how to draw a heart (with style)




Learning how to draw a heart is definitely something anyone can do. In fact, we all went to the process of sketching a cute cartoon heart at least once during our lifetime. Whether it was for Valentine's Day or simply while writing a letter or a note to someone we care about. In this tutorial, I will show you a few basic things you can do to make this basic activity more challenging and most important, more enjoyable. ;)

How to draw a heart (with style)

How to draw a heart in three easy steps

First, let's see how you could draw a simple heart with basic effects in just three easy steps. Don't worry! You can learn more about this lesson and have access to all steps here. First, we need to sketch two large oval shapes and a triangle. Then, you can add colors and a gradient effect. Finally, just add some shadows and reflections to end up with a nice classic version of a heart.

Had fun drawing this cute illustration? Let's see how we can make this subject even more interesting using a few simple variations that are easy to implement.

How to draw a heart (with style)
How to draw a heart (with style)
How to draw a heart (with style)

Playing with the shape of the cartoon heart

Remember that a heart doesn't have to be symmetrical or drawn using perfect shapes. You can also play with perspective, proportions or even make the bottom much larger than the top. Possibilities are endless. Just be creative and draw anything you like ... as long as the heart is still easy to read and recognizable.

How to draw a heart (with style)
How to draw a heart (with style)
How to draw a heart (with style)

Outlines and colors don't need to be perfectly aligned

This simple tip is one of my favorites. Yep ... the shape of the subject and the strokes used to define this one can look slightly different. This technique is very easy to use and when done properly, results are visually appealing and fun to look at.

How to draw a heart (with style)
How to draw a heart (with style)
How to draw a heart (with style)

you can also apply textures inside the subject

Why add plain colors (pretty boring) when you can add cool textures inside your heart? Of course, not all textures are appropriated, but it can be a good idea to experiment with a few of them and see how it goes. It's easy to get lost using this technique, so just remember to keep it simple.

How to draw a heart (with style)
How to draw a heart (with style)
How to draw a heart (with style)

3D shapes can also be a good alternative

All three images below are now featuring a cool 3D aspect. It can be difficult to draw a 3D object using only pencils or markers, but fortunately it's quite easy to do using a vector application. In fact, there is not much to do except select the shape and play with it. Pretty cool, don't you think?

How to draw a heart (with style)
How to draw a heart (with style)
How to draw a heart (with style)

Simple and minimalist can also be nice

Here is something quite different. In this example, no colors were used. Only simply lines that are pointed on both ends. This technique is also very easy to apply and can produce wonderful result when use wisely. Remember that simple illustrations are usually harder to achieved. Why? Simply because mistakes are easier to notice!

How to draw a heart (with style)
How to draw a heart (with style)
How to draw a heart (with style)

Create, mix things and enjoy!

It's now time for you to experiment how to draw a heart using cool effects like the ones we just tried. Don't hesitate to mix a few of these techniques together. However, be careful not to create a confusing image filled with too many techniques that don't work well together. Keep it simple and just let your creativity do the rest. Have fun! :)


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