This time, I will introduce a method for drawing simple cherry blossoms on Illustrator without using the pen tool. They are very simple cherry blossoms, but the appearance is lovely, and isn’t that fine for illustrations and scenery?
I think there are many people who say, “I’m no good at using the pen tool!!” However, it is possible even without using the pen tool to make beautiful appearances depending on the idea.
The rough flow of the work is completed by drawing 1 cherry blossom petal and then copy-and-pasting a rotated version of that petal.
After making 1 cherry blossom petal, you are eighty per cent done. Then, first, let’s look at how to make that 1 cherry blossom petal. Because it is very simple, by all means, try this!
Using the ellipse tool, draw an appropriately sized ellipse. Choose pink for the colour. Because this ellipse will become the model for the cherry blossom petal, let’s make the cherry blossom petal the size that you imagine it should be.
Cut the flower petal tip.
First, use the polygon tool to draw an appropriately sized triangle, adjust the triangle’s angles with the rotation tool, and overlap it with the ellipse as in the picture above.
Using the selection tool, select both the triangle and the ellipse, and click cut out the highlighted objects on the pathfinder panel. Once you do that, the ellipse in the background will have the triangle in the foreground cut out, and will have a shape like the one to the right.
It looks considerably like a cherry blossom petal, doesn’t it?
Though it looks considerably like a cherry blossom petal, let’s do a bit more fiddling. Taper the part of the flower petal which it originates from.
Using the direct selection tool, choose the anchor point for the bottom part of the cherry blossom petal (the round part). (The selected anchor point will change from a white circle to a black circle.)
Select the anchor point exchange tool, and click the anchor point you selected before. When you do, the flower petal’s shape will change from a slightly round form to a form with a pointed end
Now, it has become considerably more like a cherry blossom petal, hasn’t it? All that’s left is to copy, paste and turn the flower petal.
Copy the finished cherry blossom petal, and using the reflect tool, turn it around and arrange it like in the picture to the top left. Make the 2 objects into a group. (Select the 2 flower petals, right click→group.)
Click [Effect→Transform path→Transform].
Set it to rotate 45 degrees and copy 3 times, then click OK.
Finally, select the flower petal, click [Object→Divide appearance], and it is complete.
The simple cherry blossom is completed!
If you arrange an elliptical shape and a cut-out shape, and try changing the copy and rotate numbers, you can make even more different cherry blossoms.
For those who are eager to try more difficult design, please refer to How to Create Cherry Blossom in Illustrator, so you could take a look at that in combination with this one.