How to Draw a Star

How To Draw A Star

One of the first things that you learn in school is how to draw a star, which is not so common anymore. If you’ve missed this lesson, there are simple ways to create a star drawing that is accurate and simple.

Aside from tracing a star from the internet, here is how to draw a star with impressive results.

You can find essential drawing equipment to complete this task here:  Click here to view my basic equipment list.

How To Draw A Five-pointed Star

The five-pointed star is literally the most recognized star that everyone feels is a traditional star shape that looks appealing. Historically, the five-pointed star is commonly used on currency, national flags, and throughout modern culture.

It can represent nationalism and pride, along with alternative political movements, but in reality, it was first used as a hieroglyph symbol used by the ancient Egyptians.

It can relate to astrology, religion, and what most people these days consider to be the symbol of stardom. It’s a universal symbol used on just about everything to give value or meaning to something or someone. Here is the most common method that is one of the easiest ways to draw a star.

How to Draw a Star
How to Draw a Star

How To Draw A Simple Star Drawing

The simple beauty of a five-point star can give any drawing deep meaning and emotional impact. Suffice to say, drawing little five-point stars is satisfying and therapeutic.

If you decide to draw a decorative or highly-detailed star, you still need to stick with the easiest method to follow.

But if you want to do the easiest step, you can also use tracing paper and skip the rest of these helpful five-star drawing tips.

Star Drawing
Star Drawing

Draw A Triangular Shape

If you can draw a triangle, you are ready to go the total distance for this lesson. The big first step here is to locate where you want to draw your star. This is off to the side or directly in the middle of your drawing paper for most people.

Use a round object that will ultimately be the outside edges of your star drawing. You can also use a compass to set the diameter based on the total size you need.

Don’t forget to use some masking tape in the center to prevent paper den by the compass needle.

Now draw a horizontal line through the middle of your circle, just light enough to see the line.

Measure One-third Down

Like the numbers on any clock dial, measure the distance between the center line and the bottom of the circle; this will allow you to mark where the 7 and 5 o’clock mark is.

Now draw a light line through this, so you have an equal distance underneath the center line and the bottom of the circle.

Where the line meets the edges will become connection points for your star drawing.

Draw Horizontal Straight Line

This is repeated above the centerline where the 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock lines would appear. Once again, this is halfway between the center line and the top of the circle. These are also critical connection points.

At this point, you can use a vertical line that is drawn right down the center of the circle, where which will separate the circle into two halves.

This represents the 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock spot on a clock dial.

Join The Bottom Right Corner To The Vertical Line

Starting at the very top of the circle where you have the 12 o’clock mark, draw a straight line down to the 4 o’clock line.

Use a ruler to get a nice clean line as light as possible. You’ll also be erasing some of these other lines.

So don’t forget to remove any masking tape if you put this down because of the compass. Use a good eraser that doesn’t leave orange marks like number two pencils often do.

Repeat The Opposite Side

Once you have a line connecting from 12-4 o’clock, this is repeated back up to the 10 o’clock line. This is repeated with a line drawn over to the 2 o’clock line.

The following line is drawn over to the 7 o’clock line and is finally followed up, finishing back to the midnight line.

It’s a repeating zigzag that follows the point of a clock face, which jumps in sequence back and forth to create the five-point star.

This formula always starts at one point but ends at the same spot completing the star design. The easiest is, to begin with, the noon point and jump either to the 7 or 4 o’clock location.

Then, you move in the opposite direction to the 10 or 2 o’clock location. Then so on until the five points are completed.

How To Draw A Star With One Line

You would be correct if you started to notice that making a five-point star drawing is minimal drawn lines repeating specific marks on a clock face.

This might remind you of another well-known symbol that one of the art world’s most celebrated artists created their portrait of a man.

This drawing is also called The Vitruvian Man and features the five-point star design. If you remember from learning to drive a car, you’ll remember two essential rules.

This is where to hold your hands on the driving wheel, one hand at the 10 o’clock sign and the other at the 2 o’clock hand.

After this, it’s simply a matter of seeing the opposite with the 7 o’clock and 4 o’clock locations.

Start at the top and follow the sequence starting with 12, 4, 10, 2, 7, and 12 or the opposite, which goes 12, 7, 2, 10, 4, and 12. This single line is drawn in sequence and goes even faster when you know the spots of a clock face.

Repeat The Process But Keep Your Pencil On The Paper

If you want to know how to create a star drawing without breaking your continuous line is almost a matter of playing ping pong.

The straight line constantly zigzags to a spot within a circle. That is always one-third apart from each other in between each line.

Like the markings of a clock dial. One of the fastest ways to follow the sequence of making a continual five-point star is to draw the mainframe of the letter ‘A’

From either side of the bottom of the two legs of the A-frame. A line is then drawn up to the upper section, where a line would be drawn through the letter A’.

The extended line that emerges from the other side is drawn down to the opposite side of the other leg. This forms the letter A. This is the simplest method to draw a continuous 5-pointed star drawing.


Ian Walsh is the creator and author of and an Art teacher based in Merseyside in the United Kingdom. He holds a BA in Fine Art and a PGCE in teaching Art and Design. He has been teaching Art for over 24 Years in different parts of the UK. When not teaching Ian spending his time developing this website and creating content for the improvedrawing channel.

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