The Princess Diaries

236 The Princess Diaries

For some reason, I’ve been drawing these arched windows everywhere (I just learned that this architectural style does have a name, and these curved domes are called onion domes.)… I think it probably has to do with me thinking of Delhi lately, being inspired by those Mughalesque buildings and minarets, etc. I also recently finished reading Persepolis (and watching the movie) for the third time, ever. (Which could have contributed to the obsession, too!) Marjane Satrapi’s illustrative style is one of my favourites, and as you know I do love dark outlines and objects with the little details that are drawn out so carefully (even the teacups and kettles in the book + movie look cute).

P.S. This drawing was titled Rajkumari only because the girl seems like an Indian princess standing in an arched window, and I don’t know? The hint of pink made me think of a RANI hue, and other ethnic elements. But however, I realise I am rambling, I do like how I’ve drawn this and really, badly want to start drawing and practising strokes with Illustrator. So far, I’m only equipped with fairly good Photoshop skills. Need to look for online courses; and also, get another job! Broke.


Artwork and picture by Roanna Fernandes



Carousel in the City { GIVEAWAY }

204 Carousel in the City { GIVEAWAY }

Like was promised to you – and this post will mark – giveaway#3 on the blog, yep – there’s a sweet present to be WON! This one applies to everyone who wants to enter – from within the country. Collaborated with a lovely girl from Pune, Twisha Maniar, who creates and paints objects for Carousel; Carousel is her own label which was conceptualised about 2 years ago, and she focuses completely on customisation of her products when it comes to the orders that she takes from customers. From the minute she connected with me some weeks ago, I knew this would be a really cute giveaway – What do you think? Because I’ve been thankful to the love I have been receiving since I started to publicise this blog some more, the two years gone past have been more than wonderful. Some thanks for you comes in the form of this beautiful box painted by Twisha herself, and wait, so here’s what you have to do if you wish to win it…

What’s in the Box?

1. NOTHING! The BOX is what you are going to win, silly. (Sorry, was trying to be cute.) So it’s set in a square shape, and I believe it would be perfect for those of you who can’t ever have enough of dainty, lacquered jewellery boxes.

2. Favourite feature? Twisha was gracious enough to let me create and conceptualise a pattern/print for the box; so it’s all her handiwork, and some of my brain juice. Told you, her customising properties are tops! (Confetti prints are my trademark! Copied the rainbow stripes from a pattern she had worked on previously for another customer.)


The rules are simple! (This giveaway is for Indian residents, only.)

1. Comment here on what excites you about/why you would like to win this dainty box.
2. Follow Carousel on both Facebook & Instagram; this is not optional either. :-)

(Brownie points will be awarded to you if you are to ‘Like’ my page on Facebook, and/or follow me on Instagram, HEH.)

What happens after?

I’ll choose ONE winner in exactly ten days, from now – save the date – November 20 is when this contest comes to an end! As soon as I announce the winner – which will either be on my Facebook or Instagram page (and through an e-mail, perhaps) – please write back to me with your postal address and phone number right away. (Will share the contact details with Twisha who will directly post the present across to you, then.)

The “Fourth Year of Festivities” remains yours for taking! Giveaway-gift-makin’.

{ Carousel, also, has a set of pre-painted objects for sale in the form of chalkboard frames, metal boxes, paper votive-holders, serving trays and so much more. This means that you can order from her existing collections, apart from requesting to have something custom painted. To be honest, I would rather opt for a custom-made product from Twisha only because the process is easy and plenty of fun. The result of which created this giveaway! Farewell. }


Artwork by Roanna Fernandes, and picture by Twisha Maniar


The Art of Getting By

121 The Art of Getting By

I’ll admit that sometimes (actually, most of the time) it’s hard to come up with “Like-able” posts for your Facebook page, RT-worthy tweets for your Twitter page, or even comment-worthy blog posts (Instagram‘s a piece of cake, honestly! Sweet edits, and you’re sorted). Remember that good graphics are very likely to catch a reader’s fancy!

You don’t need to be a PhotoShop pro to conjure pretty pictures – want my advice? Play with colours, lettering types and shapes as I have, here. For this artwork, I’ve chosen primary colours, each represented in the form of a rectangular block (very easy to create with the Custom Shape Tool on PhotoShop), three basic fonts (capital letters, pretty cursive and strictly serif) and underlying elements to illustrate the text I’d written (like the addition of the diamond and square shapes to the blue block blended with a white stroke, and again, while using the Custom Shape Tool). Think of themes, you must make sure that all your elements complement each other.

