This time we will introduce you how to create the cherry blossom illustration which is different from the previous tutorial How to Create Cherry Blossoms in Illustrator without Using Pen Tool.
You can use different shapes and colors for a cherry blossom illustration. The cherry blossom illustration in this tutorial seems standard at the first glance. However, if you look closely, you can see there is another flower in the middle of the stamen.
It is just a little thing, but just by this bit of fiddling, a cute illustration is finished. Let’s try making this quickly using a function in Illustrator.
First, draw a slightly circular ellipse without fill or outline.
Here, the outcome of the cherry blossom would be different since what we are going to create is a smaller and rounder cherry blossom. The petals would look cuter when they are drawn wider.
Like in the picture above, apply ［Add anchor point］twice so that two anchor points are added to the illustration.
Lower the top anchor point like in the example above using [Direct Selection Tool]
The illustration looks more like a flower petal, doesn’t it?
Though it already looks sufficiently like a flower petal, this time I would like to make the flower petal tip pointed.
Using 「Anchor point conversion tool」, please click the top two left and right points like in the picture and make them pointed.
For those who find it fine like this, this step can be skipped.
Turn and copy the flower petal to make a cherry blossom.
Select the flower petal with [Selection Tool]. Select [Rotate Tool]. ＜Alt+Click＞ on the lowest anchor point of the petal. Then apply the setting like the picture above. <Ctrl+D> three times.
With that, I think it has become the shape of a cherry blossom.
Currently the petals are split into five. Combine them into one using [Shape Mode].
After selecting all 5 flower petals, click 「Combine」 like in the above picture and make it into 1 path.
Make the stamens using the 「Ellipse tool」 and the 「Rounded rectangle tool」
While looking at the cherry blossom made in Step06, please coordinate the size.
First, [Group] the stamens.
After selecting all the stamens made in step07, ［Right click→Group］. For the rotate and copy technique, please refer to step05.
Using 「Shape mode」, make a flower in the middle of the stamen.
After selecting all the stamens, please click 「Middle window」 like in the above picture.With that, the flower in the middle of the stamen is finished.
Like in the example above, place the stamen in the middle of the cherry blossom.
Now the illustration is completed.
We have created the cute cherry blossom illustration with a flower inside of the stamen.
We used a small trick in Illustrator.
By changing the shape of the petal and the tip or by changing the colour, it is possible to make a cherry blossom with a different impression, so please try to make a variety of cherry blossom illustrations.