How to Draw the Chinese Symbols for Yin & Yang


The Chinese symbols for "yin" and "yang" represent the duality of the universe as it is viewed in Taoism. The essence of existence in this view is opposites: male and female, dark and light, night and day. The symbols represent the simultaneous blending of these elements while they remain essentially apart. The yin-yang symbol is essentially a series of simple geometric shapes and curves that you can draw in a few steps using some simple techniques.

Things You'll Need

  • Drawing paper
  • Pencil
  • Draw a circle.

  • Divide the circle down the middle into two even halves.

  • Draw a circle on the center line with a diameter 1/2 the length of the center line. The top of this circle should touch the top line of the first circle.

  • Draw another circle of the same diameter beneath the first circle.

  • Erase the center line.

  • Draw a circle in the centers of the two smaller circles approximately 1/4 the diameter of the larger circles.

  • Fill in (darken) the lower of the two new circles.

  • Erase the left half of the larger upper circle.

  • Erase the right half of the larger lower circle.

  • Fill in (darken) the left swirl shape.

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