How to Draw a Poke Ball

Easy, step by step Poke Ball drawing tutorial
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The Poké Ball is the primary symbol of the Pokémon gaming franchise. What is a Poké Ball? Poké Balls are essential to every Pokémon trainer's quest. They are used for catching and storing Pokémon.

Generally, a trainer must first weaken a wild Pokémon by battling with it prior to capturing it in a Poké Ball. Up to six Pokémon can be carried by a trainer; their Poké Balls are usually clipped to his or her belt.

There are a number of different types of Poké Ball. In fact, at least 27 types have been used in the Pokémon series. Poké Balls are made from Apricorns, a type of fruit that grows in the Johto region of the Pokémon universe.

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Certain Poké Balls, such as the Great Ball, Ultra Ball, and Master Ball, decrease the likelihood that a captured Pokémon will escape.

Other Poké Balls are designed to collect specific types of Pokémon. For example, extremely large or heavy Pokémon may break free from a standard Poké Ball, so a Heavy Ball is used instead.

Did you know? In Japanese, the word for Poké Ball literally means "monster ball." In Japanese, the Pokémon themselves are referred to as "pocket monsters."

When Pokémon are drawn into a Poké Ball, they are transferred from a state of matter to a state of energy. Poké Balls are said to be designed for the comfort of the Pokémon stored inside.

In addition to the video games and trading cards, images of Poké Balls can be seen on many merchandise items, including toys, clothing, and accessories. In Japan, stores known as Pokémon Centers are devoted to Pokémon merchandise, often offering items that are sold nowhere else in the world.

Would you like to draw your own Poké Ball? Now you can, with the help of this simple, step-by-step Poké Ball drawing tutorial. All you will need is a piece of paper, a pencil, and an eraser. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Eevee, Gengar, and Pikachu.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Poke Ball from Pokémon

Poke Ball drawing - step 1
How to Draw a Pokeball Step 01

1. Begin by drawing a circle to outline the basic shape of the Poké Ball.

Poke Ball drawing - step 2
How to Draw a Pokeball Step 02

2. Draw a curved line across the center of the Poké Ball. This begins to outline the Ball's central band.

Poke Ball drawing - step 3
How to Draw a Pokeball Step 03

3. Draw a second line around the middle of the Ball, parallel to the first.

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4. Detail the band encircling the Poké Ball. Draw a short, curved line across each end of the band, parallel to the side of the Ball. On one side of the band, draw two small ovals.

Poke Ball drawing - step 5
How to Draw a Pokeball Step 05

5. Erase a portion of the original circle at each end of the band. This gives the Poké Ball's band an inset, three-dimensional appearance.

Poke Ball drawing - step 6
How to Draw a Pokeball Step 06

6. Draw a circle overlapping the central band, positioned to one side of the Poké Ball. This forms the region of the Poké Ball's button.

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How to Draw a Pokeball Step 07

7. Erase all guide lines from within the small circle.

Poke Ball drawing - step 8
How to Draw a Pokeball Step 08

8. Within the small circle, draw a series of three additional, smaller circles. Notice that the two smallest circles, forming the button itself, are positioned more closely than are the other circles.

Poke Ball drawing - step 9
How to Draw a Pokeball Step 09

9. Within the area of the button, draw four small circles between the largest of the circles.

Complete Poke Ball drawing
How to Draw a Pokeball Step 10

10. Color your Poké Ball. Standard Poké Balls are red on top and white on the bottom, with a white button and a black band. Other types of Poké Balls come in a wide range of colors, including green, orange, and blue.

So, what will you catch? If you've gotta catch 'em all, check out our collection of cartoon character drawing guides. There, you'll find Pikachu, Charizard, Mew, Gengar, and many more.

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