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How to Draw a Compass

Today in this lesson you will learn how to draw a compass step by step. This guide is very simple and interesting.

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How to Draw a Compass step by step

In this drawing lesson I will teach you how to draw a compass step by step. This tutorial is specially designed for children and aspiring artists. In order to draw a compass, you need to be able to draw straight circles.

A compass is a device for determining direction on Earth. The needle of a magnetized compass always points to the north of the earth. With a compass, you won’t get lost in the forest, steppe and other types of terrain. Often, a compass is used to determine the direction in which a ship, aircraft, or ground vehicle is moving, and the direction to a specific object or landmark.

Now you need to prepare materials for drawing, and you can begin to complete this lesson.


  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Eraser
  • Coloring supplies

Time needed: 20 minutes

How to Draw a Compass

  1. Draw the outer outline of the compass.

    Depict a large, even circle – this is the basis of the future compass.how to draw a compass easy

  2. Add the inner outline of the compass shell.

    Draw another circle, a little smaller, inside the previous one.how to draw a cartoon compass

  3. Sketch out the dial of the compass.

    At this point, draw a ring in which the strokes will be located.how to draw a cool compass

  4. Add scale divisions.

    Depict shading around the entire perimeter of the drawn smallest circle.how to draw a circle compass

  5. Draw the center of the clock face.

    Use two arcs to draw a shape that looks like a small circle.compass drawing easy

  6. Depict the magnetic compass needle.

    Draw a small circle in the center of the compass, and draw long arrows around the edges of it.compass drawing simple

  7. Draw lines indicating the cardinal points.

    From the center of the compass, add straight lines that should be perpendicular to each other.drawing compass big

  8. Sketch out symbols for the cardinal points.

    Along the edges of the drawn lines, add the first letters representing north, south, west and east.compass drawing cartoon

  9. Color the drawing.

    Use gray, blue and red to color the compass.compass drawing circle

I’m sure you did a good job of drawing the compass step by step. I will wait for your comments on whether you enjoyed this tutorial. Do not forget to subscribe to us on social networks and stay tuned. Let me remind you that for this tutorial I have prepared a PDF file with a summary of this step-by-step drawing tutorial.

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