This is a paperback cover piece for the novel titled Our Family
, written by Kazumasa Hayami. I was asked to come up with an image of a living room without any people present in the scene. I was also asked to add some finished dishes being left on the table. The request was so specific and straight forward that I didn't need to read the manuscript (it was kind of a rush too). The story is basically about a family whose members are feeling apart of each other.
Doing a rough sketch, I looked for some good reference pictures as it could be very hard to make up a living room with certain credibility. I remembered that I took a couple of photos of a living room when I visited my parent's house last summer. I decided to use one of them, and these are the photos.