No matter what you draw, there will always be a degree of challenge to it. There is an upper echelon of subjects that can strike fear into the hearts of even seasoned artists, however.
These can include human hands, faces, cars and of course: horses. Horses have such a specific body structure that learning how to draw a horse can become a frustrating and unpleasant experience.
There is good news, however, as even the most daunting of drawing challenges can be overcome with the right guide to help you.
This step by step guide on how to draw a horse is that guide, and in it we will show you how it’s done!
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- How to Draw A Horse– Let’s Get Started!
How to Draw A Horse– Let’s Get Started!
The key to completing this guide on how to draw a horse is to follow the guide and reference images very closely.
For a more challenging drawing such as this one, you may also want to draw with a pencil to begin with and then go over with a pen when you’re happy with it.
This is the best way to go about it because you don’t have to get anxious about getting it right the first time!
With all that in mind, we will be strating with the head and neck of the horse.
Try your best to draw out the basic shapes of these elements with your pencil, and then you can slowly add some detail layer by layer until you have the more specific line detail you see in the reference picture.
Once the head and neck are drawn, we can move on to the next step!
Step 2 – Next, start drawing the legs
Now that you have the head and neck, we shall start on the first legs for this part of your horse drawing.
One of the hard parts of drawing a horse is getting the proportions of aspects like the legs correct. To combat this, you can start by again drawing the rough shape of the sections of the leg with your pencil to plan it out.
The leg has various angles to it to show the muscles and joints, so try to use each of these as a reference point or a sort of landmark for you to aim to replicate in your own drawing.
Step 3 – Draw the back and back legs of the horse
In this step of our guide on how to draw a horse, we will next focus on the back and back legs of the horse. The back will extend from the base of the neck and dip down a bit before rising up again.
It will then turn to a curved line for the backside of the horse, and then we can draw the back legs. These back legs have a similar structure to the first ones, yet they will be angled back a little bit.
You can add the line details that you see in the reference image, and then we can finish them off in the next step.
Step 4 – Now, draw the tail and finish off the back legs
You started the back legs in the previous step, and we can finish them off in this part. Draw the rest of the back leg that you started in the previous step to begin.
Then we will be drawing lots of curved lines dropping down to form the wavy tail of the horse. There will be a space where the belly will go, and we will draw that along with some final details in the next step of the guide.
Step 5 – Finish off the final details for your horse drawing
As mentioned in the previous step of this guide on how to draw a horse, this part will be about drawing the belly for it.
You can use a fairly smooth, rounded line for the belly to fill in the space that you left. Then you have finished drawing this horse!
Before you move on to some coloring to really finish it off, you could also add some details of your own.
You could draw a nice background, and even add some more farm animals if you’re feeling ambitious.
Another idea would be to draw someone riding the horse or to add some patterns to the horse’s hair. You could even add a horn if you wanted to make this a unicorn instead!
These are just a few of the ideas you could go for, and we look forward to seeing what you choose to go for as you complete this drawing.
Step 6 – Finish off your horse drawing with some color
For the final step of your horse drawing, we will finish off with some amazing colors! In our reference image, we went with a tan color scheme along with some brown for the bottom halves of the legs.
These are the colors that we chose, and while you could go for similar ones there are also loads of other colors you could choose from.
Horses come in many different breeds and color schemes, so you have lots of freedom for how you can color it in.
You could also get some color variation by experimenting with and mixing various art tools and mediums, so be sure to have fun with it and see what happens!
Your Horse Drawing is Complete!
We mentioned at the start of this guide on how to draw a horse that this is considered quite a challenging drawing to take on. For that reason, you should be very proud of completing this picture!
We hope that the steps in this guide made it much easier for you to draw so that you could focus on the fun of the drawing.
Now that you have mastered this guide, you can continue having fun as you add your own details.
We mentioned a few ideas you could go for in the guide such as drawing a background or more animals, but what other cool ideas can you think of to finish it off?
Once you’re finished with the guide and ready for the next one, be sure to check out our website for more awesome drawing guides! We upload new ones frequently, so you’ll want to keep checking in to never miss out.
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