It took me a while to be in complete awe of his work, I don’t exactly know why, but I just knew of Mario Miranda before (like I had heard the name, knew very little about him) and enjoyed seeing some of his drawings and vignettes in select places in Bombay, etc. That was about it! I never really took care to go through his work, or such. Last month though, I went to Goa for a few days; I was staying with my ex-roommate Nandini (Velho), and well (unrelated), her house reminded me of a modern day tree-house, from the furniture to the rooms, etc. Everything just looked so interesting, and the home – so very inviting. Anyway, her dad, Luis (d-uh, a Velho too) is an architect (felt I should inject that, here), and a complete Mario Miranda loyalist.
The walls of their house are covered with some of Mario’s coolest works (there were some outlined drawings in black over fluorescent yellow paper)… And that is where I discovered more artworks apart from the few I used to see at Cafe Mondegar in Colaba. On my last day in Goa, Nandini took me to the Mario Miranda shop in Panjim, and I wanted to buy nearly all the greetings cards, postcards and some of the prints, there. However, I picked up a handful of ten assorted cards for Rs. 200, and can’t wait to stock up on some more, the next time I visit the store. (This card featuring the Le Crocodile bar in Paris is from Mario’s Impressions of Paris set.)
P.S. Oh, and yes, I definitely did learn a little bit more about him now, and otherwise, really want to get some of the poster-sized prints. Also, inspired! Very, very.
Artwork and picture by Roanna Fernandes
Okay, so the LOVE for arched windows continues! And I didn’t think I would be able to draw this for the #LearnToDraw series (those arched domes are difficult shapes to create, would you believe), but the outcome does not seem too bad. What do you think? There were some other options that came to mind when doodling windows (there’s a picture on my Instagram feed) but some of those were rather difficult to draw digitally, I think that this version was easier. Also, this is a random mention but this palette of colours makes me think of Mendl’s and The Grand Budapest Hotel, too. Non?
What else, what else? The inspiration to draw these arches came from a recent visit to Jehangir Art Gallery with Sonaksha (Iyengar) – who came to Bombay a few weeks ago. There was this one artist’s paintings, whose work I was completely enamoured with; and I’m kicking myself for not writing his name down. :-( The paintings that he made were so colourful and rich; the details were unbelievably poetic (and very real). The focus of his paintings were arched windows on old-fashioned buildings; and colourfully dressed women drying clothes out in the open and/or walking to the bazaar in the background, and such and such, etc. DAMN!
Artwork by Roanna Fernandes
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