Step-by-step Japanese Cherry Blossoms

Here is a step-by-step process I took when drawing this bespoke artwork commission for a fundraising auction.  I began by drawing the outline of the subject and gradually built up the mid-tones of white and grey throughout the petals.  Without giving away too many secrets of an artist, as I went along I added in the background which helped me to decide on the tonal factors for the rest of the detail.

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Where do you start?
Where do you start?

Sketched outline of subject, working from left-hand side

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step 2
step 2

Built up background as well as foreground

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step 3
step 3

Filled in same colour in other petals, added to background

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step 4
step 4

Added more detail

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step 5
step 5

More detail and background

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step 6
step 6

Finished underlayer of background

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step 7
step 7

Added butterfly detail

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Final touches
Final touches

Added highlights/dark detail to create depth, intensified background.

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