The Story Behind Stray Curls

By |2018-09-04T03:00:29+00:00November 9th, 2017|Art and Creativity, Blogging and Business, Personal|81 Comments
  • How I started as a Blogger and slowly moved towards becoming a Comic Artist and Illustrator. Read my whole story here.

I began making Stray Curls comics six months ago, on June 2017. Little did I know that these comics would take off and I would find myself with a full-fledged Brand that now creates stationery and accessories all under the name of Stray Curls. So, in case you’re wondering what’s the story behind Stray Curls or who exactly is this woman who’s creating these little comics… you’re going to find out. You’re also going to need a lot of patience to read it all. So, here’s to you!

 

My origin

 

I was born on 17th August, 1992 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. I am Indian by origin. As a curly haired toddler, I loved drawing on every paper I could find. My father was a Stationery Manager so I had no trouble accessing color pencils, crayons and paper. I was an only child and a very hyper one indeed. I loved two things – toys and making messes.


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I was a very quiet child in school, though. I did not mingle much with other children (a not so desirable trait) and was quite satisfied drawing and doodling in my little notebooks, that my father gave me. Watching cartoons and reading were my whole world. I loved reading Enid Blyton books. This led to me talking to my stuffed animals. I’d have make-believe tea parties with them. I also developed a fascination for story books, coloring books, and Barbie Dolls.


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Growing up

Growing up, I spent a lot of time listening to rock, metal and sometimes the blues. I had a special place in my heart for Country Music of the 60s and 70s and I would listen to songs on the way to school, church and grocery shopping. I was bullied for having curly hair. Nothing serious, just the regular teasing and finger pointing. It wasn’t just in school. Some of my relatives poked fun too.

Between the ages of 13 – 17 (when I should have been making friends and dating), I delved into the world of video games. I played every PC game I could get my hands on – Need for Speed, Devil May Cry, Harry Potter, Sims, Tomb Raider – I loved them all. I was a computer geek. This was also the time my eyesight weakened and I needed to get myself a pair of glasses – really thick ones.

My parents never had a problem with the amount of time I spent on the computer or watching TV because I brought home excellent grades. I always managed to finish my studying and homework in the bus so I could spend every waking minute either playing on the computer or drawing in my sketchbooks.

 

Leaving Abu Dhabi

When I finished my 12th grade, the time had come to make a very important decision. I had to choose what I wanted to do with my future. A very small part of me wanted to join Arts because drawing was my passion. But since everyone in my Batch was taking up either Engineering or Medicine, I decided to go with the flow and take up Engineering (not my finest decision).

I moved to India and took up a room in a dorm. The next four years of my life became a turning point for me. I made friends. I actually ventured out and began to talk to people. I realized I quite enjoyed it. I never knew I was a talker – to be honest. Staying in a dorm made me realize that. Girls would gather in my room after curfew to listen to my stories. I told them ghost stories, stories about movies I watched with my mum and so much more.

And that’s when I realized that I had a knack for story-telling. I made some of my best friends in this college. I was blessed to have a genius roommate who took me under her wing and taught me about life. The course itself proved to be challenging. I met lots of nice people and some not-so-nice people.

Shifting my focus to drawing

I was bullied quite a lot in my first year for having curly hair, and being a 5’8″ girl in an Asian country, didn’t help much either. I stood out like a sore thumb. The bullying bothered me for a bit but eventually I got used to it. Every time I was sad, I drew a picture. Every time I was overly happy, I drew a picture. Drawing was my consolation and at the same time my joy. The very act of drawing proved to be my biggest solace.


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I learned how to handle my finances, how to wash my own clothes manually by hand (we didn’t have washing machines because it was part of the curriculum to teach students how to be patient), how to catch a city bus (no I had never done this my whole life), how to cross the street (again, I had never stepped out of my apartment by myself so this was all quite new to me) and how to live in the real world.

Life was hard but at the same time awfully exciting. I fell in love with India. I fell in love with the rain, the trees, and the adorable stray dogs. And in this very college, I also met the love of my life – Daniel. From day 1 we both knew that there was something quite odd about our friendship. It was electric, it was magical… and I’d be on fire every time he stood inches away from me.

This was also the time, when I couldn’t really carry all my pencils to some classes so, I made due with pens. And I started using ball point pens to create art.

 

Getting married

Daniel and my friends provided the inspiration for me to draw. He too was an only child and being two years my senior, he knew more about this college than I did. We started dating 6 months after being best friends. And this was the best decision of my life.

 

 

Our new bundle of joy

We got married 4 years later in 2015 and rented a little apartment in Bangalore. He bought me a puppy as a wedding gift because he knew how much I’ve wanted a dog and couldn’t have one since I was residing in a Muslim country previously, all my life. And it was the greatest present I’ve ever received till now.

