Here's my submission for the Sakura Con mascot contest for the 2007 convention. I call it "Sakura 2006" since it was for the con and created this year (2006). I went with a race queen look as opposed to going with the typical "kimono" outfit. The baby in the cat suit was added at a later time cause I had a picture of my girl in a similar Halloween costume and I thought she would look like a good mascot for Sakura.
I used a tutorial from another Deviant artist named: augustc4. His style was real inspirational and gave me something different to try (most of my other pics were colored using an airbrush style).
The race queen was based off of a friend (and fellow Deviant: Jo-chan/Jolene-H). She complained at SDCC 2005 that there wasn't enough women in comics/anime/manga that have wavy hair!