Every year, between the end of March and the beginning of May thousands of people go to Japan to experience Hanami (translated as ‘flower viewing’), commonly known as the Cherry Blossom Festival. Around this time, there are spectacular views of cherry blossoms all around the country. And if you happen to be in Japan or are about to go there, you can check one of the forecasts and guides to these places. But for those who are not so fortunate, hopefully you can enjoy this drawing 😉
This drawing took quite some time to complete and was done in two stages. The first stage involved drawing the bare tree, which was based on a photo I took during winter. The second stage involved drawing different tones and shapes of leaves and flowers, then combining them together to form bunches, and then placing these bunches all over the tree. Below are close-ups of two of the bunches.
The species of cherry blossom which is the subject of this drawing is called Kanzan. Unlike most other cherry blossom species, each Kanzan flower contains between 20-50 petals. This makes the drawing a bit challenging, so I only drew around 10 petals for each flower, not including the middle part which contains the stigma and stamens. Here are more detailed drawings of the flower,
and the leaves.