 

We decided to call her Maria and she is our whole world. It took me some time to adjust to Bangalore. I missed my parents dearly. I had imagined that after graduating, I’d be able to go home to Abu Dhabi and be with them. But I knew that I couldn’t uproot Daniel from India or leave my little munchkin of a pup behind. So, I made the decision to stay back in India. And we make trips back and forth because my parents are my biggest supporters along with Daniel.

 

Taking the big leap

I knew then that taking up a job in Computer Science was not what I wanted to do. I wanted to stay at home and be with my husband and dog. As you can tell from this story, I’m quite a little home-bird who loves to stay indoors.

This was a very big decision for me because I knew we needed to pay rent. But Daniel convinced me to stay at home. He makes websites for small companies that were starting up. So, I decided to learn his business and help him make websites together.

But after a whole year of building standard websites for either men or small Indian companies, I started to grow restless. I wanted an outlet where I could draw or write – basically do something more creative and colorful. So, I started my Blog on the side (this blog no longer exists but you can read my NEW blog right here) – Mary Angela’s Blog where I published a post weekly.


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This blog attracted my first woman client from the US. This was awfully exciting because I got to create design elements that were feminine and more in my field of work. I’d create hand-drawn logos with my black ink pen and color them using Photoshop.

 

At first, it was 1 – 2 clients a month. But slowly, word started to spread and I began getting more clients that wanted Illustrated Portraits, Business Cards and Websites.


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In June, 2016, I got my first physical commission. I realized it was getting serious and I needed to take this up seriously.

 

So, my husband and I saved up for 3 whole months before investing in a digital tablet in November, 2016. I had zero experience and I was eager to learn. So, every day, I created an illustration. They were pretty amateurish in the beginning, but my work started improving with practice.


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I was earning a living with my blog through ads and through commissions. It wasn’t great money, but it helped keep the pot boiling. We even got a bigger apartment with a home office (away from the city) so we could be more comfortable.

 

Maria was beyond thrilled.

Another venture – oh boy!

In May, I created an online course that teaches how to create illustrations because I was receiving questions every single day regarding my illustrating journey. You can get it here if you’re interested in learning how to illustrate like this.

Again, I was too shy to market it, so I didn’t spend too much time trying to spread the word.

 

A friend of mine (who is also a Blogging Buddy of mine and a Social Media Goddess – Jaimie) then suggested I start an Instagram account. An account where I upload all my illustrations. So I did. It was just for pass time, mind you. This was also a great way to monitor my progress and see how far I came. I started this account in December, 2016.

 

stray curls instagramI wasn’t posting regularly, just once every now and then. And just to spice things up, I created my very first comic on the 12th of February, 2017. At first, I didn’t know what I’d make my comic about. I was confused. I wanted my comic to be about an issue that was very much real but at the same time not so serious.

My very first Stray Curls comic

And I thought to myself, why not make my comic about my biggest frustration – something I have to deal with on a daily basis – my curly hair. I had just had a horrible salon experience and decided to illustrate it with a funny black and white comic.

stray curls comicThis was intended to be a one time thing, but I created 2-3 more before moving back to illustrations. I didn’t think of it for quite some time until the end of May when I once again decided to create another Stray Curls comic. I was going through some old photos, and I realized that having curly hair was one of my biggest topsy-turvy adventures. This time, I thought I’d add some color. So, I did.

stray curls comic

After putting up this particular comic, I received a lot of positive feedback. Within a month, I was able to hit 1000 followers on Instagram. And that’s when I realized, this particular thing I was doing – making comics was helping me promote my services as an Illustrator. I realized that this was my staircase to marketing myself without having to actually do it. Stray Curls was my stairway to success.


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2 months later, I started my very own Stray Curls Patreon account. I was nervous at first. I didn’t think anyone would want to support me because I was fairly new at this and I was just making comics on the side. But to my amazement, people actually started supporting Stray Curls. And that’s when I knew, that this was what I was meant to do my whole life.

stray curls patreon

Draw. And make people laugh with my stories Stray Curls comics.

Where Stray Curls is now…

Stray Curls has been featured in several websites like Scoop Whoop, Bored Panda, India Times and so many more. My comics have come a long way in the past 5 months and this includes my drawing style.

stray curls comic

And only last month, I opened my store, which you can visit here.

 

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Thanks to my Stray Curls comics, I am now able to earn a living and support my family doing something I love and adore. This journey has been such a long and necessary one. This is my story. Now, you may think, why in the world is this woman sharing her story with us? What is the point in all this?

