This is based on the well known promo image for Autumn’s Concerto (下一站幸福), aka the best drama ever. (Unfortunately, I liked it so much it ruined anything I watched after it.. so lo’ and behold: high standards and more free time.)
And for the curious, these were the colours used in the piece.
The instagrams which documented this magic. Much, much credit to the newly obtained copic white opaque paint. I’ve never worked with such a smooth yet opaque formula. Totally recommended. I bought mine off Amazon. (It ships prime if you have it!)
I’ve been told to improve many, many times. And it’s always been true. I’m still paying my dues, learning, improving. I think I’ll always be on some front. 
However, I was once delivered this great insult: You lack depth. 
I know I spend tons of time sketching, sewing, doing things which do not contribute directly to my career. Hell, it’s not even just that: To tell me to stop “wasting time” on these things and to invest it into “more meaningful” projects is so lost.
I’m not sure why all my life there was someone who was so compelled, someone who would proceed to put great effort into making me feel so miserable about the things I love. As much as I say I’m over this, it’s still too close for comfort.
Also, I know most do not think this. It’s the exception who did. And yet, it’s still the greatest insult, and I believe it be the greatest insult for anyone who cares about their craft. To say one lacks depth all while knowing about these loves is the greatest insult.
And to the rest of you, I’ll let you know…
I’m still slaying these demons…
And when I finish, I hope the journey will be a fulfilling one. And I hope I find my principle. 
…Then, it will continue.
I finally figured out how to articulate this.
0. Let’s be clear: I appreciate constructive critique. Maybe not at first, which is sadly a side effect of being sensitive, but definitely in retrospect. I’m admitting to that.
1. Perhaps using an iceberg here is a complete shallow, surface level depiction. However, when an audience sees an iceberg, they’ll think of the underneath majesty. That’s what I want you to see here… Look at anyone and all you see is the tip; do not force anything onto them because your insight is only the tip. That’s the lesson I want to convey. That’s what I want you to keep in mind. It’s also something I’m striving to keep in mind.
2. I just watched a great talk about this. It’s Bret Victor’s Inventing on Principle.
3. I think articulating it in blog form is especially useful. Thanks for your eyes.
Seeing these ink+nib sketches makes me want to upgrade above the play set I have.
In between all of this action, there have been plans to start a cross-country collab blog. & of course, everything that comes with having a fulltime job - thanks Mr. President for the day off! It’s weird, have less energy to assemble these posts than I cared to during university, especially design posts. /thinking out loud
This particular set was tough.. Every dot was painstakingly pasted individually. Took a few tries to get the poppies to set too (flimsy vinyl with heavy big section anchored to skinny section =s trouble).
Sizable Copic collection from the glory days. The sad reality is it’s very hard to be very good at everything. Unfortunately, lots are cursed with this blessing of being supremely interested in related, but rather different, fields. (I think lots are, or at least, I am.)
There is only so much time to develop a true expertise, so choosing what to spend it on is vital. I’m writing this because for damn reason, putting things public makes me commit. So here we go: the focus is building a product. Focus on the skills which come with that. Meaning, painting, coloring, sewing, gaming, and so on so on are on the backburner.