Basketball is considered one of the most entertaining sports in the whole world. Legends such as Shaquile O’ Neal and the great Late Kobe Bryant might be the ones who adorn its hall of fame.
This hair-raising game is an incredible inspiration to start a drawing project. If you want to learn how to draw a basketball hoop, you can follow the steps mentioned in this piece of writing.
The dunk-worthy robust hoops initially started as humble baskets called ‘goals’. Now, hoops are square or fan-shaped boards with an open bottom-netted, circular structure, roughly twice the size of the ball.
Drawing a hoop is as easy as it can be. So without further ado, let’s get right to drawing!
Taking Your Measurements
You don’t have to make your hoops accurate to the real world, obviously.
However, taking the measurements of the elements does help you understand the dimensions right. Here are the measurement dimensions of a basketball hoop and backboard:
· The Backboard
The top of the basket is distanced 10 feet from the court ground.
The backboard is 72 inches in width and 48 inches in height. So, try to have a 3:2 ratio of width to height. The border of the outer rectangle is 3 inches from all sides.
The inner rectangular shape is 24 inches wide and 18 inches tall. The small rectangle has a border that is 2 inches wide.
A shorter, smaller rectangular shape whose inner borders’ bottom side touches the ring is inside the bigger border of the backboard. The inner borders’ bottom side should be 12 inches or 1 foot from the backboard’s bottom. These concentric borders are for targeting shots.
To get the dimension while drawing, divide the backboard into thirds widthwise and quarters height-wise. And then choose the middle and last to bottom quadrant along with half of the quadrant above it.
The backboard must be absolutely straight (and transparent) with colored borders.
· The Ring
The ring has a diameter of 18 inches and is situated 6 inches away from the backboard.
You can start off with a line of roughly half the height of your backboard from the base of the small square’s inner bottom border. Then divide that line into 4 sections and use 3 of the outer section to construct a circle/oval.
· The Net
The net must be 18 inches in length, with threads ranging from 30 to 120.
Basketball threads are tighter at the bottom than the top to visually aid referees. These tapered edges should also be pronounced in your drawing.
Stationaries that You will Need
Any method you find suitable to draw with is fine. However, in this instruction, we will work with the following tools –
- Color (if you want)
- A sheet of paper to draw on.
- A ruler (if you want to draw it accurately)
Right! These are all you need to start drawing the hoop!
Drawing the Hoop
Follow this step by step guide to quickly draw out a basketball hoop all by yourself:
- Start with a rectangle that is roughly 3:2 in dimensions. Give it a thick border and fill the border with color. As most basketball backboards are transparent, you are better of keeping the insides uncolored, or you can try shades of white.
- Around the middle of the bigger rectangle, draw a smaller rectangle and give it a thinner yet pronounced border.
- Draw a flattened oval on the bottom border of the small rectangle and make sure the oval is a little bit away from the backboard.
- Attach the oval with a blackboard with a couple of parallel lines and add support braces. This oval is the ‘ring’ / ‘hoop’ of the structure.
- Draw a couple of convex lines from the ends of the hoop. The height of these lines should roughly equal the diameter of the hoop.
- Use a bright and dark shade of the same color to create a crosshatch pattern parallel to the outer borders.
- Use a wavy shape to resemble the bottom of the netting.
- Draw a pole 3 times the height of the backboard. And connect it to the backboard with lines from the top and bottom, all joining at the top of the pole.
- Add zig-zag support braces to the lines joining the backboard with the pole.
- Want to add a ball? Add a circular structure with curvy “w” to resemble a basketball.
And you’re done with the drawing. Yes! It is that easy to draw a basketball hoop!
Things to Remember
Keep these things in mind while drawing the hoop –
- If you want to draw the hoop from its side, start off with a trapezoidal shape.
- The basketball has a specific color; you should use that.
- Another way to draw the basketball hoop would be to come from the inside to the outside.
- Start off with the ring, then the small rectangle, and then the larger one.
- Keep ample space in your sheet.
- You need to take care of how the netting should look concerning the ball. If you want to give the illusion that the ball has been dunked, you will have to draw the netting bottom in a concave manner.
- The netting is generally loose for the upper third of the total length as it helps to slow down the ball when dunked.
- Semi-professional basketball hoops can be fan-shaped. In that case, the outer rectangle should have a circular (arched) top, and the bottom corner should be smoothed out, resembling a hexagon.
- As NBA is an American Institution, they have defined the dimensions in inches and feet. Therefore, it would be unwise to translate these numbers into other forms of measurement.
Practice! Practice! Practice!
Make it yours and customize these steps as per your wish. The drawing doesn’t need to be accurate to a certain standard.
Once, you have learned how to draw a basketball hoop, you should start practicing drawing athletes as well!
Thus you can extend your curiosity into a passion. Let us know how it works out for you!