How to Draw Cherry Blossoms Step by Step

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How to Draw Cherry Blossoms Step by Step
Learn how to draw a cherry blossom. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Each spring, around late March and early April, Washington D.C. comes alive with a burst of fragrant pink blooms. Thousands of people come from across the country to enjoy the blossoms of the Yoshino cherry trees as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. If you share a love for these beautiful blooms, you don't have to travel to Washington, D.C. to enjoy them. You can plant a cherry tree on your property or learn how to draw them. Hang the drawing in your home as a celebration of the trees and your creativity.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Art paper or sketching notepad
  • Coloured pencils
  • Eraser

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  1. 1

    Sketch a light circle in the centre of a piece of art paper with an art, or light pink coloured pencil. Draw a smaller circle inside of the first one.

  2. 2

    Add about eight, short curved lines coming out of the small centre circle to represent pollen stems in the centre of the bloom.

  3. 3

    Draw five equidistant curved lines around the perimeter of the large circle to form the base of each long, thick petal; these lines form the middle line of each petal. Use an eraser throughout to correct any mistakes, as needed.

  4. 4

    Sketch five lines starting at the centre circle in between the five lines you drew around the outside circle to form petal bases. Think of the shape of each petal as a windmill to help you draw the correct shape. Make the second set of lines narrow at the base and wider as they emanate outward.

  5. 5

    Fill in the centre circle and the pollen stems. Make the pollen stem lines thicker with two small petal shapes at the end to form the pollen buds. Shade these lightly with a deep pink coloured pencil.

  6. 6

    Fill out the petals so that you have five finished petals which are wide at the tip and narrow at the base, near the pollen buds. Shade the outer edges of each petal lightly with a light red or deep pink coloured pencil.

  7. 7

    Colour over the outside lines and frame of the flower in a deep pink coloured pencil with thick, dark lines. Fill in the rest of the flower with a light pink pencil.

  8. 8

    Add highlights to the tips of the petals with a white pencil.

  9. 9

    Add yellow and orange to the pollen buds.

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