How to Draw a Traffic Light

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Traffic lights, like stop signs and yield signs, rely on elementary geometric shapes for their signature appearance. When drawing a traffic light, take care to keep the rectangle of the light housing and the circles of the lights symmetrical and even. If these shapes look off-balance or crooked, you will lose the realism in your artwork. Since lights provide a vivid and bright subject, color in each circle with intense hues by applying pressure to your pencil.

Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Compass
  • Red color pencil
  • Green color pencil
  • Yellow color pencil
  • Draw three squares of equal size stacked vertically on top of each other to form an evenly-segmented rectangle.

  • Draw a large circle inside of each square using your compass. Make each circle equal in size.

  • Draw a semicircle on the top of the rectangle. Make this semicircle arch upwards.

  • Color the top circle red. Use yellow for the middle circle and green for the bottom circle. Color in each circle with smooth, even strokes.

  • Color all remaining portions of the traffic light yellow.

  • Outline each square, circle and the semicircle with the black color pencil.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not leave any areas of blank space when coloring the traffic light.

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