How to Draw a Concave Hexagon

By Nicole Newman
Hexagons are six-sided polygons.

A polygon is a closed figure that has three or more sides. There are several types of polygons, such as hexagons, which have six sides. Polygons are often regular and consist of internal diagonals, or line segments that connect two nonconsecutive endpoints. Many polygons are drawn as convex polygons, in which no diagonal lies outside of the shape. However, there are many irregular-shaped polygons in which at least one diagonal lies outside of the polygon.

Draw a regular hexagon in which all of the signs are the same length using a protractor and a pencil. Use the shape of a stop sign as a guide.

Erase two adjacent sides of the hexagon with an eraser.

Draw the two new sides inward, until each reaches the center of the hexagon.

Repeat steps 1 to 3 with two other sides, if applicable.

About the Author

Nicole Newman is a Dartmouth College associate who works in Tiltfactor Laboratory, Dartmouth's premier game design center. Her research has included investigating the digital humanities through "Writing as a Dimensional Artifact" and "Evolution of the Ghetto: The Decline of America’s Inner Cities," a research initiative on urban design.