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STEP 1. So, like any good artist, we need to get familiar with our work station. Whether you're working digitally or traditionally, it's important to get familiar with what you're using to create your artwork. For this piece I used paint tool SAI, so before I begin I need to remember the essentials to keeping my technique consistent. If you use Paint Tool SAI, the image will be EXTREMELY helpful for you; it has information and tips on what everything is in SAI.   STEP 2. So, once familiar with our workstation, we want to begin. I could talk about how the heart works all day, but it wouldn't help you draw a heart right. Sure, if you knew all the anatomy behind the heart you could draw it accurately-but if you don't PRACTICE and DRAW hearts from REFERENCES, you're not going to get any experience with fleshing out the shape of a heart. You have to practice and find reference images, they'll save you from making big mistakes.   STEP 3. Now I added this dark tone with the paint bucket tool because even if I have a sketch, I want to begin with my background entirely colored so I can edit without white in the background, it could potentially cause you to make errors you can't even see if you don't start with some kind of background color. For those drawing on paper, you want to draw the heart out first and make outlines of everything.   STEP 4. Now this part was pretty easy. For those drawing on paper, you just make curves across the page, as so. For those doing it digitally, I drew a curve across the screen and filled it in with the paint bucket tool. During preliminary sketching and lying out colors to paint over, the paint bucket tool can be somewhat useful. You need to edit the settings for it, though, and make sure it fills an object in completely before moving on.   STEP 5. The following image shows you the 'grounds' portrayed in his image. It's important to know the foreground, mid-ground, and background rest on a particular drawing you've done, if all three are existent. Click the image to see the process.   STEP 6. Next I added some shading to the 'walls' and highlights as well. You want to add depth to them so they don't appear the exact same each and every time.   STEP 7. Next, I bring back in my heart-layer so I can easily edit it. If you'e drawing traditionally, you have to pay attention to the tonal values, because if you want to shade/highlight you have to convey the tonal values and reflect it into your drawing. You can use crayons, colored pencils, or pencil, whichever suits.   STEP 8. Next, for the background, I added an overlay layer of orange, and dimmed down the opacity until it was at an eye-pleasing level.   STEP 9. Now I begin to lighten/shade the heart. Remember, if you're working digitally, never use black and white to shade/highlight. To give a drawing variation, you need to give it many colors. In the world we see this is apparent; if you look at a leaf outside you'd say it's green, but i'd tell you that's wrong. Light and darkness give objects different tonal values, so a green leaf is not always particularly green. Our eyes absorb the color of what we see, and unless it's a plain color before us, an object cannot be 'just one color'.   STEP 10. I add more tonal values to the heart.   STEP 11. Click the image in this step and read carefully-it explains the coloring process for the heart.   STEP 12. So I continue with my coloring technique, and add the vein-y part at the heart's right on this image.   STEP 13. Here I add some lightening to the veins in the back.   STEP 14. Here i use the 'Addition' layer option to bring out a vibrant red tone, it makes it look like the blood/blood cells inside are vibrant and glowing.   STEP 15. I add some more lighting to the large tubes.   STEP 16. Next I begin to work on the background. Without light from the background, this piece looks rather dull-so I decided to push it further by adding more light.   STEP 17. Next I localized the lighting and added a fuzzy effect with 'fuzzystatic', a brush that I think should be pre-loaded on SAI when you get it, i'm not quite sure though. It's the equivalent to 'noise' in photoshop.   STEP 18. I then add a new layer above everything and create this vector line that goes across the drawing. It's like one of those lines you see on a heart monitor, that's what I wanted to imply.   STEP 19. In photoshop, I duplicated the layer, moved it below, and used 'motion blur'. Motion blur blurs the contents of a particular layer you wish to edit, that's how I got this blurred variation. Finally, you're done with the piece. Thanks for all the support guys. If you have any tutorial requests or suggestions feel free to IM me. I might be doing another tutorial in the near future over 'How to Create Characters'. If you're interested in me doing a tutorial like that, leave me a comment. Thanks again everyone.   Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. Step 6. Step 7. Step 8. Step 9. Step 10. Step 11. Step 12. Step 13. Step 14. Step 15. Step 16. Step 17. Step 18. Step 19.