Volleyball is an exciting sport that requires strategy, teamwork, and athleticism. At the heart of every volleyball team is the coach – the leader who trains players and helps them fulfil their potential. If you love volleyball, learning how to draw a volleyball coach can be a fun challenge.
|Steps||Design Complexity level|
|Draw the Head Shape||2|
|Add Facial Features||3|
|Draw the Body Shape||3|
|Add the Arms||4|
|Draw the Legs||4|
|Add Clothing Details||4|
|Color the Drawing||5|
|Add Background Details||4|
What You Will Need
- Colored pencils, markers, or crayons
How to draw a volleyball coach
This step-by-step tutorial will walk you through sketching and coloring your volleyball coach artwork. With some basic supplies and a little practice, you’ll be detailing an inspiring coach in no time!
Step 1: Draw the head
To begin, lightly sketch an oval shape for the skull using quick, smooth strokes. Make sure to leave room at the bottom for the neck. Then, add guidelines for the face – a vertical line down the center to help place the features symmetrically and horizontally for the eyes, nose, and mouth. The eyes go about halfway down the head, the nose about 3/4 down, and the mouth goes near the bottom. Sketch the outlines of the ears on either side of the head, and draw an inverted teardrop shape for the nose. Add an angular line for the jawline to establish the chin area. Finally, sketch lines down from the jawline to the shoulders to complete the neck. The head and neck together should be roughly egg-shaped.
- Start by sketching the basic shape of the head using quick, light lines
- Draw an oval shape for the skull and add guidelines for the face
- Add shapes for the ears, jawline, and neck to establish the proportions
Step 2: Draw the Jersey
Begin sketching the jersey by lightly drawing two curved lines to form the overall shape, leaving room at the top for the head and neck. Curve the lines gracefully to show the flow and drape of the fabric. Once you have the basic shape mapped out, it’s time to add more distinct details.
At the top center, draw a V-neckline to finish off the neck area of the jersey. On each side of the neckline, sketch the rounded sleeve shapes, indicating where the arms will go. Make sure the sleeves are proportional to the rest of the jersey.
To convey realistic fabric folds, draw some straight vertical lines down the center of the jersey from the neckline to the hem. Add a few more curved lines on both sides to show creasing and wrinkles in the material. Sketch lightly without pressing hard on the pencil.
Right above the hem, draw a smoothly curved line across to complete the bottom of the jersey. Take care to keep the line fluid and natural. Refine the outlines, erasing sketchy strokes to have clean lines for the final jersey shape like a soccer jersey we drew before.
If desired, lightly sketch the jersey number. Carefully draw the number lines straight and proportional.
- Lightly sketch basic jersey shape, curving lines gracefully
- Add a V-neckline, rounded sleeves, and straight folds down the center
- Draw a smooth curved hemline across the bottom
- Refine outlines for a clean final jersey shape
Step 3: Draw the hands
To draw the volleyball coach’s hands, lightly sketch basic oval shapes for the palms. Make sure the palm sizes look proportional to the arms and body. On each oval palm, draw four slightly curved lines that taper down into rounded points to form the fingers. The lines should get gradually shorter toward the outside fingers. Add a smaller oval shape on the side of each palm for the thumb.
To add realistic detail, use short, straight lines across each palm to indicate folds and creases in the skin. Sketch lightly without pressing hard so the lines look natural. Once the basic hand shapes are done, refine the outlines of each finger, erasing any sketchy strokes so you have clean lines. Draw oval fingernails at the tip of each finger for extra detail.
Carefully erase any initial guidelines from the palms to clean up your sketch. The finished hands should look smooth, natural, and proportional to the body. Take care drawing the hands – they can be tricky, but add a lot of expression and motion to your volleyball coach.
- Lightly sketch oval palm shapes, curved fingers tapering to points
- Add straight lines across palms for realistic creases
- Refine finger outlines and draw oval fingernails
- Erase guidelines, aim for natural-looking finished hands
Step 4: Draw the shorts
To draw the volleyball coach’s shorts, lightly sketch two parallel horizontal lines for the top and bottom edges – make sure to leave a gap between the legs. The lines should be proportional to the legs and torso.
Next, draw a vertical line between the two horizontals to divide and establish the shape of both legs. On each side, add more vertical lines that curve slightly outward to show realistic folds and creases in the fabric.
Sketch tapering lines from the bottom edges down to the knees to form the shape of the legs inside the shorts. Draw the lines smoothly and lightly.
Add details like pockets, a waistband, seams, etc, to make the shorts look more realistic. Also, lightly indicate things like zippers, buttons, or logos if desired.
Once you have sketched the basics, carefully erase any guidelines from the initial sketch. Then, refine the outlines of the legs, aiming for clean, smooth lines. This will give your finished shorts a natural look.
