How to Draw a Cricket Bat

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Illustrations by Andrew DeWitt

Drawing sports equipment is key for any artist who wants to get work illustrating for newspapers, magazines or lucrative sports based publications. The best way to learn to draw sports equipment is to break the object down into its most basic visual parts.

This will allow you to position the equipment in any pose that you would like while still retaining the realism of the illustration that you need. You can take three simple shapes and turn them into a pen and ink illustration of a cricket bat.

  • Drawing sports equipment is key for any artist who wants to get work illustrating for newspapers, magazines or lucrative sports based publications.
  • You can take three simple shapes and turn them into a pen and ink illustration of a cricket bat.
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Draw a large, diagonal, rectangular shape for the paddle of the cricket bat. Round off the bottom of this shape and make the top part come to a point. Add a diagonal line to the top of this shape for the handle guideline. Add a small circle on the top of this line.

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Thicken the handle of the cricket bat with two parallel lines around the left and right side of the handle guideline. Add two curved lines at the upper right and left-hand side of the paddle portion of the cricket bat.

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Add diagonal lines inside of the paddle portion to create the look of wood grain. Add horizontal lines across the handle of the cricket bat in order to give the impression of grip tape on the handle.

  • Thicken the handle of the cricket bat with two parallel lines around the left and right side of the handle guideline.
  • Add diagonal lines inside of the paddle portion to create the look of wood grain.
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Erase the guideline for the handle. This may require you to erase some of the grip tape drawing. If so, go back in a redraw the missing elements once you have erase the guideline.

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Ink the entire drawing with a black ink pen. Let the ink dry for several minutes and then carefully erase the pencil lines.

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