Learn how to draw hearts using simple shapes and a few basic effects. I already covered how to draw a simple heart using two circles and a triangle on this site. In this lesson, I will show you how to use the same technique, but go a little bit further by adding a few effects to add some volume and depth to the illustration.
Before proceeding with the written version of this lesson, you can start with the basic video below that will show you how to sketch a simple cartoon heart. Once you are comfortable sketching hearts, you can try adding more effects on your illustrations as shown on the bottom of this page ... :)
First, draw two circles next to each other and add a triangle on the bottom as show in the image below. These basic shapes will be used as a guideline to create the shape of the heart.
Next, draw some long curved lines to illustrate the heart. As you can see below, you don't need to follow the exact path of the basic shapes. You can be creative and add a simple curved on the bottom of the heart (near the corner) to end up with something more dynamic, more appealing.
Add some colors inside the shape. The heart can be filled with a red color and the outline can also be filled with a darker red color.
If you are using a vector application, you can select the gradient fill tool to add a bright red color and a darker one on the heart. A circular fill can enhance the shape in a way that a linear fill cannot.
Continue by sketching two large circles on the heart as show on the image below. These new shapes must be filled in white.
Using transparency, you can partially hide the bottom of these shapes and keep the top slightly visible. This technique is quite useful to create depth and volume on a shape.
Repeat the same technique, only this time it must be applied on a white triangle that you can sketch on the bottom of the illustration. Use transparency to create the same effect.
Nice work! You can use these techniques to create more effects on the illustration if you want to. Feel free to experiment and try new things. Have fun! :)
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