The inspiration behind this illustration is the Japanese festival Shichi Go San held in November. Girls ages 3 and 7 and boys ages 3 and 5 are dressed in traditional kimonos and hakamas. Participating children are then taken to temple to be blessed with long life.
At age 7, girls begin wearing an "obi" with their kimono rather than just the simple cords they wore with their kimonos prior to this age. An obi is a wide, decorative sash fastened in the back as a wide, flat bow.
This is My first submission to Illustration Friday .
I wanted to create something with very clean cut shapes and blocks of color that also had texture. I watched many cartoons while working, which helped me understand how to best make shadows and highlights without the full use of gradients.