With this image I was shooting for all warm tones, with splashes of light in the center to direct attention there. I love the use of strong shadows as it gives character to the illustration.
This particular image is comprised of a simple wood material that has been bumped and extruded heavily, as well as displaced along an image path to create the blossoming effect. It is not cut and dry work, but as always a work of experimental art, which I graduated from Cal Arts, Disney's school, to excel in.
I love most artforms, but find it more satisfying on my part to do it digitally, though I am quite capable of going the physical route as well. Just don't prefer getting my hands dirty. :)