For e.g. if you were thinking of rainy day posts, pick a blue-purple pastel colour palette (or whatever you think is best), work with text whose fonts depend on the mood of the posts (cheery, excited, romantic, sombre) and juxtapose the pictures and words with basic shapes, and the like.

I’m not sure if this post was helpful in any way but I’ll keep illustrating + writing more features regarding this subject, as and when.

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The Chronicles of Instagram

119 The Chronicles of Instagram

For some reason, I really struggled with the thought of putting these pictures together + mulled over quite a bit over publishing this post. Honestly, it’s because the Word Press theme I’m using supports specific picture dimensions (I ranted on Twitter earlier this morning about how upsetting it all was – gah!). By the way, call this talk crazy and of the heat-of-the-moment variety if you must, but I’m thinking of discontinuing The Instagram Series because it doesn’t make much sense anymore; moreover, the images lose their quality on the big screen (which I’m guilty of because I employ way too many filters). I’ll figure out other ways to use select Instagram pictures on my blog. Anyway, I hope you like the set of pictures in this post because it’s my last.

1. It’s true! For the longest time ever (okay, it lasted about a week and some days, I like to exaggerate!), I suffered from what they call an “Instagrammer’s Block“.

2. I just like the cover art + lettering types on Philida by André Brink, which if you’re interested in reading, there’s a review here on The New York Times.

3. The Books on Toast initiative took place a few weeks ago, and I happened to swing by Candies at the time… and what do I find at the stall there except the fabulous stacks of magazines that my friend Latha and her hubby Bob had donated to the drive. Needless to say, I grabbed a few copies of Marie Claire. *GLEE*

4. A couple of times over the past few months, I stepped into the Le 15 Pâtisserie shop at Bandra. It’s Pooja Dhingra‘s first real shop as such because the others are kind of smaller. Unrelated, but she recently put up this picture on Instagram which I’m very curious about. :-)

5. A girl (namely me!) can never have too many evil eye charms… This one was given to me for my birthday by my sweet ex-roomie, Sonu.

6. A few years have gone by and I haven’t played Holi but it didn’t stop from happily scattering some rang outside my doorstep!

7. Yes, I finally dined at Aoi in Bandra but I didn’t like it as much as I LOVE Kofuku (Crispy spider rolls, I missed you, my babies!). :’-(

8. Before my orange slip-on shoes wore off completely (the leather’s in tatters), I managed to salvage them by wearing them a few times with my leopard print leggings. The combination was pretty phenomenal, if I have to say so, myself!

9. I’m reading Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea, and I’m enjoying the story as if unfolds because I remember so many places and traditions from my good ol’ Saudi Arabia.

10. Easily one of my favourite summer outfits: Khamsa tee from Zara, leggings from Mango, crystal pendant from Accessorize, my two-toned DONE by NONE loafers, and the sticky, sunshine weather! ♥

11. An interview I covered recently on the blog: This post talks of Jesi Rodgers and her wonderful, wooden pieces of art (the gnomes in the picture are of the brooch variety).

12. I spotted this cute illustrated map in the May issue of Condé Nast Traveller (the Indian edition); I want to make artworks like these someday!

13. I’ve been writing a lot in my Frankie journal lately, making notes of places to apply to (yes, I’m on the job hunt, y’all!) and other lists (new movies to watch et cetera). Speaking of which, I completed watching Castle (I wanted more of Season 5), and now I’m on to HIMYM. As far as movies are concerned, I’m dying to watch The Great Gatsby and the new Deepika Padukone movie  (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani).

14. Printed my NEW business cards! It’s going to be much easier now to review cute stores, and interview pretty folks for my blog. Hurrah!

15. I’m sooo jealous of all the pretty things my little sister Racile has brought back for herself from the kingdom, and of which, I’m totally digging this Accessorize-like Aztec printed (and beaded) tote she bought from Centrepoint (Splash) for SR 80 THE MOST!! :’-(

16. She (Racile) did get me this Baby Powder scented candle from Yankee Candle but… oh well.

P.S. To clarify, I’m not killing my Instagram account. Possibly never! I really do LOVE the app. ♥


Artwork and pictures by Roanna Fernandes

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