Learning to draw a horse is a rather difficult task since it requires the accurate representation of the proportions of this most beautiful and graceful animal. But, if you draw a horse in stages, then it is quite possible to draw it correctly even for children. In this lesson, we will learn how to draw a standing horse, step by step, drawing its outlines.
Even an artist is hard to draw a picture of a running horse, so first, make the drawing of the horse standing motionless, and after this lesson, you can try to draw other drawings of horses, including a running horse. The most difficult elements of a horse’s drawing are the hind legs and the horse’s head; pay special attention to these details. The site has a lesson on how to draw a horse’s head in stages with a simple pencil. Look at it too, it will help you draw the horse correctly.
1. How to Draw a Horse, the First Step of Drawing
All the lessons on our website are based on the use of geometric shapes, as the initial forms of the drawing of any animal. Horse drawing is made in the same way. Using three circles, draw the main parts of the body and connect them with lines, as in my picture. Drawing these shapes is easy, but it’s important to precisely position them on a piece of paper concerning each other. Try to make this step of drawing the horse as accurate as possible.
2. Add the Outlines of the Legs in Figure
In the second step, you need to draw the outlines of the legs, neck, and head. Start with the neckline of the horse. To do it, you just need to add another upper neckline to the drawn one. Mark in a small circle on the figure where the horse’s head will end. After that, you can begin to draw the outlines of the legs.
Start by drawing your front legs. To do this, draw two pairs of small circles and connect them with straight lines. Instead of hooves, draw triangles. The back legs are more difficult to get, perhaps because they bend not forward, but backward. Besides, note that the lines of the legs do not start from the center of the circle, but are slightly shifted to the left.
3. The General Outline of the Horse
Check carefully that all horse proportions are respected. Are the head too big and short legs? Hind legs bent back? Check the distance between the hooves, the front legs are almost closed, and the rear legs are as if the horse was preparing to run. If you are sure that you drew everything accurately, then move on to the next step.
4. Drawing is almost complete
At this step, we will not draw anything, just remove the excess shapes from the drawing now. Correct the lines that you accidentally deleted, and see how easy it is to draw a horse. Already in the third step of drawing you have got a really beautiful horse, you just have to draw a tail and draw ahead in detail.
5. It remains to draw a few more details
The first steps of the drawing are very simple but require attention so that the initial contours are precisely located concerning each other. The proportions of the horse depend on their location. The following steps require attention to small details. It is necessary to carefully draw the eyes, nostrils, ears of the horse. To draw small details, the pencil should be sharp. Remember to draw a tail.
6. The final touches of the picture
You now know how to draw a horse, but you still need to learn how to apply shadows. This is a complex technique, but use a simple rule for lighting an object. The light falls on the right, so the areas on the left will be darker. Try creating shadows on the horse by copying them from my drawing. You can try to draw a horse with colored pencils and even paints.
In this lesson, we used techniques for drawing a horse that stands motionless. If you want to draw a running horse or even a few running horses, you can use the photographs of horses for this, using this lesson as a basic material for other horse drawings.