Adobe Illustrator with Wacom Tablet
This illustration is an entry for the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival poster contest. The inspiration for this design is the festival's theme - kokoro (heart) - presented in a way that most people present the symbol to others: through our hands. Hand hearts are a universal symbol of our love, appreciation and acceptance towards others, and emphasis wanted to be put on the tagline of the festival, "One Blossom, One Community, One Heart" through that. A notable element of the design that presents acceptance is the one arm adorned by a yukata sleeve; it is a hope that this would represent the celebration of the Japanese culture with people from all cultures and backgrounds (this also being shown with the dark to light gradient of the other arm, meaning to represent those of all cultures through skin color). There's also the addition of the idea of the "red string of fate" that connects the two arms to also represent the sense of togetherness that the Cherry Blossom Festival brings.