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Cool Op Art Sphere Drawings

You very well may have seen these pop art spheres before, because they’re cool and they’re all over the old Pinterest. But they’re also the sort of project you can’t just look at and move on. They MUST BE TRIED. And try them I did. And they are every bit as fun to draw as they look.

If you aren’t familiar with the term ‘Op Art’, it’s short for Optical Art, which basically is art that plays with the ways your eyeballs see and process certain visual information. Your eyeballs can go al wacky if you look at some Op Art for too long. I fact, I’m not sure how people can deal with giant pieces of Op Art hanging in their homes without losing their minds.


Paper (use thicker paper like White card stock)



Markers (use 2 colors for maximum awesomeness)

Trace around something round to make a circle or 3 on the surface of your paper. Any size(s) are fine, and draw them anywhere on the paper. I traced around a can of chickpeas. I love chickpeas.

Using your ruler, draw a grid of pencil lines all over the paper, avoiding the circles.

Op Art Spheres Project

Next, draw grids of lines on each circle. You start with a straight line down the middle, then gently curve them as you draw lines out to the edge of the circle. This gives the circles the illusion of 3-dimensionality.

Your grids can be positioned any way. I made 2 that were ‘straight’, as compared to the background, and one was all wonky. See?

Now you can go in and color everything- I’ve seen these looking really cool in black and white, but I chose to get all superhero and use red and blue.

Op Art Sphere drawings


The final touch is to make ’em POP! Basically, you just take a pencil, and draw a shadow with the edge of the pencil point. Start lightly on one outside edge of the circle, darkening a little bit right at the edge, and lightening it a little as you go out, I like to smudge it with my finger.

Op Art Spheres Drawing Project

If you have not yet discovered the magic that is pencil smudging, you will want to do so stat. Practice making marks and shapes with a pencil on paper and smudging them around with a finger. Such a cool technique.

So, anyway. Make these and then show me what you all made. Here. Just go ahead and post your photo to Facebook or Instagram and tag me. Facebook Instagram

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How to make a really cool pop art sphere drawing

More cool drawing projects:

Quick and Easy Tangle Drawing

Household Object Drawing Prompts

Exquisite Corpse Drawing Book

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Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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