How to Draw a Soccer Ball

Three Methods:A Simple Soccer BallA Cartoon Soccer BallA Traditional Soccer Ball

Soccer balls are fun to play with, but can be unfamiliar to draw. The traditional soccer ball is made from two flat shapes, pentagons and hexagons. A pentagon, of course, is a five sided polygon, while a hexagon has six sides. The instructions here will help you to understand how a soccer ball looks so you can draw one. Let's begin!

Method 1
A Simple Soccer Ball

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    Draw a circle.
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    Draw perpendicular lines bisecting each other at the centre.
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    Draw a modest-sized hexagon at the centre of the circle to form the first guide to the shape of the ball.
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    Join further slightly squeezed hexagons from three alternate sides of the hexagon.
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    Fill the gaps with lines meeting on the perpendicular lines to form three pentagons.
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    Attach nine small joining lines to complete the guides to form the shapes of the ball.
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    Based on the guides, draw curved lines to enhance the realistic shapes of the sphere.
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    Clean-up all earlier guides.
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    Color the ball applying shades and a drop-shadows.

Method 2
A Cartoon Soccer Ball

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    Create a circle.
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    Make two hexagons and a pentagon on three corners of the ball.
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    Start joining more shapes to the earlier shapes.
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    Complete drawing all shapes of the ball joining each other.
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    Make a couple of overlapping ovals at the top of the circle to form the shapes of the eyes.
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    Insert a smaller oval each inside the above made eyes to form the eye-balls.
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    Draw a smile of the ball-character at the base of the ball below the eyes.
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    Make three vertical lines within the shape of the smiling mouth joining the top and bottom edges to form the teeth.
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    Draw a couple of paddle-shapes to create the feet of the ball-character detached from the circle.
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    Join a couple of tube-like shapes on each side of the ball to form the arms of the character.
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    Add further lines to the tubes to indicate the hands.
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    Complete the drawing of the gloved fists.
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    Join further regular-shaped tubes joining the bottom of the ball to the paddle-feet to form the legs of the character.
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    Add eye-brows on top of the eyes slightly edging out of the circle and spikes on the shoes with a line for the soles as well.
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    Add the shoe-laces and color the ball-cartoon.

Method 3
A Traditional Soccer Ball

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    Draw a circle.
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    Create a pentagon with an inclined axis at the centre of the circle.
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    Draw five straight lines from the five vertices of the pentagon.
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    Join a couple of lines each from the five earlier lines drawn.
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    Join the five open edges to complete the shapes.
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    Join short lines to edges of the circumference to complete forming all the lines of the soccer-ball.
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    Color the soccer-ball.

Tips

  • Draw large figures. Small ones will look unrealistic and misplaced.
  • It may take you a few tries to get this right, as it is not mathematically possible to draw a perfect soccer ball.
  • Traditional soccer balls have black pentagons and white hexagons, but you can mix up the styles and colors for your own unique design.
  • Sketch the lines out freehand to make it look better and more realistic.
  • It is really stressful to try to make a perfect soccer ball. Remember to do it slowly and take deep breaths.
  • Don't rush!!! Take your time, and it WILL be worth it!
  • A good way to shade is to lightly shade in your shadowed area with pencil, and then use your pinky finger to smooth out the color.

Warnings

  • Don't draw darkly at first, just sketch it out your first try. You can fill out the lines after you finish.
  • Avoid drawing the shapes too small; they should take up a good amount of space on the ball.
  • Be sure that you aren't smudging your drawing.
  • Don't make the pentagon too big or else the soccer ball won't look good
  • If you are finished and it is so not perfect give it another go!

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Drawing utensil (Black pen, pencil, marker, etc.)
  • Eraser (for pencils)

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