Cartoon volleyball face paint tutorial

Posted by Beth Mackinney on


With school just starting, kids are trying out for sports teams, so if you run into any children for which volleyball is their absolute favorite, this design is just for them.


Paradise light blue
Diamond FX white
TAG skin tone palette
Diamond FX black
1/2-inch filbert brush
#1 round brush
#5 round brush
#2 round brush


Begin by using the 1/2-inch filbert and Diamond FX white to make a large white circle on one side of the forehead.


On the other side of the forehead, use the #5 round brush and the TAG skin tone palette to create fingers and thumbs for hands. The thumbs will be toward each other in the center, and will be shorter than the fingers.


Extend a line down from the hand to make the arms reaching up toward the volleyball.


Add a second pair of hands on the other side of the forehead.


Load the #2 round brush with Paradise light blue and make three curved lines coming from the center of the circle.


Add three more lines to complete the volleyball as shown in the photo.


Paint two white eyes and a smile over the blue on the volleyball using the #5 round brush and Diamond FX white.


Use the #1 round brush and Diamond FX black to outline the hands, volleyball, and facial features.


Don’t forget little motion lines to make it look like the volleyball and hands are moving.


Add white highlights to the hands as a final touch.


At this point, I decided to make the center black portion of the second eye a little bigger so it would connect with the edge of the circle. (You can, of course, choose any kind of cartoon eyes you want for your volleyball to give him a different expression.)


Beth MacKinney is the owner of and primary face painter for Face Paint Pizzazz in the NW Chicago suburbs. Stop by to check out her other face painting blog posts and tutorials. If you’re on Facebook, join the Challenge Group to showcase your artwork and have a chance to win a store credit for each week’s challenge.

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