Manga images are often filled with flowers. Many times these represent inner emotions of characters or serve to simply add a haunting aesthetic quality to the picture. Perhaps the most often used and enigmatic Manga flower is the cherry blossom, or the sakura, as it is known in Japan. This article will teach you to use simple, basic shapes and create your own image of the beautiful cherry blossom.
Begin by drawing the petals of the cherry blossom. For the two blossoms facing you, draw five large overlapping ovals. You will erase the overlap later, and this technique will ensure a realistic looking flower. For the background flower draw thinner overlapping ovals on the left and right sides.
Add the pollen stems to the flowers. Draw several small lines coming from the centre of the two front flowers. Add a tiny circle to the tip of each line.
Erase the overlapping lines of the petals. Choose the petals you would like in the forefront, and erase the line inside of it.
Add dips to the petals at the tip of each blossom petal. Cherry blossoms naturally have this dip inside each petal, and this will add realism.
Ink the entire drawing. Let the ink dry. Erase all of the pencil. You may, if you wish, colour the cherry blossoms. Use light pinks and faint reds for the flowers. For the pollen stems and the flower stems use golden hues. Now you have your own cherry blossoms. These are the perfect flower for any Manga and will fit right in.
You can use the overlapping technique on many organic shapes such as petals and leaves to achieve a natural effect.