Valentines

How to Draw Cupid

"Cupid, draw back your bow
And let your arrow go
Straight to my lover's heart
For me."
"Cupid" by Sam Cooke, 1961

"Stupid Cupid, stop picking on me!"
"Stupid Cupid" by Connie Francis, 1958

On Valentine's Day and in classical statues, Cupid is depicted as a chubby baby with wings, shooting arrows that cause people to fall in love. He's been immortalized in songs, film, and television. From where does this mythological creature originate?

Cupid was a Roman god of love, the equivalent of the Greek god Eros. He was said to be the son of the the messenger god Mercury, and Venus, the goddess of love. In the Latin language, Cupid's name means "desire." His symbols were the bow and arrow and the torch, depicting the stings and burning passion of love.

Heard of the birds and the bees? This phrase may have its origins, in part, with the god Cupid. In one myth, Cupid attempts to steal honey but is stung. When he complains to his mother that something small should not be so painful, she points out that his arrows are much the same.

Would you like to draw Cupid? This simple, step-by-step drawing tutorial is here to help. You will need only a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to use crayons, colored pencils, or markers to shade your finished drawing.

How to Draw an

The heart is a symbol that has been used to represent love for hundreds of years. Its earliest known use is in a manuscript dated to the 1200s, in which a young man can be seen handing a heart to his lady.

This original heart shape may have been accidental, caused by the character's fingers covering part of a pear or pinecone shape.

Within a hundred years, however, the scalloped heart shape we know today had become common.

The heart may be one of the most recognized symbols in the world. It has been used in heraldry, in art, in logos, in animation, and in many other ways.

Cell phones offer various hearts in their lists of emoticons, symbolizing love, family, or "broken-hearted" sadness. The heart also represents one suite of playing cards.

Bannered hearts with the words "I Love..." are a common motif in the "old school" tattoo style of art.

This style of design uses bold black lines and a simple color palette of purple, red, yellow, green, and black.

Along with birds, roses, anchors, and other symbols, this style of art had been adapted to clothing, school supplies, stationery, and more.

Would you like to draw an "I Love You" heart? This easy, step-by-step heart drawing tutorial is here to show you how.

All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.