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How to Draw a 3D Sphere

Easy, step by step 3D Sphere drawing tutorial
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“A hidden spark of the dream sleeps
In the forest and waits
In the celestial spheres of the brain.”
― Dejan Stojanovic, Circling: 1978-1987

Creating 3D effects is a popular drawing technique. You can make your pictures and cartoons come to life when you employ lines, angles, and shading to trick the eye.

Today, we'll show you how to draw a 3D sphere. What is a sphere? Basically, a sphere is a ball.

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Where a two-dimensional circle is composed of a line on which all points are the same distance from its center, a sphere's points are likewise equidistant from its middle - but on three possible planes.

This 3D sphere drawing tutorial uses ovals and curved lines to trick the mind into thinking that the flat circle is in fact round.

You can use the skills you learn to add dimension to many types of drawings. For example, learn how to draw a 3D hole or an impossible geometric shape.

Consideration of circles and spheres is an ancient one. For example, many people in the ancient world believed that the Earth was flat.

Around 732 B.C.E., the Bible writer Isaiah spoke of "the circle of the earth" (Isaiah 40:22). Later, Pythagoras (circa 570 to 495 B.C.E.) and Parmenides (500s to 400 B.C.E.) included the roundness of the planet in their philosophies.

Photos of the Earth taken from the Apollo space missions in the 1960s allowed viewers to see for themselves its spherical shape.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: 3D Hole, Impossible Hexagon, and Impossible Triangle.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a 3D Sphere

3D Sphere drawing - step 1
How to Draw a 3D Sphere Step 01

1. Begin by drawing three straight lines. The longest is horizontal, with diagonal lines extending downward from each end. The lines should partially outline a trapezoid shape. This begins the base or stand that supports the sphere.

3D Sphere drawing - step 2
How to Draw a 3D Sphere Step 02

2. Draw a large circle overlapping the trapezoid shape, erasing as necessary. This circle will become the sphere itself.

3D Sphere drawing - step 3
How to Draw a 3D Sphere Step 03

3. Begin applying the contours that will trick the eye into seeing the circle as a three-dimensional shape. Draw a small oval near the top of the circle, at its pole.

3D Sphere drawing - step 4
How to Draw a 3D Sphere Step 04

4. Draw a latitudinal curved line near the top of the circle, below the oval. This line also appears to enclose a partial oval shape.

3D Sphere drawing - step 5
How to Draw a 3D Sphere Step 05

5. Draw another long curved line across the circle.

3D Sphere drawing - step 6
How to Draw a 3D Sphere Step 06

6. Draw another long curved line across the front of the circle.

3D Sphere drawing - step 7
How to Draw a 3D Sphere Step 07

7. Draw a final horizontal curved line near the bottom of the circle. Draw two short curved lines from the sides of the circle to the interior of the small oval.

3D Sphere drawing - step 8
How to Draw a 3D Sphere Step 08

8. Next, begin drawing longitudinal curved lines. These span from the bottom of the circle to the top and meet the short curved lines drawn in the previous step.

3D Sphere drawing - step 9
How to Draw a 3D Sphere Step 09

9. Draw two more vertical curved lines across the circle.

Complete 3D Sphere drawing
How to Draw a 3D Sphere Step 10

Shade your cartoon sphere. Notice how the shading in our illustration further enhances the three-dimensional effect. The color is lightest at a point near the top of the circle and grows darker in circular rings. This gives the effect of a point of light shining on the round object.

You can turn this sphere into a globe! Learn how to draw a cartoon Earth.

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How to draw: 3D Sphere - all drawing steps
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