How to Draw an Impossible Hexagon

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What is an impossible object? Also called impossible figures or undecidable figures, these drawings are a type of optical illusion. The two-dimensional figure appears three-dimensional, yet the geometry is unlike anything that could exist in the real world. Impossible objects were employed in intriguing works of art throughout the twentieth century.

The impossible hexagon in this drawing guide is based on the Penrose triangle, which was created by an artist in 1934. Penrose polygons such as this hexagon are constructed by adding additional sides to the Penrose triangle.

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However, the optical illusion becomes less vivid as more sides are added. The hexagon, then, may appear to be warped, braided, or twisted rather than “impossible.”

Hexagons are common structures both in art and in nature. Did you know? Honeycombs are made from small hexagons of bee’s wax. Interestingly, the hexagon allows a large space to be covered with as little wax as possible. The efficient structure is also very strong.

Other hexagonal figures in nature include the structure of some rocks and crystals (such as the Giant’s Causeway in Ireland), the sections of a turtle’s shell, some snowflakes, and a constant cloud formation on the planet Saturn.

Would you like to draw an impossible hexagon? Doing so is easy and fun with the help of this simple, step-by-step shape drawing tutorial. All you will need is a pencil, pen, or marker and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Impossible Triangle, Baseball Bat, and Baseball.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​ an Impossible Hexagon

How to Draw Impossible Hexagon: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a hexagon. A hexagon is a regular six-sided figure in which the sides are all of the same length.

How to Draw Impossible Hexagon: Step 2

2. Draw a short line extending from the upper corner of the hexagon. From this line, extend a longer line parallel to the hexagon’s side. Then, from the end of this line, extend a straight line parallel to the next side of the hexagon. Notice that the distance is greater between the line and the second side than the line and the first side.

How to Draw Impossible Hexagon: Step 3

3. Draw a short, straight line extending from the next corner of the hexagon. Extend a straight line from it, parallel to the side of the hexagon.

How to Draw Impossible Hexagon: Step 4

4. Extend a short, straight line from the bottom corner of the hexagon. From this line, draw a straight line parallel to the bottom of the hexagon. Then, extend another line upward, parallel to the next side of the hexagon.

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How to Draw Impossible Hexagon: Step 5

5. Draw a short line from the remaining bottom corner of the hexagon. From this, draw a straight line parallel to the side of the hexagon. Then, draw another line parallel to the next side of the hexagon.

How to Draw Impossible Hexagon: Step 6

6. Draw a short straight line emerging from the next corner of the hexagon. Then, extend a straight line parallel to the side of the hexagon.

How to Draw Impossible Hexagon: Step 7

7. Draw a short straight line from the final corner of the hexagon. From this, extend a straight line parallel to the top of the hexagon.

How to Draw Impossible Hexagon: Step 8

8. Begin to connect the outer edges of the impossible hexagon. Extend short lines from the top corner and side of the shape. Then, connect these lines to the existing lines, enclosing the top and upper side of the figure.

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How to Draw Impossible Hexagon: Step 9

9. Draw a short line extending from the bottom corner of the hexagon. Then, connect all open-ended lines until the figure is completely enclosed.

How to Draw Impossible Hexagon: Step 10

Color and shade your impossible hexagon. Notice how the shading in our example makes the three-dimensional illusion more vivid.

Would you like to draw more impossible objects? Check out our man-made objects drawing guides for impossible triangles, cubes, squares, hearts, stairs, and more.

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