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How to Draw a Basketball

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Hi! Welcome to another drawing tutorial. Today, we are going to learn how to draw a basketball! More specifically, we are going to draw a basketball going into a hoop.

If you are familiar with the popular game, you’ll know that the objective of it is pretty straightforward: shoot a ball into a hoop to earn points and beat the other team.

Basketball is a great sport because of the minimal equipment required. Players don’t really need any additional gear—just some good shoes for jumping and running, a ball, and something for the hoop are the important components. The accessibility of basketball is part of the reason why it is so popular. In fact, in the early days, people just used a soccer ball for basketball games.

Normally, the game is played on a rectangular court, but the size will vary depending on the level you’re playing at. In the USA, professional basketball players use a 94 by 50 foot wide court. Each team can have five players on a court at any given time.

With all that said, let’s get to drawing a basketball!

How to Draw a basketball — Let’s get started!

Preview of basketball drawing

Materials:

a piece of paper
a pencil for the guiding lines and sketching
an eraser
a black sharpie or a pen for the outlines
markers or colored pencils for coloring
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Step 1 – Draw the backboard.

How to Draw a basketball - Step 1 – Draw the backboard.

Let’s start off by drawing the backboard, which allows players to bounce the ball into the hoop easier.

Draw a big rectangle that takes up nearly the whole page. Then, draw another smaller rectangle right inside. Great job!

Step 2  – Start drawing the hoop.

How to Draw a basketball - Step 2  – Start drawing the hoop.

We mentioned that the hoop is an essential part of the game, so let’s add it now!

Near the bottom of the backboard, draw a short and skinny rectangle. Next, draw two slanting lines for the outline of the net. Lastly, draw a zig-zag line to connect those. Your outline of the net should overlap the backboard a little bit. Look at the photo for help!

Step 3 – Finish the net. 

How to Draw a basketball - Step 3 – Finish the net. 

Let’s finish the basketball net in this step. Even though the professionals play with a net and our drawing will have one, it’s not entirely necessary. If you go to a court at a nearby park, you might not have a net, or it might be a different material such as small chains.

Anyways, let’s add that now. Draw four slanting lines in one direction, and then the other, forming a crosshatch pattern. Awesome!

Step 4  – Add the basketball!

How to Draw a basketball - Step 4  – Add the basketball!

We are going to draw the picture as if someone just shot the ball and it is about to go in the net. So, let’s add the basketball in mid-air right now!

On the right side of the backboard, draw a circle for the basketball. It should look like it is overlapping with the backboard.

Step 5 – Add detail to the basketball.

How to Draw a basketball - Step 5 – Add detail to the basketball.

This is a quick step. Simply draw a vertical curved line in the basketball. This is the first of several steps to form the pattern on a standard basketball. This pattern helps players get a grip on the ball as well as have accurate steering and aim.

Step 6 – Draw more detail to the ball.

How to Draw a basketball - Step 6 – Draw more detail to the ball.

Once again, add a line to your basketball. Draw another curved line, this time spanning horizontally across the ball. Your ball should start having the illusion of being a sphere because of these lines. Good job!

Step 7Keep filling in the ball’s pattern.

How to Draw a basketball - Step 7 – Keep filling in the ball’s pattern.

Draw another curved line above the one you just drew in Step 6. It should be a little bit more curved and shorter this time. Check out the photo!

Step 8 – Continue adding detail to the basketball.

How to Draw a basketball - Step 8 – Continue adding detail to the basketball.

Next, add one more line, this time towards the bottom of the ball. This one should be curved too, but in the opposite direction.

Good job! This completes the ball’s pattern.

Step 9 – Add detail to the backboard.

How to Draw a basketball - Step 9 – Add detail to the backboard.

Let’s move back to the backboard for this step.

Oftentimes, backboards have a smaller box painted onto them so players can have even better aim and accuracy. Let’s add that square now.

Right above the next, draw a square. It should be slightly cut off by the basketball. Draw another rectangle right inside it. Check out the photo. Awesome job! Just one more step.

Step 10 – Color in your basketball!

How to Draw a basketball - Step 10 – Color in your basketball!

Awesome, you’ve made it to the last step—coloring! Find some colors and fill in your picture. Often, basketballs are orange, but you can make it your own. Fill in the rest of the picture, too!

Pin it now, Draw later!

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Yay! You’ve finished our ten-step basketball tutorial. If you want to do more tutorials like this one, explore our site, because we have tons! There are many animal, plant, and food-themed drawings to find.

Make sure to share your drawing with your friends and family! Maybe they’d like to do this tutorial, too, or one of the others on our site.

Thanks for following along—until next time!

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