I was revisiting Hikaru no Go to study some of Obata sensei's paneling techniques, but I ended up getting so absorbed that I spent two whole days re-reading the manga from start to finish... This was probably my 3rd or 4th time reading it, but the story telling was so good that I still ended up in tears. After that, I was so filled with emotions that I couldn't focus on anything else. "orz I figured that a fan art was the only way to let everything out.
This picture took very minimal planning and wasn't challenging to paint. I was listening to the anime's OST as I was sketching it and was literally crying. I couldn't think at all.
Obviously, Sai was my favourite character of the series... He lives in both Hikaru's Go and my heart. T__T
Tools used: SAI (<--had to use this program for its name) with Wacom Intuos3 tablet
Time taken: ~15 hours