Drawing Spherical Objects

Besides the obvious, perfect spheres that form the structure of a ball— whether a golf, tennis, or basketball— there are those objects which have shapes based on the sphere in one form or another. An egg, a nut, an apple, and an orange all have a modified sphere as their basic underlying form. Objects such as a bowl, a cup, and a tea kettle can be based on part of a sphere.


The departures from the geometric sphere may be quite radical at times, but all the objects on these two pages are based upon it. For example, in the football the sphere is tapered at both ends; in the coffeemaker there's one complete sphere and two-thirds of another.

When drawing any object that's structurally spherical, draw the complete sphere first; then add the required departures that your particular object demands. You should ask yourself the same questions concerning proportion that you asked when drawing other forms. How much does your object depart—flatten, bulge, or bend—from the geometric sphere you first drew as its basis?

Gather all the spherical objects you can find and draw them in any size you wish. But be advised to draw rather large, so you can swing your pencil freely.


As you draw, remember that a sphere occupies a given space; it is not a flat disk. Hold an apple or orange in your hand and feel its bulk. Try to convey this volume and weight in your drawing. In the demonstrations that follow, the artist indicated this three-dimensional feeling by using the ellipses on the apple and orange, and on the geometric spheres upon which they're based.

Draw Sphere

A sphere provides the basic form for both this egg and this nut. Remember that a sphere has three dimensions. The ellipses on the egg shape help to emphasize its depth.

Easy Pencil Drawings FruitsObjects Draw
Though modified In some way, each of these objects Is based on the sphere. Notice the light pencil line through the center of each object. This line help&d the artist establish the symmetry of the left and right sides of the objects.
Method Draw Spherical Objects

Tea Cup

1. Some objects have only a part of a sphere in their structure. Even so, begin by drawing the complete sphere, as indicated by the broken line. Notice how the artist's ellipse here establishes the depth of the sphere, giving it volume.

2. Now proceed to add the modifications to the sphere that can turn it into a cup. Here, the artist omitted the broken line and worked only with the bottom half of the sphere.

Drawing Spherical

2. Now proceed to add the modifications to the sphere that can turn it into a cup. Here, the artist omitted the broken line and worked only with the bottom half of the sphere.

Apples and Oranges

1. With these fruits, as with any piece of fruit based on the sphere, first draw the complete, geometric sphere. Also draw in ellipses to help establish the third dimension of the sphere—depth.

2. Once the basic form is established then you can add the departures that make your particular fruit unique: its bulges, texture, and stem.

Was this article helpful?

+1 0
How To Become A Professional Pencil Drawing Artist

How To Become A Professional Pencil Drawing Artist

Realize Your Dream of Becoming a Professional Pencil Drawing Artist. Learn The Art of Pencil Drawing From The Experts. A Complete Guide On The Qualities of A Pencil Drawing Artist.

Get My Free Ebook


  • hildibrand
    How to draw a spherical shaped objects?
    8 years ago
  • Domenica Lucciano
    How to draw a spherical object?
    8 years ago
  • luigina
    How to draw an apple in pencil?
    8 years ago
  • Anna Severance
    How to draw spherical objects simply?
    7 years ago
  • Aija
    What to draw in object drawing?
    3 years ago
  • selam
    How to draw a geometric sphere?
    3 years ago
  • hagos
    How to draw a pherical shape?
    2 years ago
  • rhoda
    How to draw a simple kettle?
    2 years ago
  • MIKA
    How to draw a sphere shape?
    12 months ago

Post a comment