Well, the main reason why I’ve shared this story about Stray Curls is because a lot of people ask me how I’m so lucky or how nice I have it because I’m getting to do my dream job. But it’s not so simple. Sometimes, to achieve the things you want, you need to spend a lifetime figuring out what exactly you’re good at and what exactly you want to do. These things don’t happen overnight. It takes a lot of work to push something off the ground.


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I’ve been drawing my whole life, I’ve painted, sketched with pencils and charcoal, used ball point pens and finally moved to illustrating and making comics. I never attended art school, I never took a course and I’ve never had lessons. I’ve wasted four years learning Engineering but it taught me to be patient, resilient and most importantly – it made me realize that I was born to do something else entirely.

So, if you’re not where you want to be right now, don’t worry. Take it easy. Nothing (and I repeat – nothing) happens in one day. Things take time. No one becomes an artist in one night. It takes months, years, decades just to figure out what you’re meant to do. And after that, the journey begins with you taking the first step toward your dreams.

As you’re nearing your goal, there are going to be a lot of obstacles. Obstacles so ugly and so huge that you’re going to have to summon all the strength you can muster to overcome them. Don’t let these hardships deter you. Don’t let it stop you from doing what you have to do. You have to fight for your dreams.


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And if you want to know who your real friends and supporters are, just be who you are. Those who support you even if you’re dirt poor and/or extremely unpopular are the ones that truly love you. Keep your family and friends close. They will never leave your side.

I am not perfect. I’ve made innumerable mistakes. But I don’t regret any of them, because each mistake taught me a valuable lesson and helped me grow. All my life, I’ve been bullied for having curly hair. It was only natural for me to hate my curls. But the day I embraced my curls, and learned to make peace with my hair, life rolled out differently. My curly hair has been my biggest inspiration for Stray Curls.

Remember to embrace what makes you different. It was, is and always will be your biggest strength. If you have any questions, or just want to say hi, leave a comment below. I will reply to every single one. <3

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About the Author:

Angela is a 26 year old Illustrator and Comic Artist living in Bangalore, India with her husband and 2 cute little Labrador retrievers who resemble a cream-bun and a chocolate kiss.

81 Comments

  1. Shrestya Saraswati December 2, 2017 at 5:46 am - Reply

    Your story is so inspirational.
    Keep doing the good work and keep entertaining the world with your amazing comics. To be very honest, I eagerly wait for you comics. They have been a major reason to lift up my mood whenever I’m sad.
    God bless you and your family
    Love lots.

    • Angela Vaz December 2, 2017 at 5:50 am - Reply

      Hello Shrestya,
      Thank you so much. <3 That means a lot to me. I know how it feels to be down in the dumps. And I look forward to making you laugh.
      Lots of love,
      Angela

  2. MariaS December 2, 2017 at 5:56 am - Reply

    I’m reading you from Argentina and I love your work…I feel so identified with your comics that I can’t believe that I’m not the only one.
    Knowing that someone could made their dreams real makes me so happy, so I’m so happy for you Angela. Keep dreaming and doing your excellent work that I’ll never stop following. Have a life full of success!

    • Angela Vaz December 2, 2017 at 6:03 am - Reply

      Hello Maria,
      Argentina – I’ve always wanted to go there after the famous Madonna song. Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m so thrilled to have started this journey, and no – I don’t intend on stopping. Never, ever. πŸ˜€ I love making comics. Have a lovely day, Maria.
      Hugs and kisses,
      Angela

  3. Hemalatha December 2, 2017 at 6:06 am - Reply

    Wowwwww. That’s awesome. Your journey. And you’re one of reasons why I decided to embrace my curly hair again. After killing them for two years with permanent straightening and what not.
    Way to go girl😘

    • Angela Vaz December 2, 2017 at 6:08 am - Reply

      Hello Hema,
      Thank you so much. I’m so glad you decided to embrace your curls too. It was such a difficult decision for me. But I love my curls now. I did the same love. Straightening, coloring, sigh… The damage is reversible with a lot of hardwork though. If you have any questions regarding curly hair, I’m here to help!
      Warm regards,
      Angela

  4. Gauri December 2, 2017 at 6:18 am - Reply

    This is such a wonderfully inspiring story! It’s made me feel better about not having discovered what I’m meant to do yet, and also about my annoyingly curly hair. As an Indian school kid, I’ve also felt insecure about my hair, especially when I visit parlours and they immediately proceed to pull out a hair straightener (I literally have to beg them to stop!) I find solace and motivation in your comics. Keep going! We love you.

