at work, or from the conversations we had. Jupiter Skye did not help me land writing jobs; but I did learn about creating editorials, photographing products, styling mood-boards etc.

To sum up (er, ROSS), the blog has constantly helped me tap into my potential and recognise my core strengths. (This product as a whole serves as a wonderful portfolio of – and testimony to – all my learnings from then to now.) That is not to say that the path has been remotely easy, nor does it mean I have achieved the highest levels of success. No, no, no, no. No, no, no, no! Writing was something I got into, after college; it was never given a lot of thought. The jobs that I have held so far helped hone my writing skills; especially my first (which ended, July 2011) and second (which began, August 2011) jobs. (The editor at my first job would silently nod his head, if he were reading this – as in about me not being a good writer before, he wanted me to give it up altogether and pursue something artistic instead.)

The illustrating bit happened randomly; I always liked arts and crafts, and drawing, making greeting cards etc. from when I was a little girl, I just never pursued art or illustrating as a subject in college because I didn’t know I could – and was guided otherwise. Through my experiments with the blog, especially with regards to the artwork and layouts – the posts got me some recognition, I learned how to channel my artistic skills in a digital manner. Folks began to notice, and appreciate my work; though I had zero experience in the field, the blog got me most of the illustration projects I have worked on, till date.

What kind of space is this, now?

Well, it still really is the same space, also somewhat different. (There is some progression, I would like to believe – from being random to developing a better structure, content-wise.) As of now, I would like the core focus of this blog to be formed around: BOOKS, FRAGRANCES, HOMES, JEWELLERY, LOVE. These are subjects I like best (and most), and while they are fairly specific and somewhat huge as areas of interest, they possess minute details of all the other related things I like.

What are your intentions, now?

(They are subject to change.) I never did any pre-planning of sorts before I went ahead and started off with this blog, so I think it’s wise to not have too many intentions now. I do have intentions, a lot of them good – but with the kind of personality I have (being lazy in general, and also how long I want to do this versus shutting it down completely etc.) – let’s just say that I don’t want to make any false promises (or have unrealistic goals).

Some of my short-term goals are:

1. To make this blog more user-friendly by way of developing a better layout, and so that folks may find what they are looking for, easily;

2. Create professional landing pages (the ones describing what I do, and how to get in touch with me for collaborations and commissions, giveaways and greetings, and such);

3. Sell accessories (jewellery, brooch-pins etc.) and stationery (greeting cards, stickers etc.) through The Jupiter Skye Shop – I really suck at marketing my wares, and definitely need to figure this bit out;

4. And oh, of course, create more interesting content (it is what I do, after all).

What do you do, how do you balance what you do with the blog?

I am a features writer (because that is what I do for the most part, professionally), and a part-time illustrator (you know about this). Currently, I do not work anywhere on a full-time basis; I do undertake freelance and part-time projects involving writing and/or illustrating. With regards to striking a balance, it is not too bad RN – never mind the other bit of me being lazy AF and choosing to publish only two or four posts a month. I never left any of my jobs to pursue this blog on a full-time level; I have not made any money off of it yet (I would like to), and none of my jobs posed a conflict of interests with what I was doing here and what I was doing at work.

Irrespective of whether you are working or not – it is nice to have a sound ecosystem around you. There is so much that you can learn about yourself, and from the people around you on a daily basis… Everything that will either inspire or suck the energy out of you (you do not want the latter). (This has an effect, especially when you have a personal blog on the side, too.) I understand this better because I’ve had my share of depressing, personal situations and/or crappy jobs, gone through it all again; the circle never ends.

During such times (or after), try to float out of your body for a few seconds when you feel saner and see how best to remedy it. What do you like? What do you really want? What has changed? What won’t? As long as you are learning, you grow; do not work at a conventional job if you do not want to – find something else that keeps you grounded, and uh, busy. (It’s the keyword, here! Pharrell Williams should have picked the title of his track, and er, lyrics better, heh.) Working hard is rewarding in itself, leading you to better times; it gets easier over time, to separate what you want from what you don’t, the realisation of which can be gained only by experience.

P.S. Racile (my youngest sister) thinks this drawing might was deceptive. I do not have very long hair, nor I do not possess a boho blouse like this, etc. Like, uh, I did mean for this girl to resemble me but I drew it because I was unsure of what the artwork for this post should be. Okay, I will do better in my acts to follow; but this was not so bad, now was it?

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

La Poste { Little One’s Doodles }

123 La Poste { Little One's Doodles }

You know how much fun it is to enter a giveaway contest, and more importantly, how nice it is when you actually WIN! I’ve always been one of those unlucky children when it came to winning at a game of Bingo or Housie (hey, remember how they used to call out the numbers, you know, one fat lady is supposed to be the number eight, and all that? *giggle*), or anything really. Anyway, this February, Little One’s Doodles ran a simple contest on their page, I participated and lucked out only after the actual WINNER didn’t claim her prize. I’m sorry that the concerned person didn’t respond but I can’t say that I’m not happy for me! :-)

I don’t remember exactly when I first heard about Little One’s Doodles but in the last year, I saw the label’s wares on so many platforms online and I grew fond of the stationery and home accessories. The label was brought to life by Maheswari Janarthanan, an illustrator who lives in Chennai, and I’ve written a couple of stories featuring her pretty products on STRUT120 in the past. Last December, I even purchased the cutest set of Christmas gift tags aptly titled Ho! Ho! Ho! (see picture) from her. Fourteen tags come inside one packet, and I just paid a measly sum of Rs. 239 for them (the tags are very darling, you must buy them this year before Christmas).  

About Maheswari’s doodles generally, they’re certainly more than just doodles, as you can see in the pictures. I think she creates some of the most beautiful illustrations, in fact, her artwork inspires my set of skills when it comes to illustrating (the Lady in the Water piece of work is my favourite of hers!). 

Finally, here are the details of the lovely loot Maheswari sent me! The package came to me around the time of my birthday, and I thought of it as one of my little gifts though it seems silly now. There were so many nice things that she posted across: the Dreamer tea towel, a sea green elephant print cotton coaster, a cotton-lined storage basket (yes, that would be the orange elephant print contraption in the picture), a set of four Love postcards, pocket calendars and an extra set of coasters (the Little Women ones). It certainly was a very generous giveaway, and I liked everything she sent! It was very sweet of her. If you like her stuff, write to her at maheswarijanarthanan@gmail.com, to order one of her wares or in case, you want to find more about her work

P.S. I’m extremely happy with the set of pictures I took for this post! For the backdrop, I used a white canvas board, and Tana, if you’re reading, you helped because I thought of one of your most recent posts as I did so.

{ All the illustrations seen on the products and stationery are Maheswari Janarthanan’s original works. Please do not steal them, use them anywhere, or promote them as your own. }

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Artwork and pictures by Roanna Fernandes 

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