Learn how to draw a great looking 3D Sphere with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial. You can now easily create a beautiful 3D Sphere drawing.
“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.
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.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a 3D Sphere
3D Sphere Drawing - Step 1
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
2. Draw a large circle overlapping the trapezoid shape, erasing as necessary. This circle will become the sphere itself.
3D Sphere Drawing - Step 3
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
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
5. Draw another long curved line across the circle.
3D Sphere Drawing - Step 6
6. Draw another long curved line across the front of the circle.
3D Sphere Drawing - Step 7
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
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
9. Draw two more vertical curved lines across the circle.
Complete 3D Sphere Drawing
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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