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Sometimes the simple things are the hardest to draw. A heart shape, for example—deceptively simple, but it's so easy to mess it up! In this tutorial I will show you how to draw a perfectly symmetrical heart step by step. Show your love for someone by drawing them a perfect little heart!

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1. How to Draw a Heart

Step 1

Draw two identical circles side by side.

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Step 2

Cross them with two lines to divide them into quarters.

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Step 3

Draw a line under the circles, connecting their vertical middle lines.

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Step 4

Draw another line down from the middle of it. It should be slightly shorter than the diameter of the circles.

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Step 5

Draw a horizontal line below, and enclose it with two vertical lines touching the sides of the circles.

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Step 6

Divide each half of the "rectangle" into halves, and make the line under the circles longer.

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Step 7

Draw a horizontal line in the middle of the inner rectangle.

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Step 8

Divide the extension of the line under the circles into thirds.

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Step 9

Draw the outline of the heart through the guide lines:

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Step 10

Draw a huge circle almost covering the heart, slightly shifted to the right.

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Step 11

Draw two more circles on its top and bottom. The top one should be bigger.

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Step 12

Outline the circles.

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Step 13

Outline the upper part of the heart.

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Step 14

Sketch the oval base of the pulmonary artery.

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Step 15

Sketch its general shape and direction.

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Step 16

Add some thickness in the branching.

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Step 17

Draw both ends of the artery.

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Step 18

"Copy" the side of the base oval all along the guide lines to figure out the final shape.

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Step 19

Outline the artery.

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Step 20

Draw the aorta using the same method:

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outline aortaoutline aortaoutline aorta

Step 21

The aorta has some branching on top:

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Step 22

Don't forget about the vena cava!

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draw outline of vena cavadraw outline of vena cavadraw outline of vena cava
draw side of vena cavadraw side of vena cavadraw side of vena cava
draw branching of vena cavadraw branching of vena cavadraw branching of vena cava
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draw 3d shape of side of vena cavadraw 3d shape of side of vena cavadraw 3d shape of side of vena cava
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Step 23

Add some pulmonary veins to make the heart more detailed.

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Step 24

Add some small arteries and veins on the surface of the heart.

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2. How to Finish a Drawing of a Heart

Step 1

Outline the basic shape of the heart.

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Step 2

Outline the "pipes".

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Step 3

Add some thickness to the openings of the pipes.

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Step 4

Draw the base of the pipes.

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Step 5

Outline the blood vessels.

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Step 6

Add some subtle shading made with lines to accentuate the 3D form of the heart.

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Step 7

By adding more lines on the surface of the heart, you can make it look darker.

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So Pretty!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you want to keep drawing other things, check out one of these:

Oh, and don't forget to check the date of this post!

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