This illustration features Kaiba from Yu-gi-oh! Duel Monsters, though it may be hard to tell because he is wearing neither his normal clothes nor expression.

I sketched this in my sketchbook on April 16th, 2016 (I’m so happy I actually wrote down the date on my art for once), and redrew it digitally the next year. Something interesting to note about this piece is that it was a double challenge:

  1. I wanted to challenge myself to color using a different palette, but without using layer modes too much. Although I did use some layer modes in the touch-up process, I’m happy with the result!
  2. I wanted to try painting cherry blossoms properly (as opposed to “blobbing” them on the branches). Praise God for giving me the patience! I tried to go in small sections so I wouldn’t get overwhelmed.

So why did I stick Kaiba with flowers in the first place? Watch the video below to find out:

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