How to Draw an Impossible Star

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What is an impossible object? Also called impossible figures or undecidable figures, these objects are two-dimensional drawings that create an optical illusion.

When our brains attempt to render the drawing as a three-dimensional object, we may perceive contradictory perspectives when viewing different parts of the object; it may appear to be geometrically impossible in real space.

The more sides an impossible object has, the less forceful the optical illusion becomes. That is why this star, with ten sides and five bars, may appear braided or twisted rather than “impossible.”

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A similar impossible star was used in the wood engraving print “Stars” by artist M. C. Escher in 1948. Escher was famous for the use of impossible objects in his artwork.

Stars such as this one are rich in cultural meaning. Based on the shining astronomical object, stars as symbols often take on a many-armed appearance.

They can be found in ancient carvings and artifacts as well as medieval heraldry.

The star in this drawing guide has five arms. This type of star is often used to represent famous persons or awards (as in, “a five-star restaurant”).

Would you like to draw an impossible star? This easy, step-by-step star drawing tutorial is here to help. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, 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: Backpack, Impossible Square, and Hot Air Balloon.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​ an Impossible Star

How to Draw Impossible Star: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a long, straight, diagonal line. This begins to outline the first of the impossible star’s bars. From the bottom of the line, extend a shorter straight line upward. This outlines the first “leg” of the star. Then, extend another line downward at the opposite diagonal. This begins the star’s opposite “leg.”

How to Draw Impossible Star: Step 2

2. From the previous line, extend a short straight line on the opposite diagonal. From there, extend a long straight line upward. From the top of this line, draw a short straight line, then another long straight line downward, parallel to the previous long line. This outlines another of the star’s bars.

How to Draw Impossible Star: Step 3

3. Extend a straight line diagonally from the bottom left corner of the star. Extend another line parallel to this one from the open-ended line. From the top of the star, extend a long straight line downward, parallel to the existing line. Connect this line to the point of the star’s “leg” using a short straight line.

How to Draw Impossible Star: Step 4

4. Extend two straight horizontal lines across the middle of the star. Notice that one of the lines encloses lines drawn in the previous step, and that the top line is longer than the lower line.

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How to Draw Impossible Star: Step 5

5. Draw a longer straight line above the lines drawn in the previous step. Connect these lines on one end using a short straight line. On the opposite end, extend a long straight line downward at a diagonal angle.

How to Draw Impossible Star: Step 6

6. From the left “arm” of the star, extend a short straight line. From this, draw a long straight line parallel to the existing line. Connect the tip of the opposite arm using a long straight line.

How to Draw Impossible Star: Step 7

7. Use straight lines to connect the points as pictured. Erase guide lines as necessary.

How to Draw Impossible Star: Step 8

8. Extend a short straight line from the line in the uppermost point. Then, extend a line downward to meet the other bar.

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How to Draw Impossible Star: Step 9

9. Draw a straight line from the upper tip to the left “leg” to complete the figure.

How to Draw Impossible Star: Step 10

10. Color your impossible star. Notice the shading used in our example.

Would you like to draw more impossible objects? Check out our manmade objects drawing guides for impossible triangles, hearts, squares, cubes, tridents, and more.

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