- Sketch top and bottom edges, vertical line for legs
- Add curved vertical lines on both sides for folds
- Draw tapering lines for legs inside shorts
- add realism with details like pockets, seams
- Erase guidelines and refine leg outlines for a clean look
Step 5: Draw the legs
Start by lightly sketching two parallel vertical lines for the upper and lower legs – make sure they are proportional to the shorts and torso. The upper legs should be longer. In the middle of each leg shape, draw an oval for the kneecap. On the outer side, add a small circle for the ankle.
To show the form of the leg muscles, sketch some curved lines around the kneecap and ankle areas. Add a few straight lines on the shins for definition as well. Loosely indicates the calf muscles with smooth curves.
For the feet, draw simple boxy shapes at the bottom of the legs. Sketch a wedge shape for the toes – you can draw all five or indicate a couple. Underneath each foot, use a U-shape line for the foot arch.
Once the basics are mapped out, erase any guidelines from the initial sketch. Then, refine the leg outlines, smoothing them into tapered forms. The legs should look solid but rounded.
- Sketch parallel lines for upper/lower legs proportional to the body
- Draw ovals for kneecaps and circles for ankles in the center
- Add curved lines around knees/ankles showing muscles
- Draw boxy feet with wedges for toes and a U-shape underneath
- Erase guidelines, refine tapered leg outlines
Step 6: Draw the Socks
Start by lightly sketching a horizontal line across the ankle to mark the top of the sock. Then, on the lower leg, draw two smooth curved lines from the ankle down to indicate the sock’s shape. Ensure the curves taper nicely to follow the form of the calf and ankle.
Add a small horizontal line at the bottom of the sock above the foot. You can also draw simple stripes on the socks if desired. Take care that the curves and lines of the socks are proportional to the legs.
Once the basic shape is complete, erase any initial sketch lines around the socks to clean up the drawing. Then, refine the sock outlines so they blend naturally into the shape of the legs and feet like we drew in soccer player. The curves should be graceful and tight-fitting.
- Sketch a horizontal line at the ankle for the sock top
- Draw two curved lines from the ankle down the calf for sock shape
- Add a horizontal line at the sock bottom above the foot
- Erase guidelines, refine sock outlines blending into the leg
Step 7: Draw the Shoes
Start by sketching two parallel lines for the bottom edges of the shoes. Make them proportional to the feet. At the toe area, draw an angled line across each foot to form the basic shape of the shoes.
Add a few curved lines on each shoe to indicate the laces and tongue. Sketch lightly without pressing hard. Draw a straight line down the center of each shoe from top to bottom for more detail.
Erase any initial guideline sketches around the shoes to clean up the drawing. Then, refine the outlines, smoothing the curves into natural shoe shapes that fit nicely with the feet. Add shading if desired for extra dimension.
- Sketch parallel lines for shoe underside proportional to feet
- Draw angled lines across toes for shoe shape
- Add curved lines for laces/tongue and straight lines down the center
- Erase guidelines, refine outlines for natural shoe shapes
Step 8: Draw the Volleyball
Start by lightly sketching a circle in the coach’s right hand to represent the basic shape of the volleyball, like a ball. Make sure it looks proportional to the size of the hand.
On either side of the circle, draw a curved line that tapers to a point, forming the volleyball lines. Add another slightly curved line above and below these first lines to complete the volleyball pattern.
Erase any initial sketch lines around the volleyball shape to clean it up. Then, refine the outlines, smoothing the curves into a realistic 3D sphere. Add shading to make the ball look more round and dimensional.
- Lightly sketch a circle in the right hand for a volleyball shape
- Draw tapered curved lines on either side for a volleyball pattern
- Add curved lines above and below to complete the pattern
- Erase guidelines, refine outlines for smooth 3D sphere
Step 9: Your volleyball coach is ready
You have done a great job! We agree this was a bit complex and time, but we are proud of you for coming this far.
Taking your drawing to the next level
Now, to make it unique and creative, we will add color and a background.
Adding a background to the volleyball coach’s drawing
Consider the context – a volleyball court, gymnasium, or training facility makes fitting backdrops.
Lightly sketch lines to map out the setting. For a court, draw boundary lines, nets, and poles. For a gym, add hardwood flooring, basketball hoops, etc. Add realistic details to enhance the background, like line markings, sports equipment, and benches.
Adding color to the volleyball coach’s drawing
Use natural skin tones like peach, tan, or brown for the face, arms, and legs. Add flushed cheeks, nose, and ears for a life-like color. The jersey and shorts should be bold, bright colors. Consider complementary or contrasting colors that pop. Add color variety to the shoes and socks. Consider school colors or realistic sports shoe colors. For the volleyball, use a natural leather color and white paneling to mimic an absolute ball’s colors. The background colors should be more muted and neutral so the coach stands out like we did in the soccer referee drawing.
Drawing a volleyball coach can seem daunting, but breaking it down into simple steps makes the process approachable for any artist. First, lightly sketch the body proportions, clothing folds, and critical features. Take care when shaping the hands and feet, using photo references if needed. Add details like a whistle, clipboard, or ball to convey the coaching context. Choose colors and backgrounds that complement the figure and draw the viewer’s eye. Employ shading techniques to make the coach feel three-dimensional and lifelike.
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