Tutorial: Football Fumble

Fall is a great time for football designs, and as it’s just around the corner, this football design uses simple shapes, but is fun to do. Football fans will love it, and consider changing the color of the ball to go with their favorite teams.


Mehron Paradise White
Mehron Paradise Grey
Mehron Paradise Light Brown
Paradise Dark Brown
TAG Skin Tone Palette
Wolfe, Diamond FX, or Cameleon White
Wolfe, Diamond FX, or Global Black
1/2-inch Filbert Brush
#2 Round Brush
#5 Round Brush


Begin by making curved cloud shapes about 1/2 inch above the eyebrows and sponge Paradise white over the eyebrows below this line to blend. This is going to be a cloud of dust.

Using a #5 round brush and the TAG skin tone palette, make some hands reaching up out of the cloud of dust

With the #5 round brush, make two circles for the eyes just above the hands.

Paint a football shape around the eyes with a mixture of Paradise light and dark brown. Also sponge a little Paradise grey lightly over the white so the cloud looks more like dust than a regular cloud.

Add details to the football with white and black, and outline the cloud and hands. Since this is a cartoon design, add small black lines near the hands and the football to show movement.


Finally, add a few highlights to the hands and small white dots in the center of the black on the eyes, and your football cartoon will be finished.

Beth MacKinney is the owner of and primary face painter for Face Paint Pizzazz in the NW Chicago suburbs. Stop by to see other face painting tutorials by Beth. 

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