What is Sakura?
Sakura is the Japanese word for cherry blossoms that bloom on cherry blossom trees. Every spring in Japan, people celebrate the beautiful and short-lived nature of Sakura blooms. They represent the fleeting beauty of life, which can inspire artists to create beautiful art. Now, let’s begin drawing Sakura.
To start with drawing Sakura, you need a few essential art materials. They include paper, a mechanical pencil, an eraser, a ruler, and colored pencils or markers.
Sketching the Basic Shapes
First, start with drawing a horizontal line with a ruler to create a horizon line. Then, draw a circle or an oval shape in the middle of the paper, representing the cherry blossom. After drawing a basic ellipse and a small circle in the middle of the blossom. Then, draw the branches sprouting out of the circle.
Next, add the details to the Sakura blossom. Start by drawing alternating small and long lines outside of the blossom circle, representing the petals. Then, add shading to the edges of each petal with lighter colored pencils or markers to give a 3D look. Then draw a small circle in the middle of the blossom and add dots all around it.
Then add details to the branches by creating thin lines that make up the stems. Add thinner branches that sprout off the main stem. When finishing lines, draw small lines representing buds popping off the branches.
Coloring the Sakura
Once the line drawing is completed, time to add colors. Sakura petals come in different shades, depending on the type of tree. Decide on the colors that you’d like to use for the petals. Using colored pencils or markers, apply each color, mixing them together as you apply so that the petals have a gradient.
After applying the colors to the Sakura petals, the next step is shading. The shading should be done in the darker areas of the petals and not all over the place. For a natural look, the shading should appear to fade and blend into the rest of the petal.
When the Sakura tree is finished, create a background. You could add buildings or other trees. For some contrast, make the background obviously lighter or darker.
After completing the Sakura and background, add final touches such as highlights and shadows to complete the drawing.
Here are some common mistakes that beginners should avoid:
- Over detailing by adding too many branches and petals.
- Making the blossom too cartoonish or unrealistic.
- Applying too much shading and color, making the drawing look overworked.
Tips to Improve
Here are some tips to create better Sakura drawings:
- Look at references for inspiration on how to create a realistic Sakura blossom.
- Practice regularly to improve your drawing skills.
- Avoid comparing your drawing with others and focus on your own progress.
Drawing Sakura is a beautiful and rewarding experience. With the right techniques, materials, and dedication, you can create beautiful and lifelike drawings of Sakura trees and blossoms. Take your time, practice regularly, and enjoy the process.
FAQs About Sakura Drawing
Q1. Where can I get references for drawing Sakura blossoms?
A1. You could find references online or visit botanical gardens or parks to see cherry blossom trees in person.
Q2. What kind of paper should I use to draw Sakura?
A2. You can use any paper that feels comfortable for you, but it is recommended to use a heavyweight paper.
Q3. What kind of colored pencils or markers should I use for Sakura drawing?
A3. You can use any brand of colored pencils or markers. It is essential to use a variety of colors to create a gradient effect.
Q4. Is it necessary to add a background to Sakura drawing?
A4. No, it is not necessary, but adding a background can make the drawing more visually appealing.
Q5. Can I use a pen instead of a pencil for Sakura drawing?
A5. Yes, you can use a pen, but it is suggested to use a mechanical pencil so that you can erase mistakes if necessary.
Q6. How long will it take me to draw a Sakura blossom realistically?
A6. It depends on your skill level and how detailed you want your drawing to be. Be patient, take your time, and enjoy the process.