Though based in the Gulf, I “Billy Joe Fernandes” has a close connection to my roots in the State through my thought-provoking cartoons and art sensitizing the Goans on the issues that they face.
Born in the Goan Village of Sirsaim, Bardez, and having a Master’s degree in Commerce & Diploma in Logistics, I never thought I would take up cartooning to an extent that I am today.
The drawing was a part of our curriculum but never took it seriously. The real work began when I moved to Dubai and started feeling the awe of missing our Motherland Goa. These energies had to be channelized somewhere and thus came to life Billytoons Goa.
When in Dubai every evening has been a journey of new creations. Cartoons have filled up my space. And time has been flying past.
Since the last decade, I have been away from Goa, and this fondness has created some of my beautiful works portrayed out to the world.
Creating a new style of cartooning with no prior experience is something I am amazed at. The moment I sit with the iPad and start sketching, ideas just flow in and the characters are ready.
I am a Tea lover and catch upon my close buddies over a cup of tea…. You are most welcome to join me for a cup of tea for a susegad evening.