How to Draw a Shuriken (Ninja Star) Step by Step

How to Draw a Shuriken (Ninja Star) easy with this how-to video and step-by-step drawing instructions. Easy drawing tutorial for beginners and everyone.

How to Draw a Shuriken

Please see the drawing tutorial in the video below


You can refer to the simple step-by-step drawing guide below

Step 1 – Draw the First Set of Paths for Shuriken

To make sure that the ninja star has a nice shape and doesn’t look like it’s bent or warped, draw some guide lines to help you create its shape.

Start by creating a horizontal line and a vertical line. Where they intersect will be the middle of the shuriken/ninja star. Make sure these lines are straight.

Step 2 – Drawing the Second Set of Guides

Across between the previous lines, draw another (shorter) pair that will create the same shape as “X”. Try and make sure that the sections between these lines (that style is like a slice) are all the same size.

Step 3 – Draw the outline of Shuriken

Based on the guide lines draw a four-pointed star. You can see how tutorials can be very helpful in this based on examples.

Step 4 – Draw the Hole

For this simple step, draw a small round hole in the center of the paper.

Step 5 – Draw the edges

Outline the edges of the shuriken by drawing another similar shape inside the main outline. You can also draw a second larger circle in the center around the hole.

Step 6 – Clean up and complete the line drawing

After you have all the parts outlined, clean up your drawing and remove the guides. Once done, you can also darken your lines. You can also optionally make the lines defining its main shape slightly thicker than the lines defining the details.

Step 7 – Add Color

To show that shuriken is metal, just make it light gray. You can only do this using a regular pencil.

Step 8 – Add Shadows

Many of you noticed that in the previous example, the drawing looked a bit flat. To fix this, you can give it some very basic shadows that will make the object appear more three-dimensional.

In the example, the light will come from the top left. In this light setup, the shadows will be distributed like the example below.

Remember that in this case the shading is simplified (as is common in anime and manga). The goal is just to get it close enough that it looks believable.

At the same time you want to keep it somewhat subtle. If you make one part too dark compared to the rest, the drawing will start to look more like a mosaic than a whole object.

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