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Sketching the NBA Basketball Finals

NBA players and yelling manager, ink
NBA players and yelling manager, ink

Except for doing these sketches while watching the NBA Basketball Finals last week, it was a pretty rough week, with no energy for art or blogging. I kept putting the TiVo on pause to sketch, enjoying drawing with a Pilot fountain pen and then adding a bit of water to make the line bleed and turn into an ink wash.

NBA Finals: Aiming for a free throw, ink
NBA Finals: Aiming for a free throw, ink

Then I started trying to capture a little more action, drawing in pencil.

NBA Finals pencil sketch
NBA Finals pencil sketch

I enjoy watching basketball playoffs and seeing these 7 foot tall, extremely buff, and mostly really cute guys with charming smiles, maneuver their massive bodies like ballerinas, leaping through the air, dodging and dancing around each other, or just storming down the court like a locomotive, charging the hoop, hanging from it when they dunk the ball in, or tossing the ball from across the court and watching it swish right in (or not).

I took so long with pausing the game to sketch that I had to fast forward to the last five minutes to see who won so that I could go to bed before midnight.

7 replies on “Sketching the NBA Basketball Finals”

Wow! Nicely controlled “bleeds” here, Jana. (Mine invariably became Tsunamis!)
And the free throw player- seems we all like that one.

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A bleedin’ pen? Yes, ink is a great medium to use, especially when you are game enough to add water to create other shapes by chance. These look really good. I once used only two coloured inks and what was interesting was that more colours happened when I added water.
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