How to Draw the Perfect Horse in Three Simple Steps

So you get out your paper, and a pencil. And probably a eraser, because you are bound to make some mistakes, this being your first time. But then when the pencil is half way to the page, or the drawing half way down the horses leg, you suddenly realize, you have no idea how to draw horses, at all. So what now? Some people would have given up. The dedicated ones, like you, will have looked it up online. And so we meet. Right, enough talk, let’s get drawing.

Step 1:

Don’t start with the outline, start with the shapes. Horses have a basic body plan, and you can get away with drawing it in circles. ‘What?’ You ask. OK, let me explain. Lets take the body for example. This is the place you start. The shoulder and hips are the places that are attached to the legs, tail and neck, so draw to big circles where you want your horse. If you are still confused, don’t worry. I’ll help you out soon. Just get to the end of the article and all will be revealed. All the joints, like knees and ankles you will rough in as circles also. These leg joint circles will float eerily below the shoulder and hip circles. We will join them up soon. Some where diagonally above the shoulder circle, I want you to draw another two circles. One will represent the cheek of the horse, and one will represent the nose. Now on your page you should have eight or 10, disembodied circles. Eight if you have chosen to draw only the two legs closest to you at this point. Or 10 if you have added circles for all four legs.

Step 2:

Join up the circles. The main circles are always first. So draw a sagging rounded line between the bottom of hip and shoulder circles. This is the round belly of your horse. The back has a sag closest to the shoulders, rather than directly in the middle. Some horses sag more than others, but in general, don’t sag the back as much as the belly. Connect the leg joints together, (don’t worry about hooves at this point) and connect the knee to the shoulder, on the front legs, and the knee to the hip on the back legs. Some of you horse lovers may have noticed that the top of the rear legs of a horse are thicker than the top of the front legs. That is true. Look at the links and this will become clear if you haven’t noticed it on real horses. The shoulder is the base of the neck. So draw a fairly thick neck in between the shoulder and the cheek circle. Connect the cheek and the nose circles. At this point it is helpful to step back and compare your lines and circles to mine. (You can find mine at the link)If it is majorly different, one of us is wrong.

Step 3: The outline. Wow! Who would have thought that there would be so much to do before this. I find this the most enjoyable part. It is the time when you actually draw a horse. You smooth lines and change your bunch of circles in to a horse. Time to add the eyes, ears, main, tail, and hooves.

Post time: 12-01-2017