    • Angela Vaz December 2, 2017 at 6:29 am - Reply

      Hello Gauri,
      Thank you so much. Yes, this was the very intention of this blog post. To strike inspiration in the hearts of many. Meh, don’t worry if you don’t know what to do yet. That magical moment can happen anytime. It can happen when you’re 3, or it can happen when you’re 24, or even 47. Take it one day at a time. About your hair, I know exactly how you feel. I was awfully insecure about mine. You’re right, Indians don’t really cherish curly hair. It’s still a mystery to so many people. I have to plead with hairdressers to not blowdry my hair.

      And thank you. <3 For all your kind words. I won't ever stop.

      Lots of love,
      Angela

  5. Keerthana December 2, 2017 at 6:19 am - Reply

    Hello,
    Your story is so inspiring. Congratulations..and hope your stary curls journey just gets amazing in the years to come.

    Loads of love,
    Another Stray curled Girl

    • Angela Vaz December 2, 2017 at 6:30 am - Reply

      Hello Keerthana,
      Thank you so much sweetie. You’re really sweet. Hope you have a wonderful day!
      A big, fat hug,
      Angela

  6. Sarah jane waltham December 2, 2017 at 6:26 am - Reply

    Hi!! My name is sarah and im 13 and im from UK. I looooveee your comics. You are very pretty and inpirational!!! I live in bangalore and i have a dog, her name is sparkle, shes a golden retriever. I can relate to your comics sometimes (even though i don’t have curly hair). KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!! Hugs and kisses from sarah. 😚😘😍

    • Angela Vaz December 2, 2017 at 6:31 am - Reply

      Hi Sarah,
      That’s such a sweet name, you have. Kiss Sparkle for me. Isn’t Bangalore terribly cold? But I bet it’s nothing you can’t handle since you’re from the UK.

      I won’t ever stop drawing. <3

      Lots of kisses,
      Angela

  7. Buoyantdoodles December 2, 2017 at 6:34 am - Reply

    Thankyou so much for sharing your journey here. I am glad that you are finally doing what you love the most. Maria is way too cute 😘😘 . I wish you all the best . Love.

    • Angela Vaz December 2, 2017 at 8:45 am - Reply

      Hello Byuoyantdoodles,
      It was my pleasure. I am so happy to be pursuing something I love. Wishing you all the best with your doodles. They’re so cute! And Maria gives you a nice, big wet kiss.
      Lots of love,
      Angela

  8. Marissa December 2, 2017 at 6:52 am - Reply

    You are simply amazing!!! You are an epitome of courage and resilience! I’ve always loved your comics and now I love your story πŸ™‚ I can only imagine the struggle you must have been through. I know this because Bangalore, in a way, has been kind to me too when I moved there to study. But your story and hardword are inspiring! Keep drawing… we love u!

    • Angela Vaz December 2, 2017 at 8:47 am - Reply

      Hello Marissa,
      Thank you so much. You are too kind. Yes, life is always hard. And I’ve thought of giving up so many times, but something or the other has always brought me back. I cannot stop drawing. Not now. Not ever.
      Lots of love,
      Angela

  9. Dia Shetty December 2, 2017 at 6:55 am - Reply

    Hey Angela!
    This was so beautiful… It put a smile on my face but it also brought tears in my eyes. Your story is so inspirational and even I got motivated that nothing happens overnight (as I’m about to enter 12th grade even I’m confused between arts and finance) I have always fangirled you!
    You’re such an inspiration.
    Thank you for coming in my life❀
    Love, Dia.

    • Angela Vaz December 2, 2017 at 8:53 am - Reply

      Hello Dia,
      Thank you so much. <3 12th Grade is so hard. Not in terms of studies, but in terms of decisions and people. But just remember this, everything is reversible. You can choose any path and still go toward your dream destination. Glad to be a part of your life.
      Hugs and kisses,
      Angela

  10. Krishna December 2, 2017 at 7:02 am - Reply

    This inspired me so much. Although I’m still thirteen I’ve been through so much. Sometimes I just feel like giving up which you taught me is not an option. Thank you for inspiring me !

    • Angela Vaz December 2, 2017 at 8:54 am - Reply

      Hello Krishna,
      Thank you so much. 13? You’re a teenager now! And no, giving up or quitting is never an option! Because the results are totally worth the effort and pain you put in. <3
      Warm regards,
      Angela

  11. Hiranmayi Devadula December 2, 2017 at 7:09 am - Reply

    Me and my sister ,both are curly heads and love your posts.
    She’s now married and lives in Germany with her husband. I miss her badly but, we still share your comics to each other and have a good laugh at them.
    I am known for my curly hair everywhere. I used to hate them in my school days cuz no hairstyle made any difference to me and everyone of friends mocked about it. It was later , after I joined college I realized that I was gifted to have them lovely curls. Though ,I still fear going out with an open hair. What I wanna say is you are amazing and thanks for making me love my curls more than ever 😘

