Marcos Chin for The Washington Post

Marcos was commissioned to create this piece for the Washington Post in celebration of D.C.’s 100th Anniversary of the Cherry Blossom Festival.

His thoughts on the assignment: “I knew from the onset, that i wanted to focus on the cherry blossoms themselves, and have the flowers be the central focus of the piece because they are so beautiful. However, I didn’t anticipate how dense the blossoms would be. But as I continued to draw, I became lost in my process;  the repetition of the petals and saturation of pink started to move towards a kind abstraction which I liked, and which client liked as well.  Afterwards, Tan Ly suggested that I illustrate the keys below the main piece in order to affect the overall design of the page. Together the keys traced the history of how the Cherry Blossoms were brought from Japan to Washington D.C., and so focusing on the blossoms again, I chose to use the flower as a thread to build cohesiveness from one key to the other. It begins with Mount Fuji as the backdrop, an iconic symbol of Japan – the petals moving from left to right, until it finally settles onto one single tree in front of Washington’s Capital building.”

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