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How to Draw a Broken Bleeding Heart in Pastel

This bleeding and broken emo heart is fun and easy to draw. You’ll learn that hearts are not as difficult to draw as you think, once you break down the shape.

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Please note- Pastels can be rather messy to work with, especially the powdery ones. The dust can get everywhere. If you have breathing issues, I recommend to do this craft in a well ventilated area, preferably outside.

Drawing the Base of your Broken Heart

Start with your pencil and paper. Draw a big “m” on your paper, which is the top of your heart. Then draw a “v” underneath the “m”, connecting them. This is the rough base of your base. The bottom of the “v” should be lined up with the middle of the “m”.

Drawing the Blood Drippings on Your Broken Heart Base

After your heart base is drawn, you can draw the drippings. Note the heart sort of sits on top of the blood, but the shape closely follows the heart. Remember that gravity is a thing, and the blood will drip down and in a sort of blob at the end where it pools up as the weight slowly pulls it down. Draw some slightly wavy lines with a curve on the end for the basic blood drip. For the double blood drip, I did the same thing but pulled it away from the base a bit more so it looked split up slightly.

Adding Color to your Blood Drippings

So you have your base ready to go, make sure any lines are faded with your kneaded eraser so it is more easy to cover with pastel. Remember they are only guidelines for where to apply color. Start from the very bottom of your blood drippings and work up to the top of your heart. I first put a little bit of purplish blue pastel down and then red on the rest of the blood dripping and around the base of the heart to blend it in, and used my finger to blend. You can also use a q-tip to blend. Add as many layers as needed to blend to your satisfaction.

Coloring the broken heart

Here I sort of broke a rule of pastel- we never outline when working with pastels. However, I had to make the heart stand apart from the drippings. I put down some dark pink and added a very thin black line and blended it in, to make the pigment darker. After that, I filled in half the heart with dark pink and then added light pink, outlining with dark pink to make it more sharp and blending light and dark pink where they meet so it smoothly transitions. If you tried to recreate this artwork, please let me know how it turned out; I would love to see it.

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