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How To Draw Stars Perfectly (Without Tracing)

Updated on May 7, 2014
An example of a nautical star you can draw with this method.
An example of a nautical star you can draw with this method. | Source

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Materials Needed

1. Pencil (I recommend a 4H pencil but any kind works)

2. Eraser

3. Compass (Preferably one that tells you the width of the circle)

4. Ruler


Step One: Draw a Circle

Using your compass, draw a circle with a diameter that is evenly divisible by three (such as 1.5 inches, 3 inches, 4.5 inches, etc.) It's important that it's divisible by three in order to allow for proportional accuracy. If you are new to using a compass, it can be a bit challenging to make a perfect circle at first. The easiest way to do this is to hold the compass so it is leaning a little in the direction you are going (if you are drawing the lower half of the circle, lean it downwards) and press lightly. Pressing too hard can cause the compass to change width and it also makes it more difficult to erase the circle completely, which we will be doing later.

Step Two: Dividing the Circle

Using your ruler, draw a light line vertically through the exact middle of the circle until both ends touch the circle. The small indent your compass needle made will help you find the exact middle. You can use the top or bottom edge of your paper to make sure the line is completely vertical. This is done by simply lining up one of the non-measuring edges of the ruler with the top or bottom edge of the paper. Once this is done, divide the line into three equal sections using light hash marks or dots. (If a 3 inch diameter circle, divide into three 1 inch sections and so-on). This should produce two marks on the line, the first (upper) mark and the second (lower) mark.

Step Three: Drawing the Star

Using your ruler, draw a horizontal line through the first mark in the vertical line, until both ends touch the circle. This is done the same way as the vertical line, except use the left or right edges of the paper to ensure it's horizontal. After that is done, use your ruler to draw two diagonal lines. The diagonal lines should go from each end of the horizontal line through the second mark until they touch the circle. If done correctly, both lines should intersect at the second mark. Finally, draw two more diagonal lines. These should go from the bottom ends of the first two diagonal lines to the top of the vertical line where it touches the circle. If done correctly, you should now have a star perfectly inside the circle.

Bonus: Drawing a Nautical Star

To draw a nautical star, follow all the steps for drawing the regular star, making sure you erase the inside pentagon of the star. Then, use your ruler to draw five lines. These lines should go from each of the five inner intersecting points of the star to the exact middle of the circle. Then, draw five more lines. These lines should go from each of the five connecting points of the star which touch the circle to the exact middle of the circle. If done correctly, you now have a perfect nautical star!

Step Four: Erasing

Erase anything you do not wish to be in the drawing, such as the circle, the vertical line and the inside pentagon of the star. You should now have a perfectly proportionate star!

Have Fun and Get Creative!

Now that you know how to draw a basic star, have fun with it and come up with unique designs! Stars are extremely popular designs, especially with tattoos. Let your imagination free and you'll be surprised at what you can do with a little bit of effort and some creativity!

Creative Star Tattoo
Creative Star Tattoo | Source

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