drawn back in april. sort of an updated version of the "sakurai" hanami illustration i did in 2009 [link] -- or maybe this is the nighttime version?
no stock textures were used, everything was drawn and painted by hand. this is the picture i tweeted about a few months ago, mentioning my hand falling off...doing the petals was like machine gun fire on my tablet and caused visible wear to my pen nib!
at otakon this weekend, my friend *daisyein and i will be selling our first collab doujinshi! it's printed so we each have a "front" cover (halfway through, the book changes orientation, so there is no "back" to the book. you just flip it and go through the next artist's stuff!) this is my half's cover image. the things gisele is flinging are jellopy-shaped candies -- i always imagined jellopies being like little rock candies, or kompeito maybe.
you can find more info about, and photos of, the book on our still-rudimentary website: [link]