The idea for this illustration was simple but I had a few difficulties executing it. The girl and her guitar went smoothly but I hadn't fully thought out what I wanted in the background until I had already finished drawing her. I drew a few ideas that I was never really happy with but then I came across some pictures of blues clubs/lounges. This is when I decided that I wanted a floating image of buildings with prominent signage on them. The smoke and the hot, summer sun were afterthoughts that helped to complete the image.