Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday #32: Crimson Red, Canary Yellow

Prismacolor Verithin Pencils, Prismacolor, Lumière & Lens, Drawing
Drawing with Prismacolor Verithin pencils.

Happy Sunday!  My week has been a flurry of doctors' appointments (finishing out all my annual check-ups) -- I went to optometrist and my astigmatism has improved by 2 diopters per eye!  I had to get new glasses ($400+ due to my heavy prescription, boo), but as a heavily myopic individual, any improvement is great!

I want to thank everyone who was so receptive to my thoughts on family.  I was apprehensive about sharing something that personal.  Your thoughtful responses were deeply appreciated.  Thank you for giving me the space to write and for the stories you, in turn, shared. 


I was watching Big Eyes on Friday (it's a biopic about the artist Margaret Keane and I highly recommend it) and was inspired to pick up my pencils to draw for the first time in months.  I grabbed the first visual reference I had which happened to be Glamour magazine with Felicity Jones on the color.  Does it look like her?  Not really, but I had a good time rendering the flesh tones on the face! Two of my friends asked me to draw them and I said, "YES."  Maybe I draw women too much, but I find them to be the most inspiring!

Work in progress, Drawing in progress
The drawing in progress. 


I'm working on my portfolio with the eventual goal of freelancing and I'd like to do more "official" gigs.  Since 2017 is an exercise in the habit of SAYING YES, I set about to find opportunities.  Currently, I'm slated to play second photographer for an event at my university Y.  I also wrote a pitch to a committee in the chemistry department and will be doing headshots for the community in March!  I won't make money off either gig since Ph.D. students are disallowed from seeking secondary employment, but it will be good for experience. 


Over the holiday break, I received a collaboration request for Lumière & Lens from a company that makes hair products.  This was a first and definitely a surprise.  I sat on the email for three days before replying because a) integrity as a blogger is important to me and b) I wanted to carefully select something I would use.  I'm not in blogging for "freebies."  After receiving the product, I've used it on both myself and on a photoshoot with my friend Elizabeth so there will be a few posts forthcoming! 

I'm off to get some work done before my Sunday is over.  Anything exciting happen in your week?


  1. That drawing is gorgeous, I could recognise it was Felicity Jones as soon as I saw the top photo on the Bloglovin' preview! Amazing work <3

    Andini xx | Adventures of an Anglophile 

  2. You are so talented! That drawing is amazing! Keep it up :)

  3. WHEN I SAW THIS ON INSTAGRAM I WAS THINKING IT WAS FELICITY JONES (which is awesome, even though I wasn't a fan of her in the latest Star Wars, haha). I think the resemblance is on point and the colors are beautiful. Definitely post more of your work!

    Exciting that you're getting photography gigs as well. It's been my goal to be a second shooter at a wedding for a while now but I keep getting in my own way and I'm too stubborn to reach out to anyone. You're inspiring me to just go for it!


  4. You are so talented! I love the drawing and how you integrated the colors, it's so pretty!!!

  5. That definitely looks like her! It turned out so well, love how you used the colours.

  6. why are you so talented??? the drawing is gorgeous. i like that you use colorful pencils! i haven't yet to have any collaboration but i surely shared the same view as yours. i want the products to be actually useful instead of just gather dust :/ can't wait to see the review! and congrats on landing your photographer gig! you'll ace it well <3

  7. You're so good at it (ha sorry I know I said it to you on Instagram too) but it's true! I could never have such skills, honestly. The most I can do is barely watercolors and calligraphy and I still look like I have handwriting like a chicken's claw (i feel like this is a translation from a Chinese saying hahah) + my understanding of color is very primary.

    I also went for an eye exam last week and sadly my astigmatism also increased (boo) :'( our glasses costs so much more with that doesn't it? And my contacts too. Sigh. Hopefully you get your new ones soon without the old one falling down all the time!

    Cherie ✽ sinonym

  8. It definitely looks like Felicity! Urgggggh, give me some of your creativity please.

    Meg | Elmpetra

  9. Keep drawing women, they're a great subject, and you're so wonderful at it. I saw a peak of this on Instagram and instantly fell in love. You have serious talent. The photography job will be great experience, and I hope you get many more jobs this year!

    Amber -