How to Draw a 3D Net

Written by jeffery keilholtz
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How to Draw a 3D Net
Display a picture of a basketball hoop and net for inspiration. (Jack Hollingsworth/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Drawing a three-dimensional net requires giving the object height, width and depth. The trick to successfully depicting a three-dimensional net requires connecting it to a stationary frame or object. A basketball rim is a prime example of a suitable stationary object. Attaching the net to the rim gives the net a context and can help enhance the three-dimensional quality of your drawing. Practice drawing on notebook paper before transferring your skills to a professional, nonreflective paper surface.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Notebook paper
  • Nonreflective paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Colour pencils

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  1. 1

    Start the backboard outline. Lightly trace a large cross in the middle of the paper. All trace lines will be erased in the last step. Draw a medium-size square at the centre point on the cross. Draw a wide arc curving over the top of the peak of the vertical cross line -- from the right end of the horizontal cross line to the left end. The square and arc account for half of the backboard outline.

  2. 2

    Draw the hoop and net outline. Draw a medium-size narrow oval under the square. Draw an hourglass figure outline down the left and right side of the oval.

  3. 3

    Finish drawing the hoop outline. Draw a slightly wider narrow oval around the perimeter of the first oval. The narrowness of the two ovals gives the hoop a three-dimensional ellipse quality -- looking at the hoop from a side angle.

  4. 4

    Draw the net body. Draw narrow diamond-shaped patterns within the body of the net. Make each diamond interconnected with each other at the tops and sides. Draw thin, tightly spaced lines to create the outline body of each net diamond. Draw "V" shapes in the same manner at the top of the net -- attaching to the bottom of the entire rim -- to complete the net body. Including "V" and half-diamond shapes within the narrow circular space created by the two hoop ovals -- just above the foreground net body -- gives the net a three-dimensional impression of connecting all the way around the hoop.

  5. 5

    Finish drawing the backboard. Continue drawing straight lines down the right and left side of the backboard. Stop when each line is even with the hoop rim. Draw diagonal lines inward toward the net. Draw a straight line -- in between the diamond-shaped net pattern -- connecting the left and right side of the backboard.

  6. 6

    Erase the initial trace lines. Colour in the backboard as you see fit.

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