Not long before we headed out on tour, I was contacted by Brian to do a rush painting commission as a gift for his wife. He told me how he wanted the painting to look, and stressed how much she loves Japanese cherry blossoms.
For anyone who doesn’t know, I spent a semester in Japan studying a few years ago, and it was spectacular. I miss it and I hold a special fondness now for most things Japanese. Brian wanted a female figure in the painting, so I decided to loosely base her off my good friend Rise.
To start out, I did up a charcoal sketch and sent it off to Brian: