How to Draw a Simple Horse

By | November 15, 2016

How to Draw a Simple Horse

How to Draw a Simple Horse

Drawing a horse is quite a difficult task, because it requires a precise rendering of the proportions of this most beautiful and graceful animal. Step by step instructions allow even children draw it correctly. In this lesson, we will learn to draw a standing horse step by step. Even a professional artist may find it difficult to draw a running horse, so first draw a standing horse and then you can try to draw a horse in motion, including a running one. Pay special attention to drawing the most complicated elements of the horse’s body, namely hind legs and the head. The site offers a step by step tutorial on how to draw the horse’s head in a pencil. See it too, it will help you to draw a horse properly.

1. How to draw a horse, first step

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All drawing lessons of the site are based on using geometric shapes for initial contours of any animal. The horse is drawn in the same way. Using three circles draw the main parts of the torso and join them by lines as shown on the picture. It’s quite easy to draw these contours, but be sure to accurately place them on a sheet of paper relative to each other. Make this step as accurately as possible.

2. Outline the legs

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In this step, you need to draw the outlines of legs, neck and head. Start with the neck line. All you need is to add an upper line to that you have already drawn. Mark with a small circle the end of the horse’s head. Then you can go on with the legs’ outlines. Start with the front legs. Draw two small circles and connect them with straight lines. Draw triangles instead of hooves. The hind legs are harder to draw, maybe because they are bent backward, not forward. And note the legs’ lines don’t begin from the center of the circumference, they are slightly shifted to the left.

3. A general outline of the horse

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Check carefully all the proportions of the horse. The head shouldn’t be too big and legs too short. The hind legs should be bent forward. Check the distance between the hooves, the front legs are almost closed and the hind legs are located as if the horse is getting ready to run. If you are sure, that everything is drawn correctly, then move on to the next step.

4. The horse drawing is nearly finished.

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In this step, we will draw nothing, but erase the unnecessary lines. Fix the lines that you have erased by mistake. Now you see that drawing a horse is very simple. At the third step, you got a real beautiful horse and now it’s only the tail and the heads’ details left.

5. Now let’s refine few details.

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The first steps of drawing are very simple, but require attention to positioning the original contours accurately in relation to each other. The horse’s proportions depend on their location. The next steps require attention to small details. You need carefully draw the eyes, nostrils, ears of the horse. Use a sharp pencil to draw small details. Don’t forget about the tail.

6. The final touches of your picture.

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You now know how to draw a horse, but you should still learn how to draw shadows. It is a complex technique, but use a simple rule of the object lighting. Light falls on the right side, so the left side will be darker. Try to copy the shadows from my picture. You can try to draw a horse in colored pencils or paints.

How to Draw a Horse in Motion

To draw a jumping horse you need to determine the pivot points of the animal. They are the chest and the thigh. Carefully draw the head and the legs in the foreground. The first step-by-step lesson:

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The most difficult thing is to draw the correct proportions of the body, head and neck. Their ratio will make your horse proud and well built. The second step-by-step lesson:

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Now let’s try to draw a frightened horse. It is important to convey the emotions of a frightened horse. Pay attention to the jaw and the nostrils that convey the animal’s mood. Protruding jaws and skull bones make the picture more realistic. The third step-by-step lesson:

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Try to catch the correct proportions between the body parts. Outline the horse’s head, neck, chest using ovals. The fourth step-by-step lesson:

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Properly position the horse’s legs. Pay attention to the bends, joints and hooves. The knowledge in the horse’s anatomy will help you with this step. The fifth step-by-step lesson:

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The perspective requires a more distinct outline of the body parts that are maximally close and tracing those that are hidden from the eye due to the movement. The sixth step-by-step lesson:

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Once you have learnt to draw the horse’s head correctly, you will never forget it. You should see with your own eyes all the muscles and bulges on the horse’s head in order to be able to draw it properly in the future. The seventh step-by-step lesson:

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An old horse has less muscles and fat. To convey its age concentrate on outlining ribs and a sad look. The tenth step-by-step lesson:

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To draw a nice horse’s snout you need a lot of practice. Even a slightest discrepancy in proportions will alter your picture and the horse will lose its proud and bold look. The eleventh step-by-step lesson:

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