Desert Rose

243 Desert Rose

The #LearnToDraw posts are probably going to be a forever thing! At least, I hope so. Drawing cute, tiny objects will never cease to excite me… And because I enjoy making cluster illustrations, it also helps when I have perfected an object that is part of the entire illustration (like a bowl of eggs, or a Nutella jar). I take great pride in mastering all the details (the packaging, labels etc.) even if the drawing really is as little as an Instagram square, or even smaller. 

For some reason, cactus prints have been following me all over town (much like those pineapples), they cheerfully adorn silk shirts in fashion editorial spreads (I wonder if Zara has ’em?); and I also spotted some cactuses on a pair of socks (which I want to order right away), and on someone’s phone cover, too. Observations like these are then carefully made a note of by way of doodling them into a notebook, so that I remember to cover them in posts.

P.S. Erm, you could say that I was very inspired by JODI when I thought of this post, and it seemed fitting to follow the previous one… I would like to turn this baby cactus into a proper print now, I have way too many doodles lying around in my folders waiting to be turned into prints.

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

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Sugar & Spice

233 Sugar & Spice

I am not sure how to begin writing this post, exactly… Only because I tend to repeat myself, or usually start with, “Okay, so... ” or “Erm, to… ” Why don’t I have a cool catchphrase? Would be SWEET if I did! Do you have one? What would my life be like if I didn’t have a blog to look after? Not in the arrogant sense, more like, “Would it be easier to just be, and not over-think and not have to jot down every idea that I had?” Yikes, I don’t know! (Does this feel like what it would be like when you have a baby?) I can’t stop over-thinking, and yet I hate thinking about these things. Talk about a rubbish intro paragraph, and I wanted to have a catchphrase (shut it, bro).

Okay (turns out that I can’t get rid of it yet), so a few weeks ago, Radhika (Malhotra) of Sugar & Spice e-mailed me because she wanted to have a cool, new header created for her blog; I remember being very interested about the project because the name itself had so much potential, I was thinking of conjuring jars of magical sprinkles and cake-mixers blending secret-looking ingredients in bowls and well, all sorts of objects, because erm… SUGAR AND SPICE – Commonplace as the phrase is, something about it is very charming, enchanting even. (Radhika is a Delhi-based blogger who makes desserts and food, mostly – and covers all related recipes on her blog; she also loves composing and shooting the pictures for all of her posts.)

We both came up with very many ideas that were exchanged over a couple of e-mails… Radhika decided that she liked the idea most of Sugar & Spice being illustrated as a logo unit (in a typeface format, along with her signature). So, it was a header-style artwork that won her heart ultimately, wherein Sugar & Spice and all of her favourite ingredients and tools were illustrated colourfully! Also, we finally settled for a different typeface in the overall artwork but this is the one I used originally which made me like this version more, heh. (I can’t decide what I like the most… The jar of Nutella, slab of butter, or ooh, the eggs, camera – yes, I was inspired by the Lomography ones, the cake-mixer, lemons, etc. Ooh, definitely the sprinkles!)

P.S. This is the second dessert-ish related artwork/logo (I think The Vanilla Bean Bakery was the first) that I’ve worked on formally for someone, and I LOOOOOVE working on projects like these… Because it makes me very happy to be able to draw things to eat. :-)

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes