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How to Draw a Basketball

Learn how to draw a basketball with an easy step by step tutorial. It’s a good lesson in how you can use line and shape and form to make a realistic drawing.

How to Draw a Basketball
Finished Basketball Drawing

A basketball drawing project sounds simple, but it can also include a good lesson that teaches a few things about key Elements of Art.

Much in the way that a round pumpkin can start to look dimensional when lines are added, a basketball starts to take shape too when its trademark black lines are drawn in. A plain flat circle will get some instant dimension if students draw the lines as shown, which are easy to do with a little help from this example.

In that way, LINES are added to a circle SHAPE, to make them look like they have FORM. I personally concentrated on just my black lines and bright orange color for my sample drawing, but students that wish to add even more of a 3D look could add some shadows too.

How to Draw a Basketball
Preview of step by step Basketball drawing tutorial

MATERIALS

DIRECTIONS

Time needed: 25 minutes.

How to Draw a Basketball

  1. Draw or trace a large circle

  2. Add a curved line as shown

  3. Draw another curved line to make an X.

  4. Add a kind of U shape on top

  5. Draw an upside down U below.

  6. Make the first line thicker.

  7. Add same thickness to the next.

  8. Add same thickness to the rest.

  9. Trace with a marker. Color ball with a
    yellowish orange, cover with orange

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