    • Angela Vaz December 2, 2017 at 8:56 am - Reply

      Hello Hiranmayi,
      Aww, two curly heads? Your mum must have had a hell lotta fun, oiling your heads and combing your hair. Lol. I totally know what the mocking feels like. Been there, done that. And that’s why I try to focus on curly hair so much. I want people to know that curly hair is cool! And in fact, very, very special. Love your curls.
      Warm regards,
      Angela

  12. Ramsha Tofique December 2, 2017 at 7:17 am - Reply

    Hey!
    Loved every bit of your story! And i can relate to so many of the things with you! There’s calm after the struggle of course <3. I loved to read Enid Blyton too back in the days:D
    Your comics always make me laugh and I look forward to them every day! Keep up the genius work πŸ‘
    Much love from Pakistan!
    Stay blessed!

    • Angela Vaz December 2, 2017 at 9:02 am - Reply

      Hello Ramsha,
      Thank you sweetie. You’re too kind. Enid Blyton, sigh… And Archie Comics. So many memories. I won’t ever stop making comics. <3
      Lots of love,
      Angela

  13. Sneha December 2, 2017 at 7:31 am - Reply

    What a lovely post! I could relate to so much of it πŸ™‚

    Enid Blyton was a HUGE part of my childhood too. I still read her books from time to time for the nostalgia!

    • Angela Vaz December 2, 2017 at 12:06 pm - Reply

      Hello Sneha,
      Thank you so much. <3 I still read them too! Throw in a few Archie Comics, and you've got the perfect tea party. πŸ˜€
      Lots of love,
      Angela

  14. Tiger Lily December 2, 2017 at 7:55 am - Reply

    Dear Angela,
    You are a real inspiration to me after reading this! I have always loved your comics but this is phenomenal and I hope one day I can be an artist or comic creator like you. Xx

    • Angela Vaz December 2, 2017 at 12:07 pm - Reply

      Hello Tiger Lily,
      Thank you so much. Here’s a big fat hug from me to you. You can be anything you want to be. You just have to want it hard enough! <3 Best wishes.
      Lots of love,
      Angela

  15. Mia December 2, 2017 at 8:01 am - Reply

    Hello Angela,
    I’m so glad you wrote about your journey, this was just the right inspiration I needed just when I was going to quit trying. I am a huge fan of your work. I aspire to be an illustrator someday, and you have just shown me it’s a possible dream if I keep trying. Thank you for sharing your story <3
    Loads of love,
    Mia

    • Angela Vaz December 2, 2017 at 12:21 pm - Reply

      Hello Mia,
      Thank you so much. No, don’t quit trying. I know how hard it is, especially if you don’t see results straight away. I made that mistake, too many times. But my comics wasn’t one of them. It took me a long time to actually get to where I am, and it’s only because I didn’t give up. Don’t ever give up Mia. <3
      Lots of love,
      Angela
      Angela

  16. Pritthee Mahdiyat December 2, 2017 at 8:47 am - Reply

    I just want to give you a very tight hug. Keep doing what you do and keep making yourself happy through your art!
    P.S You should make more comics of you and your husband! Maybe about your daily lives or something!

    • Angela Vaz December 2, 2017 at 12:24 pm - Reply

      Hello Pritthee,
      Thank you so much sweetheart. That’s so sweet of you. <3 *huggle huggle* I will try and incorporate some. They are there in a couple of comics, if you noticed. πŸ˜€
      Warm regards,
      Angela

  17. Izzy December 2, 2017 at 8:50 am - Reply

    Your story is so inpiring, and your family is so cute! (Please hug Maria for me!)
    The majority of people I’m around always say my curly hair is beautiful and don’t believe me when I say it’s natural or how hard it is to tame the friziness. Someone finally understands me now! 😊
    Good luck on your road to making Stray Curls even more prosperous. Lots of love from Hyderabad~~ β™‘

    • Angela Vaz December 2, 2017 at 12:28 pm - Reply

      Hello Izzy,
      Thank you so much. *a big, warm huggle for Maria* Ugh – I too hated my hair for such a long time, so I know the feeling. I know curly hair is hard to embrace, but once you have the right products and know how to take care of it, everything just magically falls into place. Give it time, study your hair. I love YouTube because I love to watch tutorials on how to take care of curly hair.
      Lots of love and kisses,
      Angela

  18. Rita December 2, 2017 at 9:44 am - Reply

    You are an amazing artist and from what I have seen and read, an amazing person too. It is pretty difficult as an artist to survive, especially in India and u make me so happy and proud to know that u r following your dream. Never give up. You are awesome and keep sketching those smiles on our faces!

