how to draw a ball

How to Draw a Ball

Step 1.

Before we begin this lesson, I would like to show you the many ways to add “motion” to your ball. Drawing balls can be very easy; all it is a simple circle. But if you really think about it, what's good of a ball without any type of showing “visual motion”? Here are a few examples of the different ways to make your ball “pop” and have some kind of exciting motion. These sketchy looking lines that are trailing behind the balls, give them a sense of swift motion. It also shows where it stands between gravity and inertia. Add these trails to areas where your ball is heading. It's very important to have some type of artistic indication of acceleration.

Step 2.

Start off with a simple circle for the base of the ball. No matter what view your viewing a ball, it will always appear a perfect circle. A cool trick to make a perfect circle is by using a compass or by hand. Take a pencil and place it directly in the center of the paper. Turn the paper clockwise slowly until the pencil creates a perfect circle. You must keep the pencil steady at all times in order to create this effect.

Step 3.

Finish off the ball with any type of design. Here I have a basketball design for this particular object. You could probably add some tribal tattoos or some kind of cartoon face. Mix and match different styles and see what you come up with.

Step 4.

Here the lineart bestows upon your presence. As you can see, it can be very easy to draw a ball. It is simply a circle with some artistic indication of movement. Like I said in Step 1, adding speed lines really make a ball bleed through it's movement and acceleration. I have to go now, I'll be submitting more lessons on cool objects later on!

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Uploaded: August 26, 2010
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 4
Updated: August 26, 2010
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Artist comments

This is a quick lesson that will teach you "how to draw a ball". I know, I know, who the heck doesn’t know how to draw a ball right? Well, to tell you the truth there are many balls that folks don’t know how to draw, and a basketball is one of them. What makes drawing a ball so hard, nothing really. I mean it really depends on what type of ball you want to create. There are soccer balls, baseballs, footballs, beach balls, tennis balls, big balls, small balls, and all sorts of other balls. One thing to keep in mind is, each one of these plastic or pig skinned toys or sporting accessories, have different textures, shapes, and design patterns. Take a soccer ball for instance, there is a bunch of octagon patterns that make up this balls design. Baseballs have a stitched line that flows around the whole make-up, and a football is lined or ribbed with stripes that are strategically placed for the football layers fingers. These stripes help a player throw the ball properly. Anyway, you will have fun learning "how to draw balls". Be sure to add some pattern of your choice. Peace out people, and be sure to join me tomorrow for more drawing fun.