How to Draw a Realistic Basketball

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Drawing a realistic basketball means capturing all the little details of a real one on paper. Draw a realistic basketball with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Al Krakosky and I'm an artist. Today I'm going to show you how to draw a realistic basketball. We're going to start off with our circle. I would suggest starting with a light pencil. To get your, to get your outline of your, of your circle. And then once you have that, go over it with a darker pencil. Because it's going to be really hard to get the shape. The perfect circle shape. With one stroke. And if you start off with the dark pencil and you mess up, it's going to be harder to erase. So start with a light pencil, once you get it, go over it with a dark pencil. Once you have your circle shape. You'll draw a vertical line. Start at the center here. Come down to the bottom center, but we're going to curve in the middle. Curve down and meet at the point at the bottom. Like that. I'm going to do the same thing for a horizontal line. Curve down, and curve across. Meeting at your point. And once we have this, we're going to start at the top here and draw a curved line. And once we've reached this line, this vertical line. We're going to start curving up. And curve across. Then we're going to do the same thing for the bottom. Curve up, once you reach this line, curve down. And across. So after you have your lines in your circle, the next step is to add some texture. For this we're just going to add some dots. Going to add some dots throughout, a random amount of dots. To give that basketball texture. And the last step would be to add some shading. We're going to do some shading on this side. And one way to add shading which works well for this, is to do dots closer together. More dots, closer together, to give that dark shaded look. And the further down you get, make it a little bit wider. Until you reach the center. And once you've reached the center. Start thinning out, as you get back down. So that looks pretty good. And once you have that, you're basically done. You can add some motion lines, it's being thrown through the air. And that is it. That is how you draw a realistic basketball. Thank you for watching and keep on drawing.


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