Another thing you can do is buy a circle template like this one. These templates have a variety of sizes and you'll get a perfect circle every time.
Here are a couple of options for circle templates that you can get from Amazon:
- For big circles - Westcott Circles Template, Jumbo
- For small circles - Westcott Circle Template, Small
Method 3: The Pro Artist's Way
Use your entire arm to create a motion that simulates a circle as you hover over the paper. Grip your pencil in your fingers. When you get the motion right, set down the lead and sketch the circle. Then just go over the edge of the circle freehand to darken it a bit more. A lot of professional artists use this method, but it IS more difficult. That's why I use the first method in my tutorials.
Some people find it easier to draw circles using this method if they hold the pencil like this. Give it a try! Hover over the paper as you make the motion of the circle, then set down the pencil's lead when you get it right. Remember, use your ENTIRE arm as you make the circular motion. It will give you better results. Using only your wrist or fingers for the motion may work for smaller circles, but for the most part, you want to use your whole arm.
The following is a good exercise to practice the motion of your arm. Using a pen or marker, trace the edge of an object with a round edge like we did in the second method. Now with your pencil, trace over the ink again and again. This may be tedious , but it's a great way to practice the arm movement needed to perfect the third method.
Method 4: The Compass
Of course, you can always use a compass! But this is used mainly for technical drawing and drafting. A downside to this is that the compass may create a hole in your paper, and that's not good for drawing. So why was this method included? Because you can actually use your pinky finger as a compass!
Grip your pencil and set the lead and your pinky down on the paper. Then just spin the paper around your pinky to create the circle. After enough practice, you can get very good circles. The tricky part is swiveling the paper. Grip your pencil, set the edge of your pinky down on the paper and swivel the paper a bit to test it out. Then just set the lead down and draw the circle! Turn the paper whichever direction is more comfortable for you. Push down with your pinky hard enough so that the paper doesn't move side to side too much but light enough so that it swivels around freely. This method is great, but it may be tricky if you have to draw multiple circles close to each other.
If you would still like to use a compass for your drawings here are some options you can get from amazon:
- For simple sketching, either one of these is fine - Charles Leonard Compass or Staedtler Geometry Compass
- For more accurate drafting or technical drawings, this is a good option - Staedtler Masterbow Compass
Each method has advantages and drawbacks, so pick whichever suits you best. But above all, remember to practice!