How to Draw a Heart
In this drawing lesson we learn how to draw a heart.
hearts are very simple objects, it can still be tricky to draw good
looking ones. The problem is usually the symmetry.
It can be difficult
to draw one side of the heart exactly as a mirror version of the other.
Often one side ends up being a
But exactly this can be used to our
advantage when we draw the heart in 3D, looking at it from a side
Here is how it works.
to Draw a Heart in 3D
by drawing one side of the heart, which is nothing but a hook in a
special shape. At the top all hooks have the same rounded hump.
But there are three different shapes you can give to the lower part of
1. Draw it straight.
2. Draw it as an extension of the hump, so that it curves down to the
bottom of the heart without interruption.
3. Draw it curving into the opposite direction than the hump.
Then draw in the other side of the heart.
Do not draw it from the end of the first hump, but let it grow out of
its side. Make it narrower than the first one.
This makes the heart look like it is shown from a side angle.
The left side is closer to us and therefore larger, while the right
is farer away from us and therefore smaller.
Of course you can also draw it the other way round and make the right
side the bigger one.
Since the heart is not symmetric from this point of view, you don't
have to worry about the exact size of the second half.
There is just one thing you have to watch out for:
The tip of the first hook shouldn't point directly
downwards, like in the left picture. This makes the side of the heart
look flat and not rounded.
Draw the middle line slightly diagonal instead, like in the right
This represents a heart with rounded sides much better.
to Draw a Heart in 2D
When drawing 2D hearts we have to pay attention to their symmetry.
Often one side of the heart will accidentally get bigger than the other
one, so that the heart looks weird in the end.
prevent this, slightly sketch two circles of equal size next to each
other. If you want to make it easy, take a coin, or
some other round object, place it on your paper and then lead the
pencil around it to get your circles.
Now you can use these circles as a guide for drawing your heart shapes.
This should make it easy to give the same size to both humps on the top.
You still have to watch out while drawing the bottom of the hearts,
though. Be sure to check that each side looks like a mirror version of
Erase the circles, when you are done with the heart shapes, and your 2D
hearts are finished.
How to Draw a Heart in Color
Red, Blue, Pink and Violet are the best heart colors in my opinion.
But of course you can choose any color you want.
Brown chocolate hearts would also be a reasonable choice, since there
are a lot of heart shaped pralines out there.
If you want to add a 3D effect to your hearts, you can shade them.
This just means that you color one side of the heart a bit brighter and
make the other slightly darker.
Below are a few examples.
The yellow arrows represent the direction from which light is shining
on the heart.
first four hearts where colored in different techniques using computer
software, while the last two were colored with good, old-fashioned
But no matter what sort of material you use, the principle
is always the same: Make the heart brighter along the edges which are
hit by the light, and make it darker on the opposite site.
to point out the left heart in the second row here, because I
particularly like its look.
This way of "shading" is very easy. You
just draw a white line along the edge of the bright side, and darker
the edges of the shadowy side. And that's it.
It is very simple, but has a nice, cartoon-like 3D effect.
you have drawn your heart, consider giving it additional accessories
like wings at the back, a little crown sitting on top of one hump,
a smiling face inside of it, etc.
Such hearts make a great decoration on self-made items like invitation
So far so good.
See you soon for another upcoming drawing lesson.