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How to Draw a Heart

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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!

1. How to Draw a Heart

Step 1

Draw two identical circles side by side.

draw two circles

Step 2

Cross them with two lines to divide them into quarters.

divide circles into quarters

Step 3

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

draw a line udner circles

Step 4

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

draw a vertcial line under circles

Step 5

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

draw a rectangle udner circles

Step 6

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

draw more sections

Step 7

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

divide inner section

Step 8

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

divide into thirds

Step 9

Draw the outline of the heart through the guide lines:

draw the tip of the heart
draw bottom of the heart
draw sides of the heart
draw whole heart

Step 10

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

draw huge circle

Step 11

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

draw two smaller circles

Step 12

Outline the circles.

outline the circles

Step 13

Outline the upper part of the heart.

draw upper part of heart

Step 14

Sketch the oval base of the pulmonary artery.

draw base of artery

Step 15

Sketch its general shape and direction.

draw shape of artery

Step 16

Add some thickness in the branching.

draw thickness of artery

Step 17

Draw both ends of the artery.

draw openings of artery

Step 18

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

draw 3d shape of artery

Step 19

Outline the artery.

outline artery

Step 20

Draw the aorta using the same method:

sketch base of aorta
sketch shape of aorta
sketch thickness of aorta
draw 3d form of aorta
outline aorta

Step 21

The aorta has some branching on top:

draw details of aorta
draw branching of aorta
draw openings of branching of aorta
draw 3d shape of branching of aorta
finsih the aorta

Step 22

Don't forget about the vena cava!

draw opening of vena cava
draw direction of vena cava
draw opening of vena cava
draw 3d shape of vena cava
draw outline of vena cava
draw side of vena cava
draw branching of vena cava
draw opening of branching of vena cava
draw 3d shape of side of vena cava
draw outline of branching vena cava

Step 23

Add some pulmonary veins to make the heart more detailed.

sketch pulmonary veins
sketch 3d form of pulmonary veins
outline pulmonary veins

Step 24

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

draw small arteries
draw small veins
draw the blood vessels
finish blood vessels

2. How to Finish a Drawing of a Heart

Step 1

Outline the basic shape of the heart.

outline the shape of heart

Step 2

Outline the "pipes".

outline the pipes

Step 3

Add some thickness to the openings of the pipes.

outline the thickness of the pipes

Step 4

Draw the base of the pipes.

draw the base of the pipes

Step 5

Outline the blood vessels.

draw detailed blood vessels

Step 6

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

accentuate 3d form of pipes
add details to the heart
shade the heart

Step 7

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

make the heart darker

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!

how to draw a heart step by step
how to draw a heart step by step
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