    P.s. make one cool on pros and cons of thick and thin hair πŸ™‚

    • Angela Vaz December 3, 2017 at 7:34 am - Reply

      Hello Rita,
      Thank you so much. You are really too kind. I totally understand. It is a risk that you have take in the beginning. That’s why it’s safe to keep a regular job that pays well and do art on the side until it picks up and starts helping you earn an income. Thank you again. <3
      Lots of love,
      Angela
      P.S. Will do. πŸ™‚

  19. Ayesha December 2, 2017 at 10:31 am - Reply

    Oh my god 😱 !! I can’t even imagine that this your story and your past . You’re such an inspiration to people who want to do something in their life (including me πŸ˜”) . I also love arts and arts is my passion but sadly my parents don’t allow me to choose any field accept medicine … btw I just love your comics !! They’re awsum 😍

    • Angela Vaz December 3, 2017 at 7:36 am - Reply

      Hello Ayesha,
      Yes, it is my story. I always thought that I had shared it enough but for some reason I thought of properly sitting down and writing it again. I totally support you. It doesn’t matter what you decide. But incorporate art into your daily life. Try to reason with your parents. You can make a living doing anything you want. <3 And thank you love. You are too sweet.
      Hugs and kisses,
      Angela

      • Ayesha December 4, 2017 at 11:33 am - Reply

        Tysm 😍😍 Hugs and kisses from me too πŸ˜„

  20. Zainab December 2, 2017 at 10:31 am - Reply

    hii im from abu dhabi as well.. i just loooove ur comics .although im not a curly haired girl i too am able to relate with u soo much. please keep doing wat u do and love . thank u soo much for sharing ur story with us and showing us that everything is possible if u put ur mind to it😊

    • Angela Vaz December 3, 2017 at 7:37 am - Reply

      Hello Zainab,
      That’s so cool! I still miss Abu Dhabi from time to time. And curly hair is simply awesome. Very time-consuming to take care of though, but totally worth it. Yes, it’s very much possible to achieve anything your heart desires as long as you want it hard enough!
      Warm regards,
      Angela

  21. Vyeline December 2, 2017 at 10:53 am - Reply

    I really love your work , your story is really inspired me , because i already 11th grade and just one more year to college and i still confused between pharmacy and accounting πŸ˜‚ , and your comic often make me laugh when i feel down or sad , thank you for making this lovely comic , may God bless you and your family πŸ’•

    • Angela Vaz December 3, 2017 at 7:39 am - Reply

      Hello Vyeline,
      Thank you so much. I’m over the moon that this has inspired you. 11th and 12th Grade is super hard especially because you everyone around you is making that tough decision of what to do next and it’s so confusing. I’ve been there and done that. But it doesn’t matter. You can chase your dreams at any age. As long as you’re happy doing what you want, nothing else matters. <3 I'm never going to stop making you laugh. <3
      Lots of love,
      Angela

  22. Mia Nair December 2, 2017 at 11:33 am - Reply

    This so inspirational! I’m so happy for where you’ve reached in life.
    And I’m actually an Indian who was born and raised in Abu Dhabi (only difference is I’m still here) and your story has motivated me to do more with my life.

    • Angela Vaz December 3, 2017 at 7:40 am - Reply

      Hello Mia,
      Thank you so much. I’m incredibly blessed to be in this place and be surrounded with the most loving people ever. You can do anything your heart desires. <3 Just go for it!
      Best of luck!
      Angela

  23. Sofia Pires December 2, 2017 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    Reading this from Lisbon, Portugal… Your comics are so relatable, I love them! Never found an accurate representation of what it’s like to live with curly hair and you just do it right. I’m happy you can make a living out of what you love πŸ™‚ thank you for sharing your story and for being so honest all the time!!

    • Angela Vaz December 3, 2017 at 7:50 am - Reply

      Hello Sofia,
      First off, I love your name. <3 And thank you so much. Curly hair is just wonderful to have, but also time consuming to take care of. I'm incredibly blessed to be able to do something I love for a living.
      Lots of love,
      Angela

  24. Suzan Fernando December 2, 2017 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Am a aspiring writer and I found your comics relatable as I have fussy curly hair and also you r so inspired I hope even my works get such success 😘😘.lots of luv

    • Angela Vaz December 3, 2017 at 7:51 am - Reply

      Hello Suzan,
      You’re going to be amazing. Writing and drawing are two things I’ve enjoyed doing so much. I wish you all the best. Curly hair is a blessing. <3
      Warm regards and all the best!
      Angela

  25. Revathy December 2, 2017 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    I know how difficult it is to be an artist, and I know many people do, engineering might not bring great engineers in India, but they definitely do bring ones true self out, most people have had their break through after and through their engineering life’s.

