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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  • `Montell Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 6:34 pm
    I don't care about soccer because rugby league is better than that butter fingers
    • playeropro1
      playeropro1Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 12:51 pm
      plus, there is no hands.
      • playeropro1
        playeropro1Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 12:49 pm
        Soccer is way better!
        • mooshroomz
          mooshroomzSaturday, January 4, 2020 at 9:53 am
          Soccer players can't be but after fingers because only the goalie uses there hands.
        • karcrash07
          karcrash07Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 6:26 am
          sooooo cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!
          • Campbell aka duWednesday, April 24, 2019 at 5:41 am
            That is cool
            • tfueThursday, April 11, 2019 at 7:24 am
              This is awsome
              • SupermanFriday, March 15, 2019 at 9:15 am
                • shark222
                  shark222Monday, March 4, 2019 at 10:12 am
                  that is amazing
                  • robot60
                    robot60Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 4:34 pm
                    I can't even draw that with my hands
                    • soccergirl13Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 2:31 pm
                      That is so cool. I can hardly drw that with a pencil! She is so creative. bookstory13, you are right. I love soccer, plus the vid was funny when the guy was like, "Cool. But can we have our ball back?"
                      • karcrash07
                        karcrash07Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 6:29 am
                        true that! I love soccer and art! Who knew you can combine the talents! What a cool combo!
                      • kooooTuesday, January 22, 2019 at 8:45 am
                        • KendudeeTuesday, January 8, 2019 at 6:35 am
                          I can’t even draw that with my hands!