The commissioned paintings are often paintings of dogs, cats, and people that Shigeru Tanaka draws by hand. Tanaka began painting for other people when a classmate asked him to draw a drawing of Papi (a dog who died two years ago). At that moment the dog's owner had a photo that was not very good. "Do you like that photo?" Tanaka asked him. His friend timidly responded: "Actually, I think it would be better if you painted it, I would like you to paint it."
Later, when the classmate came to pick up the painting, he burst into tears and said, "I'm so glad I asked you to do it." When Tanaka saw his friend's happy face, Tanaka thought, "Maybe it would be a good idea to draw for others." And that's how it all began.