How to Create a Perfect Circle Without Tracing

Three Methods:CompassPencil TipSquare

Need to draw a perfect circle, but don't have anything to trace? You can create a circle with a compass or even just with a pencil and eraser.

Method 1
Compass

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    Find a drafting compass. You can buy one at office supply or drafting supply stores.
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    Put your pencil in the open leg of the compass.
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    Adjust the compass for the radius of your circle. For a bigger circle, spread the compass wider.
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    Set the stationary leg of the compass where you want the middle of the circle.
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    Keep the stationary leg stable as you move the pencil leg around in a circle.

Method 2
Pencil Tip

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    Choose a well-sharpened pencil.
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    Choose a piece of paper. Place the paper on a flat, clean surface. The easier the surface is to move the paper on, the better, such as a well-polished table. Also, be sure to have plenty of space to be able to move the paper on the work surface.
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    Place the pencil on the paper. Press down on the point where the exposed wood on the pencil meets the painted part.
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    Have the tip of the pencil touch the paper, so that the eraser end is sticking up.
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    Rotate the paper. While your index finger is holding the edge of the pencil described in Step 3, rotate the paper beneath the pencil with your free hand.
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    Continue the rotation until a full circle is formed.
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    Congratulations! You have now completed your circle.

Method 3
Square

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    Draw a square.
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    Divide the square equally into 4 smaller squares using a pencil and ruler.
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    Draw round lines in one smaller square. Start from one end of a bisecting line and take the half circle shape up to the next bisecting line, with the rounded edge sitting against the edge of the large outer square.
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    Repeat for each small square until one large circle has been created inside the large square.
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    Erase the square lines. Leave behind the circle.

Tips

  • Make sure the paper doesn't move from the central point while you're turning it, or you could end up with a spiral design.
  • Don't be disappointed if you end up with a slight spiral design, you just need to press down on the pencil harder.
  • For a perfect circle, use a compass.
  • Keep your hand steady!

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Clean and flat work surface
  • Drafting compass (optional)

Article Info

Categories: Drawing Shapes and Forms