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How to Draw Murakami Flowers

Updated: Apr 5

Artists of Any Age Can Make This Cool Art!

About the Artist: Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami is a famous Japanese contemporary artist. You may have seen his work in collaborations with famous celebrities and brands like Kanye West, Louis Vuitton, Pharrell, Vogue, and more. He's known for his super fun characters, bright colors, and anime-like style. One thing you'll see a lot in his work is flowers that have big, bright smiles on their faces. Today we're going to show you how you can draw them, too!


What You'll Need

- White paper

- Sharpie

- Colored pencils


Step 1: Draw the Face

Your drawing is your own, so you can decide how many flowers you want to draw, how big they are, and where they are on your paper. To start, draw a circle for the face of the flower.


Next, let's draw the mouth! The mouth is open in smiling. Start inside the circle and make a flat rainbow curve sort of through the middle. Then draw a big curve connecting the two edges underneath and ta-da! You've got the smile done.


Next, we'll draw the eyes. The eyes are two ovals above the mouth that are a little bit tilted in. They don't touch the circle or mouth. The eyes in Murakami's art do not have pupils, but they do have two highlights. To draw highlights, draw a long oval inside the eye that touches the top, and a round circle on the bottom of the eye inside. Then, fill in between the circles and you've got your face done!


Step 2: Draw the Petals

First, we'll draw all the lines and then connect them to make the petals. It'll look like a sunburst at first, but once we're done you'll see all the petals are actually pretty easy. First, draw two lines coming out of the face that look like antennae slightly tilted out. You want them to be about as long as half of the face. Then, do the same thing on the bottom. Make sure they're spread apart the same amount as on top. Then, do the same thing on the sides as well!

Once you have 8 lines, we're going to four more lines. Fit a line between the big gaps on the diagonals of the face. Now, you should have 12 lines. Once you have all your lines done, connect them with a rainbow curve.


Step 3: Add Some Color!

You can color your flower however you want, so make it your own! If you want to do it Murakami style, he loves to alternate colors. That means there's a pattern of one petal is one color, and the next one is different, like pink, yellow, pink, yellow. Murakami also loved to use bright colors, rainbows, and super fun patterns in his petals, so make it your own and go for it! If you want, you can also draw lots of Murakami style flowers and make them look like a collage.


The Final Product!

And Remember... Keep Making Cool Art!


BTW... Want to make a sculpture like this? Check out our tutorial on How to Make Takashi Murakami Flower Sculptures!

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