We looked through the photographs we had taken that day and thought hard about how best to capture what we had seen. As we zoomed in, the prettiness seemed only to intensify. What struck us the most was the intricacy of the branches from which the cherries were hanging. We tried to capture this by playing with stroke sizes and color intensities. Once we had a basis from which to develop our branches, we started with creating the cherries. We were careful not to create them to perfect looking, even though opting for a simple oval shape would have made life much simpler. Rather, we set about sketching by hand until we had several shapes with which we felt comfortable.
The leaves were complicated to say the least. We had observed considerable variations in leaf forms, something that we wanted to bring to our print. However, to achieve this required considerable experimentation with shading, placement and detail. After countless iterations, we finally produced a set of leaves which we were happy captured all elements we felt were important. We finally had the ingredients for constructing our representation of that charming cherry tree.