    • Angela Vaz December 3, 2017 at 7:52 am - Reply

      Hello Revathy,
      Yes, it’s very difficult. In India, most people have to start their lives after their education. Our education system ins undoubtedly the best,
      but it fails to recognize talent and reward those who are destined for something else entirely. I hope in the future, we are able to improve it. <3
      Warm regards,
      Angela

  26. Sydney Klier December 2, 2017 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    Hi reading this from Austin Texas! It’s amazing to see how much you have progressed! I am a huge fan of your comics and I had no idea you were that good at drawing seeing a perfect face drawn in paper is amazing.

    • Angela Vaz December 3, 2017 at 7:54 am - Reply

      Hello Sydney,
      Oh, Texas sounds amazing. I’ve always wanted to visit. Yes, drawing was something I absolutely loved but now after getting married, it’s impossible for me to sit for 14-16 hours at a stretch and complete a pencil sketch. I’ve lost my patience, lol. That’s partly the reason I shifted to digital art. It gives me an excuse to get up from time to time and play with my munchkin of a pup. πŸ˜€
      Lots of love,
      Angela

  27. Eve December 2, 2017 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Oh my God! You’re such an amazing person Angela❀️ I’m so happy I’ve had the chance to find your Instagram page. Your comics are the reason why I’m smilling and I wish you’ll never stop from doing what you like.
    I’m just a 14 years old girl from Romania, a country you’ve probably never heard about before, but all the pieces of advice you gave in this article will surely help me.
    Love,
    Eve❀️😁

    • Angela Vaz December 3, 2017 at 7:55 am - Reply

      Hello Eve,
      Thank you hon, you’re too kind, really. I’m so happy and it gives me immense joy to make comics that are appreciated from around the world. I’m just immensely lucky to have reached so far, and it’s all thanks to you guys.
      And of course I’ve heard of Romania! It’s so famous! I hope my passage was able to inspire you. Follow your dreams sweetheart!
      Lots of love,
      Angela

  28. Samriddhi December 2, 2017 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    Beautifully written!! inspiring one. This time it was not possible for me to join straycurls for my internship program πŸ˜” but i hope and i wish in future, will meet soon. You are such a wonderful person.Stay healthy and happy.
    Your work is amazing and always inspire me… β€οΈπŸ€—

    • Angela Vaz December 3, 2017 at 7:56 am - Reply

      Hello Samriddhi,
      Thank you so much! I totally understand. And it was such a pleasure corresponding with you. We will most definitely meet. <3
      Lots of love,
      Angela

  29. Kimy December 2, 2017 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    Hey! I love your comics so so much, it helped me overcome my depression since everytine I was depressed, I would go to instagram and look at funny comics including your comics. Love from Indonesia 😊😊

    • Angela Vaz December 3, 2017 at 7:57 am - Reply

      Hello Kimy,
      Thank you so much. I totally understand. I’ve been through depression myself and art was one of the things that actually helped me come out of it. And if it gets too bad, find someone to talk to. It really, really helps. <3
      Love and kisses from India,
      Angela

  30. Kia December 3, 2017 at 3:48 am - Reply

    You’re amazing!

    • Angela Vaz December 3, 2017 at 7:58 am - Reply

      Hello Kia,
      Thank you, you’re very sweet!
      Lots of love,
      Angela

  31. Melissa December 3, 2017 at 4:08 am - Reply

    You’re kickass! So happy to see you do so well. Both you and your work deserve all the love and success there is. Good luck Angela. Do more of what you love, always!! Love to Maria πŸ™‚

    • Angela Vaz December 3, 2017 at 7:59 am - Reply

      Hello Melissa,
      Thank you sweetie. You’re too kind. oo0o0o and I love being called “kickass”! Ha ha. That’s just amazing! I’ll give Maria a big hug for you.
      Lots of love,
      Angela

  32. Bons December 4, 2017 at 6:47 am - Reply

    Wow, what an inspiration…its like you read my mind….finding your passion is by far the hardest thing one can endure…..its great to find souls like you who have kept the spark burning bright…….keep your passion alive and hope you enkindle the fire among us ‘boring’ souls….

    • Angela Vaz December 4, 2017 at 6:49 am - Reply

      Hello Bons,
      Thank you so much. Yes. I totally agree. Discovering your passion and then pursuing it, is I feel our true life’s purpose. Awwww, no one’s boring. Everyone is different and it’s our differences that make us so interesting! πŸ˜€
      Warm regards,
      Angela

  33. Amanda Bruce December 4, 2017 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    Omg I’m so glad you started a blog! I love your comics and illustrations and am always very excited when they pop up on my Instagram feed. I loved reading your story! You’re such an inspiration, keep it up!
    (I’m from Kentucky, in the US, btw!)

