Ganbaru (頑張る lit., stand firm), is a ubiquitous Japanese word which roughly means to slog on tenaciously through tough times.
The drawing above is charcoal and pastel on handmade paper created at my papermaking studio, Pulp & Deckle. It measures approx. 36" x 36" in size.
Hopefully now that I've started working on this series I'll have more momentum to keep it rolling. Stay tuned for the next word I'll be using so you can send me your corresponding selfies.