Just opened up a new site the other day! Sakura Maple will offer art & design tutorials themed around anime and manga. I’ve always wanted to be involved with such a project, and now that I’m able to give it the attention it needs to thrive, I want to go for it!
Here’s the icon design I created! It combines a cherry blossom (Sakura) with a maple leaf. And will probably be used as part of a word-mark and site favicon.
Cherry blossoms are instantly recognizable within the overall manga and anime fandom because of their connection to Japan—the birthplace of that aesthetic and experience. Maple leaves are a little piece of Canadian culture and aesthetic. The two together are a fusion of myself and what I love.