This is a painting that I meant to paint last year. Actually, it was the first painting I planned on painting in Takefu, after seeing the summer festival fireworks last Obon vacation. I ended up sketching it, but never got around to painting it, as I was focusing in digital paintings. I finally got around to it — I did it in gouache rather than digital, and I was floored by how quickly I did it. I had forgotten how much extra time it takes me to do digital rather than traditional paintings… and of course by how fast gouache is compared to oil. The whole thing probably took me 3 or 4 hours to do, and it was super fun. The downside to gouache, though, is that if it get so much as slightly wet, the image will be ruined… and also that the scan doesn’t look half as good as the real painting.
I’m giving it to Hitomi’s dad, since the first time I met him he jokingly demanded that I paint him something. Plus he said he’d trade me his daughter for a painting. Nice. I had been working on an oil for him, but this one turned out so much better than the other one.