CALL IT WHAT YOU WANT

Glass houses ought to be carefully constructed (they must be); never having built one, myself – I wouldn’t know what it takes to make one. The ones I see in my mind’s eye – there’s light filtering in, making everything luminescent within (I very much like the glinting of gold metal ridges). But that’s a romantic way of looking at it. And as you and I know, there is a lot under the surface or even that that we see that we don’t, truly.

In a sense that is metaphoric maybe, I did try to build a glass house out of this space. I wanted everything to be and look perfect. After all this time away, I wasn’t sure I wanted to return. I still am uncertain. Is this over? The truth is: it might be. I mean, it is difficult to be articulate about this – I do want to start something new, however, over the past night and this morning… I felt something else, too. Volver.

There were feelings of angst and unrest amongst the colloidal particles settling around me. What use were the objects I was carefully tucking away? The book of stories I kept to myself? Was this glass house a home, and if so, what did it protect me from? I felt an untoward gaze upon me, anyway; I possessed no cloak of invisibility. Cobwebs formed, specks of dust everywhere – nothing I did felt good or worthy. I was too busy taking care of glitches, didn’t I say? Everything had to be perfect.

No more.

P.S. There are other one-sided conversations I would like to have; I should tell you now to expect a flurry of posts – as the weeks unfold.

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

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Love at First Type

159 Love at First Type

Wowie, the holiday season is here! Not that I’m off work or anything (I mean, it has only been a month since I started working so… ) but I can’t help but feel that Christmas is in the air. It’s drawing closer, my friends! And… Thank you again, all of you, for taking part in my Christmas giveaway, I couldn’t have thought of a better way to usher in the Fourth Year of Festivities” – so yes, I feel very glad that I finally held my very first giveaway. There will be more! (I’m toasting you with my imaginary tumbler of bourbon.)

C H A R M I N G:

Hello Heartache by Misti’s Fonts

KG Eyes Wide Open by Kimberly Geswein

Lumen by Start Digital

Stars from Our Eyes by Kimberly Geswein

F E S T I V E:

Amplify by Måns Grebäck 

Janda As Long as You Love Me by Kimberly Geswein

Jellyka Delicious Cake by Jellyka Nerevan

KG Primary Italics by Kimberly Geswein

M E L L O W:

CF Jack Story by Cloutier Fonts

KB Gobble Day by Khrys Bosland

KG Primary Dots by Kimberly Geswein

Love is Complicated Again by Misti’s Fonts

Oh geek, I’m too transparent for my own good… Kimberly Geswein is most definitely my favourite! (Er, sorry, I was trying to be cool there by replacing “gee” with “geek”! Yeah, I’m silly.)

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

Typography Talk

Typography, Fonts, Jupiter Skye, Jupiter Skye by Roanna Fernandes

This is definitely one of my favourite posts (there’s a growing typography series, right here) to write ever so often on the blog! If you’re an illustrator (or a graphics designer) too, you’ll agree with me that there’s never a dearth of free lettering types to find on the internet (Da Font is my go-to place for beautiful typefaces). I think that everyone has varied tastes when it comes to certain scripts, it’s much like the clothes we like to buy, the perfumes we love to wear and the qualities that make us who we are… so it’s very natural to choose a typeface that matches your own sensibilities. And if you couldn’t already tell, I find myself drawn to cheery and cursive typefaces more often than not! Without any further ado, here’s presenting my new loves… and yes, leave me a comment below or e-mail me in case there’s a certain font you can’t download or locate. 

C H E E R Y:

Headline One by HPLHS Prop Fonts

Jelly by Rosie Tea

Kings of Kings Lynn by Andrew McCluskey

Nouveau Fontdue by Michael Wong

P L A Y F U L:

Denne Threedee by Denise Bentulan

KG Grace for Today by Kimberly Geswein

Xii by Ximena Acuña

Zephiroth by Type Sailor

S U B T L E:

Airplane by Kady Jesko

Autumn by Denise Bentulan

Kindness by Bianca Groff

Mossy by Bibliopolæ

P.S. How do you like the new colour scheme? If you’ve noticed, this is the only feature I work on changing (between every two typography posts) keeping the design template consistent (I think it helps folks to identify this as a proper series, mais non?).

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

Love etc.

124 Love etc.

Before you think that I’m in love, or some other nonsense – Let me BURST that bubble for you (and me, both)! Lately (these past two weeks, to be precise) I’ve been feeling the love (from other forces and folks) for what I do, in more ways than one. Through kind and long e-mails from strangers, a tiny newspaper mention, tweets and yes, comments. This piece of art is just my way of saying, ‘Thank you!’. ♥

P.S. I also re-discovered this lovely set of paint brushes my friend Eureka Alphonso (most of my illustrating aesthetics come from her – she’s an awesome graphic artist, you should see her work!) sent me a long time ago, and I had the MOST fun playing around with them in this little graphic. I can’t believe that I haven’t ever used them before because I saved on my computer about a year back, and now I’m trying to find out how to extract and save them on my new computer (that’s right, I have a new fellow now that I’ll talk about soon). Bye kids!

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes