Do you love baseball? If you do, you will fall in love with the game of softball. Softball is a modified form of baseball. It involves playing the game using a softball bat, on a smaller field and with a much larger and softer ball. The game started in the United States in the late 19th century as a form of indoor baseball.
In today’s lesson, we will be learning how to draw a perfect softball from scratch. The best thing is that this is one of the simplest lessons we have. Before we jump into the drawing steps, let’s first take a look at the difficulty level of each step.
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What You Will Need
- A Drawing Piece of Paper
- An Eraser
- Colored Pencils or Markers
- 10 Minutes
How to Draw a Softball Step-by-Step
While today’s lesson is quite straightforward, we don’t want you to make a mistake that may force you to start over halfway through. That is why we have included the below image. It contains all the steps we will be taking throughout the lesson. Study it keenly so that you can anticipate each step.
Step 1: Draw a Circle
A softball is a ball like any other. The difference from a baseball is that a softball is larger and softer. With that in mind, the first thing we are going to do is draw the outline of the ball.
Since we are only going to draw a softball, don’t be afraid to use up the entire area of your drawing paper. Hold the drawing paper firmly and use your pencil to draw a large circle that covers almost the entire area of your paper. You should, however, take care so that the lines don’t spill outside the margins of your drawing paper.
Try and make the circle as smooth as you can. You should not worry too much if the drawing you create is not a perfect circle. This is because softballs are never exactly round!
- Draw a large circle on your drawing paper
Step 2: Add Some Texture
With the circle ready, we are going to add some details to it in order to transform it into a realistic softball. We will now add some texture in the middle of the circle.
For some texture, we are going to add two curved lines on two opposite sides of the inside of the circle. Make sure the lines you add don’t go outside the boundaries of the large circle. If they do, erase the overlapping lines.
Your drawing should look like what we have below. Needless to say, these simple details will add a classic softball look.
- Draw two arcs on the opposite sides of the inside of the circle
- Erase lines that spill outside the circle
Step 3: Draw the Sew Line
Although you would get away with it if you left your drawing as it is, it is not advisable to do so. With our aim being to draw a realistic softball, we need to add a few more details to our drawing.
To complete the appearance of the softball, we are going to add some sew lines. The sewing lines are important because softballs are made of rubber, synthetic materials, or leather on the outside. The materials are sawn together thus the reason we are going to add sew lines.
For the sew lines, all we need to do is add some lines across the length of the two arcs we drew in the previous step. The lines should not be too long and should be curved a bit. Doing so will give the drawing the distinguishable iconic pattern on a softball. Your drawing should look like what we have below.
- Add lines along the length of the two arcs we added earlier
- Make the lines a bit curved for realism
Step 4: Congratulations! Your Drawing Is Ready
Our drawing of a softball is ready! That was quick, wasn’t it? Take a moment to admire your masterpiece. If your drawing doesn’t look exactly like ours, you should not be discouraged. You will have better results on your next attempt. That is because you now know what is required.
Taking the Drawing to the Next Level (Adding a Background and Coloring)
While it is perfectly okay to leave our drawing of a softball as it is, it is always good to do some extra work in order to enhance your drawing. Doing so is the key to becoming a great artist. It is for this reason that we are not going to leave our drawing as it is.
If you want, you can add some background to your drawing. This can include adding a softball field or a softball bat behind the softball. You can also add some flashy details to your drawing such as some grass or the batter’s box.
Let your imagination run wild. The key is, however, to add details that are related to softball.
Step 5: Color
In our drawing, we will not be adding too many details. This is because our goal is to guide you on how to draw a realistic softball. As a result, the only additional detail we are going to add is color. Color brings a drawing to life.
Take out your coloring supplies and start adding color to your softball. Keep in mind that softballs are available in various colors. The most common colors are green, brown, and grey. You can use any color that you like.
For distinction, use a different color for the arc and sew lines. You must also ensure that the colors don’t spill outside the areas you are coloring. Here is how we colored our softball drawing.
- Color your drawing with your preferred colors
- Use a different color for the arc and sew lines
- Ensure the colors don’t spill outside the areas you are coloring
As you can see, drawing a softball is one of the easiest things you will ever do. Completing the drawing takes a very small amount of time. In our drawing, we started by drawing a large circle to serve as the outline for our softball. We then added two arcs on either side of the inside of the circle then added some sew lines along the arcs. To bring the softball to life, we colored it.
You can use these steps to draw a variety of balls that are similar to softballs. These include baseballs, tennis balls, and cricket balls among others. These steps can also be used to sketch a softball on your favorite software.
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