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Modeling a Soccer Ball in Blender


A short videotutorial by CG Cookie.

Jonathan Williamsom writes:

In this Blender tutorial, Jonathan will show you how to easily model a soccer ball in only a few minutes time by starting with a regular solid in Blender 2.6.

During this tutorial you will learn how to use an icosphere as an easy starting point for modeling the soccer ball. You will learn how to create the ball tiles by using specific selections, how to use the inset tool and other various modeling techniques to perform what would otherwise be a very difficult modeling task.


About the Author

Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. the hexagons look a little off to me, I need to see the tutorial to know why though. But there is something to right about them

    • It looks like the hexagons are not regular. The side touching the pentagon is slightly shorter than the side touching another hexagon.

  2. It's called "football", not "soccer". And this is not a "soccer ball", it's a "football". The term "soccer" is considered being abusive outside the US (where actually a game that is mostly played with the hands is called "football"). So don't call it "soccer"!

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