    • Angela Vaz December 14, 2017 at 9:44 am - Reply

      Hello Amanda,
      Thank you so much! I can’t wait to write more! πŸ˜€ You’re a doll.
      Warm regards,
      Angela

  34. Neha Rana December 7, 2017 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Hi…Though I don’t have those curly hair but your illustrations are way too brilliant….I love the way you have overcome all bullying and come out so strong..Cheers to you and your work..Keep going

    • Angela Vaz December 14, 2017 at 9:43 am - Reply

      Hello Neha,
      Oh thank you so much! You’re so sweet! πŸ˜€ Overcoming bullying was very hard. Especially when you don’t have friends or are usually alone. It sucks. But once you do overcome it, life feels ten times better. πŸ˜€
      Lots of love,
      Angela

  35. Chene December 8, 2017 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    I loved reading your story! India has always fascinated me and I’d love to visit it some time. Thanks for being so inspirational 😘

    • Angela Vaz December 14, 2017 at 9:40 am - Reply

      Hello Chene,
      Thank you so much! πŸ˜€ India is such a beautiful country and really diverse! We have snow in the North and plenty of sun in the south. Do visit. <3
      Lots of love,
      Angela

  36. Priti March 30, 2018 at 11:23 am - Reply

    Inspirational! I have also been a loner most of my life and can relate to a few things u have mentioned here. keep up the good work . You are doing a great job just by putting a smile on peoples face

    • Angela Vaz March 31, 2018 at 3:16 am - Reply

      Hello Priti,
      I totally understand that. It’s hard when you cannot find people to talk to. And that’s why I know the importance of books and comics. πŸ™‚ Thank you so much. <3
      Lots of love,
      Angela

  37. Priti March 30, 2018 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Hey Angela,

    Ur story is really inspirational.

    Being a loner myself, I can relate to some of the stuff u hve mentioned here. Also, m a fellow curlie☺️

    U are doing a great job by bringing a smile on peoples face. It’s so difficult to be positive in today’s time . Continue the good work

    Wish u all the success .

    • Angela Vaz March 31, 2018 at 3:19 am - Reply

      Hello Priti,
      Oh, you’re a fellow curly? That’s so cool! And I most definitely will. <3
      Hugs and kisses,
      Angela

  38. Nashoma July 8, 2018 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    Wow from being bullied for having curly hair to completely turning things around Your story is an inspiration

    • Angela Vaz July 9, 2018 at 8:03 am - Reply

      Hello Nashoma,
      Thank you so much, you’re very sweet. πŸ™‚ Yep! I realized a long time ago, that it’s best to make use of what you have.
      Warm regards,
      Angela

  39. Prachiti September 10, 2018 at 8:38 am - Reply

    Hey Angela…
    It seems I have hope… I’m a certified psychologist… worked as one for 8 years before realising I need to find my life’s calling…
    I’m terrified and terrifyingly confused (excuse the very bad pun πŸ˜‰ ) But you are the light at the end of the tunnel… You and my wet-nosed baby Alfie! Helping me keep it real!
    Cheers!
    Kisses to Maria and Chloe… they really are the best support system one can ask for!
    P

    • Angela Vaz September 18, 2018 at 3:32 am - Reply

      Hello Prachiti,

      So good to see you on here. πŸ™‚ A certified psychologist? That’s awesome! I’ve dreamed of becoming one when I was little because I loved talking to people so much! I always wanted a job where I could express myself. That’s why I love drawing and writing so much.

      8 years is a long time, but it’s never too late to start working on your passions and making something out of it! πŸ™‚

      Thank you so much for the lovely compliment. You’re very sweet. I’d love to meet Alfie. What breed is he? πŸ™‚

      Lots of love,
      Angela,
      (big wet kisses from Maria and Chloe to you!) They are indeed such lovable companions. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

  40. Aurelija November 9, 2018 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    It’s so true, looking at your comics and website it seems that you got it so easy, it just flows perfectly. But this story helped me to realize the truth, you put and are putting a lot of work in all this and i hope that you’ll be come even more succesful!

    • Angela Vaz November 10, 2018 at 3:08 am - Reply

      Hello Aurelija,
      Thank you so much. Yes! Rising on Instagram with comics is super easy! πŸ™‚ And thank you. I really hope one day the blog takes off! πŸ˜€ I plan on writing books too!
      Hugs,
      Angela

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