Artist Uses Dribbling Skills to Paint Soccer Stars


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Shanghai-based Hong Yi or 'Red' as she likes to call herself is known for her unusual and imaginative portraits. Her previous masterpieces include a sketch of Chinese film director Yimou Zhang created with 790 pairs of black, white and grey socks and one of basketball superstar Yao Ming painted with - you guessed it - a basketball! Popular Hollywood actor Jackie Chen was portrayed with chopsticks, while British singer/songwriter Adele's portrait was created with melted candles.

Hence it came as no surprise when on June 17th, to celebrate the start of World Cup Soccer, Red unveiled a portrait of her three favorite soccer stars - Argentina's Lionel Messi, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Brazil's Neymar, that was created by dribbling a paint-covered soccer ball.

The artist who says she loves to paint but not with a paintbrush, began by dribbling with a ball doused in yellow paint for the background and outline of the players. After that came the red, blue and yellow to represent their respective team colors and the black for the hair. Then the most difficult part of all - adding their distinguishing facial features, for which she used a neutral grey. The end result as you can see, are portraits that any artist would be proud of.

And while Hong Yi describes her painting skills as 'ok' and her dribbling skills 'questionable', after seeing the results, most would agree that she is being extremely modest on both counts!


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  • sokeefe_forever
    sokeefe_foreverFriday, June 11, 2021 at 6:35 am
    This is amazing!!!! I want to meet the person who made it!
    • nightwaves
      nightwavesWednesday, April 14, 2021 at 6:34 am
      I love soccer.
      • tyler10013
        tyler10013Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 10:00 am
        i love soccer it's nice
        • playeropro1
          playeropro1Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 12:39 pm
          Amazing, I love soccer!
          • pinowula-156856033029
            pinowula-156856033029Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 8:07 am
            cool and funny
            • bezemove-156856031286
              bezemove-156856031286Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 8:04 am
              • youngauba
                youngaubaMonday, January 27, 2020 at 8:32 am
                that is crazy
                • mtjcr7
                  mtjcr7Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 10:15 am
                  wow she good at painting
                  • joe mamaTuesday, November 5, 2019 at 4:12 pm
                    soooooooo cool
                    • WhasnewsSaturday, September 14, 2019 at 6:27 pm
                      So cool, especially for a soccer player like me.
                      • playeropro1
                        playeropro1Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 12:50 pm
                        same, i LOVE soccer