Friday, May 23, 2014

Japanese Cherry Blossoms

My latest sketch is inspired by all of the cherry blossoms in bloom during the spring months.
I've often wanted to travel to Japan for their Cherry Blossom Festival, but apparently I can travel to a much closer location in Macon, GA. How many times have I traveled through Macon on my way to North Carolina and never knew that it's considered the 'Cherry Blossom Capital of the World"? It's home to approx. 300,000 cherry blossom trees!! I had no idea!

Anyway, all of the photos on Facebook of these various festivals is what inspired this 'Sketch-of-the-Day'. It's just a basic pencil drawing on paper, but I added some color to the cherry blossoms in my computer just for fun. I sort of like this monochromatic look. This pencil drawing is far more detailed and realistic than my usual sketches, but I was really enjoying just building the layers of shadows.

What do you think?

Are any of you from a place that has it's own cherry blossom festival? What sorts of activities do they have for you to do? What are some of your favorite spring blooming flowers?


  1. I like the graphite sketch with the surprise of the pink blossoms. I was recently in Washington DC for the Cherry Blossom Festival there - it was so beautiful and your drawing is a fitting tribute!

  2. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, Susan. I'll bet being able to see all of those cherry blossoms in bloom was quite the awe inspiring experience! I have not had the opportunity to see this in person but it's definitely on my bucket list. It looks amazing!