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The TiKz command for an arc:

\draw (0,0) arc (-30:30:2) ;

Draws an arc that starts at (0,0), and would be the part of the circle from -30 degrees to +30 degrees of radius 2.


It is very hard to place these arc sometimes. This is the symbol i want to draw:


(This represents an eye and needs more detail).

I want to draw the arc as _part of a circle with center at where the < meets, but I have to currently fudge the start location of the arc so it properly crosses the < (and it's not even exact).

If I could do a circle from -45 to +45 degrees CENTERED at the <, then that would be much easier.

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Here is an answer, using the technique described here, with more detail,


\draw (\ex,\ey) -- ++(-15:1)
      (\ex,\ey) -- ++(15:1);
\draw (\ex,\ey) ++(45:.8) arc (45:-45:.8);

eye right

The secret to this is in the last line,

\draw (\ex,\ey) ++(45:.8)

Jumps the draw cursor to "the 45 degree position on a circle of radius 0.8", without drawing anything (achieved by using only ++ and not any -- in the command)

Then, from there, we draw an arc

arc (45:-45:.8);

from 45 degrees to -45 degrees, of what would be a circle of radius .8.

Pretty roundabout way to do this, but still it works fine.


My finished eye:

finished eye


\draw[rotate around={\eRot:(\ex,\ey)}] (\ex,\ey) -- ++(-.5*\eAp:\eyeSize)
     (\ex,\ey) -- ++(.5*\eAp:\eyeSize);
\draw (\ex,\ey) ++(\eRot+\eAp:.75*\eyeSize) arc (\eRot+\eAp:\eRot-\eAp:.75*\eyeSize);

\draw[fill=gray] (\ex,\ey) ++(\eRot+\eAp/3:.75*\eyeSize) % start point
  arc (\eRot+180-\eAp:\eRot+180+\eAp:.28*\eyeSize);

%PUPIL, a filled arc 
\draw[fill=black] (\ex,\ey) ++(\eRot+\eAp/3:.75*\eyeSize) % start point
  arc (\eRot+\eAp/3:\eRot-\eAp/3:.75*\eyeSize);

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