If I have already talked about drawing a circle and want to say to draw a big circle, is it right to say it like this:

Draw it big.

For this next sentence, would I need an adverb in the blank or an adjective?

Draw (SOMETHING) ________ .

If an adverb is needed there, can I use the word big as that adverb? Can big be an adverb?

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    It's not an adverb. It's an adjective that describes the thing you're drawing. If you were drawing a frightening monster, you would say "Draw it fierce" and not "Draw it fiercely." If you said "Draw it fiercely," then "fierce" would describe you while you were drawing it. – Peter Shor Jan 1 '16 at 14:00
  • Think of the difference between 'mark an answer wrong' and 'mark an answer wrongly'. – Edwin Ashworth Jan 1 '16 at 14:02
  • Grammatically, Draw a circle big is "valid", but in practice any native speaker would normally say Draw a big circle. – FumbleFingers Jan 1 '16 at 14:04
  • @PeterShor - However, "big" is potentially different from "fierce", as it may be taken to apply to the verb "draw" vs the artwork produced. – Hot Licks Jan 1 '16 at 14:12
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    @FumbleFingers - But one would not say "Draw a big it". "Draw it big" is proper when the subject is a pronoun. – Hot Licks Jan 1 '16 at 14:15

You don't want an adverb - adverbs modify verbs. You want an adjective, which modifies nouns.

You aren't telling somebody to change how they are drawing, you are asking them to change what they are drawing.

Draw a bigger circle.

Draw a big circle.

or with the pronoun

Draw it big.

Draw it bigger.

'big' and 'bigger' are adjectives, modifying 'circle' or 'it'.

Draw a circle quickly.

Draw it quickly.

'quickly' is an adverb, modifying 'draw'.

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