How to Make a Simple Pixel Art Heart

Pixel art is a great way for people to design digitally on a computer, using pixels to form colorful images that can turn into fun images! If you're new to pixel art and would like to create something simple, a pixel heart is an ideal image to start off with and only requires a few steps to create.


Choose a program to create your heart on.

Sandbox is a great pixel art app for mobile devices. On a desktop computer, Pixlr, GIMP, Photoshop, Pixilart, and Paint.NET are good options.

  • You can draw one on graph paper, if you wish.

Select a black color and draw the bottom of the heart.

This should just be one pixel and should be on the middle-bottom of the page.

Put pixels diagonally up from the bottom point of the heart, going outwards.

It should go to the side and up one square each time. Both sides should be the same length. Do six up on each side, including the bottom point.

Add a pixel above the top pixels on each side.

Put two pixels diagonally up from each side, going inwards.

Put two more pixels diagonally next to the top pixel on each side.

Finish the outline of your heart.

Close the outline of the image by adding two pixels diagonally down from the two top pixels just added. Close the gap by adding a pixel diagonally underneath the two pixels.

Color your heart.

The color and design your heart is ultimately up to you. Traditionally, hearts are colored red, but feel free to be creative with it and add your own, personal touch. Consider a rainbow-colored heart, a heart with polka-dots, or a gradient heart.


  • You can make larger hearts once you have mastered the basics.
  • You can get inspiration by searching “pixel art hearts” on the web. Be careful about copying someone else’s work, however, as some of it is copyrighted.

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