How To Draw The Malaysia Flag
I learnt it the hard way, and there is no reason why all of you should go through the same experience. As I was saying earlier, I’ve been working on a Merdeka Campaign at work for this National Day Celebration and have came out with various concepts for communication purposes. One of the essentials was the Malaysia Flag. It looked like a simple one to tackle so I chose to trace a flag from a photo taken assuming that if I vectorise a real flag, I will not get it wrong (assuming that all printed flags are accurate and precise). But I was wrong. There are many wrongly printed Malaysia flags out there.
Here’s how to make sure that the Malaysia flag you draw is accurate and precise, and according to the guidelines (which once again is not provided at the Government website). I really do think that they should provide a guideline on their website to avoid people getting the flag wrong; it’s good education for all Malaysians.
There are various sizes of a flag. It could be the standard 2ft(h) x 4ft(w) or 6ft(h) x 12ft(h), but one thing remains the same: the ratio of the flag. It’s always 1:2. Refer to the image presented above. I have demonstrated it using the simplest measurement: one unit for each stripe. It would be easier to draw with this measurement as guidelines. Before you start, keep in mind that there are always 14 stripes and 14 pointers in Malaysia flag.
First of all, please ensure that there are 8 stripes next to the blue canton, both of which takes up an equal width of the flag. Ensure that the first stripe at the top starts with red, and then alternates with white stripes. So you’ll have 4 pairs of red and white next to the blue canton. The remaining 6 stripes takes on the full width of the flag directly the blue canton. Now that you have set the ratio right, it’s time to tackle the moon and star. Refer below for a detail diagram on how it should be drawn.
Looks easy right? I thought so too. But here’s something I discovered yesterday about Malaysia Flag: there can only be four(4) pointers pointing to the inner part of the moon. Not more, not less – exactly four. As long as you get that right, you have successfully drawn the Malaysia flag. (If you go out and look at all the flag around you with this insight in mind, you will notice that 50% of the flags out there are all wrong)
So you’ve got the vector ready and placing the flag anywhere you want it to be would be a piece of cake. But what about the colours? I have spent hours searching for the actual colour code in the Internet, books and encyclopedias but my efforts were in vain. It just cannot be found. As of current, here’s the set of colour code I’m using for the flag.
- Dark Blue (100C, 95M)
- Yellow (100Y)
- Red (100M, 100Y)
- White (none)
If you have found the actual colour code for the flag, kindly share with me. I would really appreciate it. Anyway, since I have drawn the flag for this post, here’s sharing it with all of you. It’s FREE for both commercial and personal use. Leave a comment should you have any enquiries regarding Malaysia flag.