How to Draw Horse Drawings Cartoon Lesson

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Essential to any animal-related section, a horse drawings lesson has finally arrived!

Essential to any animal-related section, a horse drawings lesson has finally arrived!

Learning how to draw horses can be a bit tricky - sometimes frustrating actually! Horses have a very unique shape, especially with respect to their legs. And so, it's essential that we get it right when drawing them!

Oh, I should ask you this first... have you checked out the unicorn drawing lesson? If not - I recommend you do. Unicorns are pretty much 'horses with a horn'. The method to draw a unicorn is pretty much the same as it is in drawing a horse and so it can be helpful to refer to that lesson as you work through this one.

Now before we get started, can you think of any other situations where knowing how to draw a horse may help? Well, think about things that have a similar shape -- and similar legs. Cows? Zebras? Donkeys? Yes! All look similar to horses in some way. So, when you're done here - see if you can apply what you learn to drawing some other 'horse shapely' creatures...

Giddy up!


First Step - A Framework for Horse Drawings

Take a look at the four images below and yes, if you've tried your hand at the unicorn lesson - you'll notice the framework here is the exact same. As mentioned above - unicorns are pretty much the same as horses with respect to their shape - so, I kept this part the same. Actually, this will be helpful as you can drift back and forth between the two lessons, checking for differences as you progress.

Go ahead and put yourself together, a nice horse framework - just like this...

Simple framework to create horse drawings Creating horse drawings with a simple shape framework Stacking shapes to create a framework for cartoon horse drawings Completed framework for making simple cartoon horse drawings

And shall I stress it again? Sure, why not. Aim for a 'likeness' in creating the framework. Perfection isn't necessary -- it's the shapes that compose what you're attempting to draw and how they are arranged that counts. What you see above is a nice setup for drawing a horse as it'll help you maintain proportion and focus more on the details of your work.

And now - on to creating your very own horse drawings!...

Second Step - Step by Step Phases to Create Horse Drawings

With respect to creating horse drawings - or any animal drawings for that matter, I recommend that you begin by drawing the head. And yes, we'll do just that here.

Beginning with eyes, develop the head of your horse. After the eye, draw in the nostril and then the ear. After that draw the mane - and as a final step... draw in the actual head portion - snout, neck, etc.

Horse Drawings - making the head Horse Drawings - making the body and tail

Moving on, go ahead and draw in the back and stomach lines of your horse. You can sketch in the tail either before or after you draw the legs -- your choice! Also, note the grey markers for the leg joints. This is helpful again because when it comes to horse drawings, the legs can be a little difficult to get right.

Horse Drawings - completing the body Horse Drawings - mirroring the legs

In comparison to the unicorn lesson, you'll notice that the horse is a bit bigger in size. I've deviated away from the framework on purpose with the horse, whereas with the unicorn, I cut into the framework in certain areas to give it a more graceful, feminine appearance.

Here's another link to the unicorn lesson, as I think it is helpful to compare between the two.

Oh, and I guess that's it! But same as always, when you map out your drawing with a framework of simple shapes - you'll of course want to get rid of it when you finalize your drawing. A little erasing does the trick, and then... time for the details!...

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Final Step - Details

Well, now you have a pretty good grasp on how to create your own horse drawings - unicorns too by referring back to the other lesson.

And as you well know, there are different kinds of horses - each with there own special markings and characteristics.

So in adding details to your horse drawings - and in coloring your drawings too... it's a good idea to check out a few photos of the particular horse you'd like to make. Have a look up top and you'll see that I most definitely took this into consideration.

And that's it for this lesson... Good job, and come on back real soon for another! :-)