How to Hand-Draw a Spade

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A spade is a suit in a deck of cards, as well as the name of a card game
A spade is a suit in a deck of cards, as well as the name of a card game (Image: Zedcor Wholly Owned/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

A spade is one of the four suits (symbols) in a deck of cards. A spade can be used in a drawing for many reasons, and is often seen as part of a tattoo. A spade is simple to draw, making it an ideal subject for artists who are getting started.

Draw an upside down heart in the center of your drawing surface. The heart can be as large as you want it, depending upon how large your drawing will be and in what context the spade will appear. Draw the heart in one pass with your pencil if you can. This will help keep consistency in the size.

Begin two lines from the dip in the heart. Curve each of those lines toward the outer edge of the paper. This will form the beginning of the stem of the spade. When the spade is finished, it will look very much like an oak tree.

Draw a horizontal line connecting the two curved lines you drew in the previous step. This line will complete the stem of the spade. Color the finished sketch either black or red. If you want to add depth to it, begin a line on one side of the spade, slightly offset, and retrace the drawing. You can shade this area to give your spade a 3-D effect.

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