tribute to a cream-filled-doughnut-filled girl

when i saw this instagram photo of a newly-pregnant jenna joseph, i was blown away. the shadows playing across her face and the backdrop of cool-toned green foliage were the perfect compliments to her flawless golden-hour dewy peach-kissed face. out of the blue that wonderful, elusive and sporadic thing called “motivation” hit me like a basketball in the face and my colored prismacolors and drawing paper were dragged from their long-stagnant hiding places.

but for some reason that motivation came in the form of a polaroid-photo-sized drawing, barely bigger than the palm of my hand.

drawing small is SO DIFFICULT. I had no idea what I had gotten myself into when i began. it’s hard enough doing the minute details on a normal-sized portrait, but if you have to draw a face that is approximately the size of your thumb, and still want it to be recognizable? almost impossible. to this day i still can’t see jenna when i look at my drawing, but hopefully it’s only because i’ve stared at it critically for far too long.

this small portrait took me so many hours, and the green backdrop was almost the death of me, but i really am in love with the results. i still can’t exactly see jenna but i’m proud of myself for getting into as much detail as i possibly could. i definitely learned the importance of keeping your pencils sharp.

anyways, this is for you, jenna: my birthday twin and #makeupgoals and the one who proved tyler wrong and the person-who-lowkey-looks-like-my-mom. i’m so excited for your little girl due in february and you’re going to be a beautiful momma.

here’s a progress photo and the finished piece:

“for you, i’d go, write a slick song just to show you the world,” -tyler joseph, smithereens

“she’s the tear in my heart, i’m alive, she’s the tear in my heart, i’m on fire, she’s the tear in my heart, takes me higher, than i’ve ever been.” -tyler joseph, tear in my heart

drawn by jul in colored pencil ❤


23 thoughts on “tribute to a cream-filled-doughnut-filled girl”

  1. Jul-
    It’s AMAZING!!! I can’t believe you were able to convey all the light and shadow and detailing so small! If that isn’t Jenna in every way, I don’t know what is.

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    1. aww you’re too sweet!! 🙂 i’m so glad you can see jenna – my eyes have been blinded in the process of making her XD it’s so assuring to know that others can recognize her though!
      thanks for stopping in and for the lovely comment :)) ❤ ❤ ❤
      power to the local dreamer ||-//

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    1. oooo which days are you thinking??
      my mom’s birthday is feb 9 and my brother’s is feb 19 … it would be so cool if the baby was born on one of those days!
      thank you so much christina! i had a lot of fun drawing it (even if there was a little frustration too 😉
      power to the local dreamer ||-//

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      1. Happy early birthday to your familyyy! My sister will be 19 on feb 20 (I think, I can never remember her birthday…)

        My guess was feb 3rd, and my mom’s was jan 30 but I feel like it will be later than both of our guesses…

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      1. It looks perfect that way! I imagine that if it were the other way you’d look at all the perceived flaws, and this way you can see how awesome what you did is! Coz’ it really is amazing…


  2. You know, if you think about it, I doubt Tyler will be able to completely disappear on hiatus again – he’s too proud of a father to not post about little Rosie

    Btw I meant to comment on this post earlier about how beautiful your art is but something came up while I was writing the comment and I forgot 😅 I really love it, and I can definitely see Jenna in it! So proud of you! Keep growing and blooming like the gorgeous flower you are 💛
    Power to the local dreamer ||-//

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    1. i agree! tyler better not go on hiatus or i’ll die of rosie-photo starvation. she is one of the most beautiful babies i’ve ever seen ❤
      and thank you so very much raven! i do the same thing all the time (read posts and comment much later XD). i'm so glad you can see jenna! that's enough for the time to be worth it :)) thanks for making my day with your lovely comment ❤ ❤ ❤
      power to the local dreamer ||-//

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