Learning and drawing with Python Turtle

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Drawing a square

Python Turtle is a great resource to encourage kids to learn basic programming. It can be used to draw various shapes and patterns on a canvas, get throw mazes, and create video games.

from turtle import * # It imports the turtle module.
def draw_square(side): # This function draws squares.
    for i in range(4): # We repeat this process four times (a square has four equal sides)
        forward(side) # The turtle moves forward.
        right(90) # The turtle turns right 90 degrees counter-clockwise.
if __name__ == "__main__": # This is always the starting point.

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Drawing a triangle

from turtle import * # It imports the turtle module.
def draw_triangle(side): # It draws triangles.
    for i in range(3): # An equilateral triangle has three equal sides and angles.
        forward(side) # The turtle moves forward.
        right(120)  # The turtle turns right 120 degrees counter-clockwise.
if __name__ == "__main__": # This is always the starting point.

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The value 120 for the rotation angle is due to the fact that an equilateral triangle has three 60 degrees angles and 180 – 60 = 120.

Drawing a polygon

from turtle import * # It imports the turtle module.
def draw_polygon(side, n): # It draws polygons.
    color('red', 'yellow') # It sets the pen color and the fill color.
    begin_fill() # It needs to be called just before drawing a shape to be filled.
    for i in range(n):
        forward(side) # The turtle moves forward.
        right(360/n) # The turtle turns right 360/n degrees counter-clockwise.

    end_fill()  # It fills the shape drawn after the last call to begin_fill() 
    exitonclick() # It pauses the execution of the program and waits for the user to click the mouse to exit.
if __name__ == "__main__": # This is always the starting point.
    draw_polygon(200, 6)

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Drawing an asterisk

def draw_asterisk():
    for i in range(6):
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and a star

def draw_star(side):
    color('red', 'yellow')
    for i in range(5):

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Random Drawing

def draw_random():
    speed(0) # It sets the turtle's speed, 0 is the fastest.
    colormode(255) # It sets the color mode.
    my_random_direction = [forward, right, left, backward, circle, dot]
    my_random_color = ["red", "blue", "green", "yellow", "purple", "orange"] # my_random_color is a list of color.
    while True:
        r = random.randint(0, 50) # It returns a random integer N in [0, 50].
        color(random.choice(my_random_color)) # It sets a random color from my_random_color.
        random.choice(my_random_direction)(r) # It sets the turtle to randomly move forward (forward(r)) or backward (backward(r)), turn right (right(r)) or left (left(r)), draw a circle (circle(r)) or a circular dot (dot(r)). 
if __name__ == "__main__":

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Drawing a spiral

from turtle import * # It imports the module turtle
def draw_spiral():
    speed(0) # It sets the turtle's speed, 0 is the fastest.
    bgcolor('black') # It sets the background color to black.
    colormode(255) # It sets the color mode. 
    # It is almost the same than drawing a square. We move forward, then right but instead of 90 degrees, just a little more 90.901.
    for i in range(400):       
        color(random.randint(0,255), random.randint(0,255), random.randint(0,255)) # It sets a random color.
        forward(50 + i)  
if __name__ == "__main__":

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Drawing a beautiful rainbow

def draw_semicircle(c, radius):
    circle(radius,180) # We only draw half a circle
    circle(radius,180) # The turtle moves the second half of the circle, but we don't draw it.

def draw_rainbow():
    radius = 60 # It sets the initial radius to 60.
    myScreen = Screen() # It creates a turtle screen object.
    myScreen.setup(600, 400) # It changes the size of the window.
    myScreen.bgcolor('black')  # It changes its background color.
    # We declare the colors of the rainbow in a list.
    rainbow_colors = ['violet','indigo','blue','green','yellow', 'orange','red']
    for r in range(len(rainbow_colors)):
        draw_semicircle(rainbow_colors[r], radius) 
        radius += 20 # It increases the circle's radius by 20.
if __name__ == "__main__":

This code is inspired by Bhutan python coders. It makes learning python programming very easy. Go to Tutorials, Turtle.

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Racing Turtles

Let's have some fun and add some racing turtles.

class myTurtle(Turtle): # Our class myTurtle will inherit the properties and methods from the Turtle class
    die = [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]
    def __init__(self, color, shape, positionx, positiony):  
        super().__init__() # We call the constructor of the parent class from the constructor of the child class.
        self.color(color) # It changes the color of our turtle.
        self.shape(shape) # It changes the shape of our turtle: “arrow”, “turtle”, “circle”, “square”, “triangle”, “classic”.
        self.penup() # Let's draw the finishing point. We don't want to draw when we are placing the turtle in the finishing point.
        self.goto(300, positiony-40)
        self.circle(40) # The turtle's finishing point is going to be a filled circle.

        self.penup() # We don't want to draw when we are placing the turtle in its starting position.
        self.goto(positionx, position) 
        self.pendown() # It will ensure the turtle draws when it is moving.
    def win(self): # If the turtle's x-coordinate is greater than 290, the turtle has won.
        if round(self.xcor()) >= 290: return True
            return False

    def move(self): # The turtle moves forward ten times the die's result. 
        random_die = random.choice(self.die) # It returns a randomly selected element from 1 to 6. 
        self.forward(10 * random_die)
        self.write(die_outcome) # It prints the die's result.

def race():    
    player_one = myTurtle("green", "turtle", -300, 100) # We create two instances of our class myTurtle.
    player_two = myTurtle("blue", "turtle", -300, -100)
    no_winner = True
    while no_winner: # We play the racing game as long as there are no winners.
        if player_one.win(): # If player_one wins, the race is finished and we print a message.
            print("Player One Wins!")
            no_winner = False
        elif player_two.win():
            print("Player Two Wins!")
            no_winner = False
            player_one_turn = input("Press 'Enter' to roll the die ")
            player_one.move() # The turtle player_one moves.
            player_two_turn = input("Press 'Enter' to roll the die ")
            player_two.move() # The turtle player_two moves.

if __name__ == "__main__":
    race() # Let's play the game.

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