How to Draw the Yin Yang Symbol

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The yin yang is a symbol, as well as a school of thought, in eastern philosophy. It is defined as “the two complementary forces that make up all aspects and phenomena of life.”

The yin is a symbol of the earth, darkness, and the female gender. The yang represents heaven, light, and the male gender. It is thought that as one increases in the universe, the other decreases, keeping things in harmony. The yin and yang are depicted as the black and white halves of a circle. “Yin Yang” can be translated as “dark-bright” or “negative-positive.”

The philosophy arose in ancient China, but it is still evident in popular culture today. The yin yang symbol often appears on clothing, accessories, in movies, and more. So do the concepts it represents. For example, the “light side” and “dark side” of the Force in the Star Wars franchise are based on the principles of yin and yang.

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Would you like to draw a yin yang symbol? This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. This tutorial uses simple shapes, including circles, straight lines, and curved lines.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing the Yin Yang Symbol

How to Draw Yin Yang Symbol: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a circle. This outlines the symbol.

How to Draw Yin Yang Symbol: Step 2

2. Draw a backward, “S” shaped line down the center of the circle. This divides the symbol into two halves, the “yin” and the “yang.”

How to Draw Yin Yang Symbol: Step 3

3. Draw a straight line down the middle of the circle, just off center. This will serve as a guide line to help you evenly draw the smaller circles.

How to Draw Yin Yang Symbol: Step 4

4. Draw a second straight line, parallel to the first, just off center.

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How to Draw Yin Yang Symbol: Step 5

5. Draw a small circle between the two lines, in the middle of the curved portion of one side of the yin yang.

How to Draw Yin Yang Symbol: Step 6

6. Draw another small circle between the parallel lines, on the opposite side of the yin yang. Notice how the guide lines help you to make the small circles evenly spaced and of equal size.

How to Draw Yin Yang Symbol: Step 7

7. Erase the guide lines from the yin yang.

How to Draw Yin Yang Symbol: Step 8

8. Shade the upper small circle.

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How to Draw Yin Yang Symbol: Step 9

9. Shade the lower portion of the yin yang.

How to Draw Yin Yang Symbol: Step 10

The yin yang is typically depicted in black and white.

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