Before we begin this tutorial make sure you have a basketball to look at.  If you don't own one, you can find a high quality photo of on online by doing an image search.  You will need this list of materials (below) to follow along with this tutorial:

1.  A set of 12 Prismacolor Art Markers, available for purchase from Amazon using my associates link for $21.61 (save $32.59 (60%)).  This set includes primary and secondary colors. 
2.  A set of 12 Prismacolor  Colored Pencils, available for purchase from Amazon using my associates link for $4.96, save $14.43 ( 74%).  This set includes a bonus Artstix. 
3. A Pencil Sharpener.  It doesn't have to be fancy.  It just has to get the job done.  You can get a 2 hole pencil/crayon sharpener from Amazon by clicking on my associates link for $2.49.  Alternatively, you could use a hobby knife to hand sharpen your pencils.  This is especially favorable if you want a long sharp tip.  Having a long sharp tip on your pencil allows you to have more precision in your drawing and you can tilt the pencil on its side for shading to get some dynamic textures.
4.  A Sheet of 9" X 12" Strathmore Drawing Paper, available for purchase from Amazon using my associates link for $4.59 (save $2.11 (31%)).  Regular paper often has an acid coating on it, which causes it to yellow over time like an old pirate's treasure map, but drawing paper is acid free.  It's important that the drawing pad you buy is not spiral bound, or the pages will rip out, which reduces the value of your art.  Try to keep anything you draw that you want to preserve out of sunlight, like in a portfolio case, because sunlight can dull out the color in your drawing.  You can also use Krylon Workable Fixatif Spray, a chemical that will seal and protect any materials you use for your drawings. 
5.  A bottle of Super smooth Correction Fluid, available for purchase from Amazon using my associates link for $14.18 and save $9.70 (41%). 
6.  A black Sharpie Pen, available for purchase from Amazon using my associates link for $8.49 save $6.51 (43%).  For that price, you will get a box of 12 Black Fine Point Sharpie Permanent Marker Pens.  These are what I use for my caricatures.  You can draw continuously for one hour with a Fine Point Black Sharpie Marker Pen before it runs out of ink.  I know this, because I have had many hours of experience using these pens for doing caricatures at birthday parties all over the bay area of California. 
Okay, let's begin the tutorial.

To begin this tutorial draw a big circle with the Black Fine Point Sharpie Marker Pen on your 9" X 12" Strathmore drawing paper.  Make sure that the circle is big enough to come near the edges of the paper. 

Now use a Yellow Prismacolor Art Marker Pen to fill in the inside of the circle.  Notice how the Prismacolor Art Marker Pens have a thin side, and a broadside.  Try to use the broad side for most of your coloring.  You can create thick and thin lines depending on how you tilt the pen.  Start from the edges and color in towards the center.  This rendering technique can be used to create a sense of lighting.  As you lift up on the pen with quick strokes, the reduction of pressure effects the opacity of your coloring.  Notice the yellow cracks in the basketball.  This layer of yellow will serve as the yellow cracks in between the orange rubbery material. 

Now with a yellow-orange Prismacolor Art Marker Pen, use a light tapping motion to create the orange rubbery material of the basketball.  Remember to start from the edges, and gradually color in towards the center. 

Then, add in the black rubber seams that wrap around the basketball with the Sharpie.  Notice how my lines curve to wrap around the ball.  If you're not sure how to do this, practice a few times on something like the back of an old telephone bill.
Now were going to get into some rendering.
Using a Carmine Red Prismacolor Art Marker you can color in the dark side of the basketball with a light tapping stroke.  The light is hitting from above, so the orange areas are going to be slightly brownish reddish in color in the shadowed areas. 

Now let's look at the light areas.  Using a Prismacolor White Color Pencil, you can shade over the ink to create the reflective light areas of the basketball. 

Oh, but before we get too carried away, don't forget to use the black Sharpie to draw in any last details you want to add.  In my drawing (above) you can see a "G" on the upper left hand side of the ball.  That's part of the logo of the company that manufactures the basketball.  Remember, when you add details like the logo on the basketball, draw them so they wrap around the ball.  That will add to the three-dimensional effect we are trying to accomplish in this tutorial.  Now add a few more Carmine Red to the lower right side of the ball.  Notice the way I used the marker.  I began with a large area, and tapered it down to rows of four marks then three then one in a pyramid formation. 
The Carmine Red looks too bright.  No worries.  We can use a brown Prismacolor Color Pencil to dull it down a little.  Apply the color gradually with light pressure.  If you add too much too fast, it will not be easily removed.  Good looking color effects are achieved with little subtleties.  When you render, you always want to be patient, and use light pressure. 
Notice how the black seams wrap around the ball so tightly that it presses down a little on the orange rubbery material.  You can show this by adding some Carmine Red on one side of the seam, and making the other side a light orange using the white Prismacolor Color Pencil.

Now for the last step.  Use the white correction fluid on the brightest parts of the basketball.  The rubber texture of the ball is a reflective surface.  Lightly brushing on a small dime size dab of correction fluid from the center of the brightest area out, will give your basketball drawing that reflectivity.   This final step completes this tutorial.  I hope it has been helpful. 
In the future I will be publishing tutorials like "How to Draw The Human Figure," and "How to Draw Your Own Super Hero."
If you want to learn more about rendering with markers there is a good book you can buy on the subject for sale on Amazon from my associates link called "Rendering With Markers," by Ronald Kerminitzer for $19.99 new or used for as low as $3.05.
Thank you for viewing my tutorial.
God Bless and Peace be with you.

Stan Levine

Artist at Stanimation Productions

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