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I'm Eni Oken, artist and author of hundreds of articles, tutorials and books in print and online. For over 30 years I've explored art, color theory, fantasy and ornamental design.

Certified Zentangle® Teacher

Certified Zentangle® Teacher

Carved Doodle Heart

This Carved Heart was created in inked line art and shaded using pencil+blending techniques. [clear]

I liked the results so much I made a tutorial on how to shade the various elements, one step at a time.

Shading a doodle can turn a line drawing into a fabulous carved heart

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The tutorial has 19 pages and 41 Illustrations, showing step by step how to shade a doodle heart drawing. Includes the line art for you to try it yourself!



  • Regular HB Pencils
  • 6B Pencil
  • Clean Blending Stump
  • Dirty Blending Stump
  • Inking Pens
  • Micro Eraser (or a thin slice of regular white eraser)


This is not a video tutorial. You must be familiar with some basic drawing skills such as ink line drawing, and also how to use a pencil and blending stump.


Look what a difference shading can make on a drawing:



All of my ebooks are digitally enhanced so that you can see exactly which steps to take:

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