The unicorn is a mythical legendary creature that is essentially a horse with a pair of wings and a sharp, pointed horn projecting from its forehead.
We’ve all dreamt of seeing a unicorn in real life, but the chances of actually seeing one is improbable.
Why not learn how to draw a unicorn instead? By drawing a unicorn, you can see it up close and personal.
Fortunately, we have created a step-by-step process on how to draw a unicorn, summed up in 9 quick and easy steps.
Each instruction comes with an illustration that serves as your visual guide as you follow the steps, making the process a lot easier for you.
All you need is a piece of paper and your favorite drawing tool and you’re all set to draw a unicorn!
Have fun and take advantage of your imagination!
What's in this Blog Post
- How to Draw a Unicorn — Let’s get started!
- Step 1
- Step 2 — Create an Outline of the Unicorn’s Head
- Step 3 — Afterwards, Draw the Unicorn’s Long Mane
- Step 4 — Next, Outline the Body of the Unicorn
- Step 5 — Then, Draw the Front Legs of the Unicorn
- Step 6 — Complete All Four Legs of the Unicorn
- Step 7 — Afterwards, Add the Unicorn’s Furry Tail
- Step 8 — Next, Draw the Unicorn’s Pointed Horn
- Step 9 — Add Patterns and Details on the Unicorn
- Your Unicorn Drawing is Complete!
How to Draw a Unicorn — Let’s get started!
Start by drawing two connected curvy pointed shapes on the upper left portion of your paper. This forms the mane at the top of the unicorn’s head.
Afterward, draw a tapered oval shape on both sides of the mane to create the unicorn’s pair of ears.
To make sure that the unicorn will be drawn in the center, you can create reference lines by drawing an intersecting horizontal and vertical line across your paper.
This should divide your paper into four spaces. The space on the upper left marks the spot where you should draw the mane and the ears.
This ensures that there’s sufficient space for the unicorn’s entire head and body.
Step 2 — Create an Outline of the Unicorn’s Head
Draw the shape of the unicorn’s head right underneath the mane and the ears that we drew in the previous step. Don’t forget to put emphasis on the unicorn’s jaw and muzzle.
The shape of the unicorn’s head should look like a typical horse’s head.
Step 3 — Afterwards, Draw the Unicorn’s Long Mane
Draw an elongated narrow shape along the back of the neck of the unicorn. This creates the long, thick mane of the unicorn.
Keep in mind that the two clumps of hair that we drew in the first step and the mane we’re drawing in this step should be directly connected.
Make sure to add pointed clumps of hair on the mane to add texture, making the mane look soft and realistic!
Step 4 — Next, Outline the Body of the Unicorn
Draw a sideways irregular oval shape underneath the head of the unicorn. This shape forms the unicorn’s body.
Make sure that both sides of the body are rounded, forming the beefy build of the unicorn.
Step 5 — Then, Draw the Front Legs of the Unicorn
Below the unicorn’s chest, draw two parallel vertical lines with a horizontal line at the bottom. This creates one front leg of the unicorn.
Afterwards, draw a similar shape right beside the first front leg to complete the unicorn’s two front legs. Since the unicorn is facing sideways, the front leg at the back isn’t fully visible.
Don’t forget to erase any lines from the torso that overlaps inside the legs! This will ensure that your drawing looks neat, and most importantly, refined.
Step 6 — Complete All Four Legs of the Unicorn
Repeat the previous step underneath the bottom back of the unicorn. This creates the unicorn’s pair of hind legs..
After completing this step, all four legs of the unicorn should be fully formed, as shown in the illustration above.
Step 7 — Afterwards, Add the Unicorn’s Furry Tail
Draw a curved shape with a pointed tip attached on the lower back of the unicorn.
This forms the unicorn’s thick, furry tail.
Step 8 — Next, Draw the Unicorn’s Pointed Horn
Draw a narrow, pointed shape attached on the forehead of the unicorn. This creates the sharp horn—one of the unicorn’s most distinct physical features.
Afterwards, draw a horizontal right above the edge of each foot, creating the appearance of hooves, which are basically the soles in their feet.
Step 9 — Add Patterns and Details on the Unicorn
Draw two parallel diagonal lines across the horn of the unicorn. Then, draw an upright oval shape within the ear to form the inside ear.
Afterwards, draw a curved line to create the outline of the unicorn’s muzzle. Next, draw an oval shape for the eyes and a small shaded circle inside the muzzle for the nose.
Moving on to the details of the unicorn’s body, draw a curved line at the bottom of its body to outline the body’s underside.
Now that we’ve successfully drawn a magical unicorn, it’s time for the much-awaited step, which is coloring the unicorn!
Unicorns are typically depicted with a white color, which signifies purity and grace. However, it is believed that unicorns also exist in a wide range of colors such as silver, green, and more vibrant colors.
Feel free to use any color you like to create a one-of-a-kind unicorn. Always remember, the sky’s the limit to your imagination—make use of it!
Your Unicorn Drawing is Complete!
We hope you enjoy this step-by-step unicorn drawing. If you had fun drawing a unicorn, then you’ll surely have a good time drawing other legendary creatures like a dragon!
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Once you’ve finished drawing and coloring a unicorn, don’t forget to show off your masterpiece! Take a picture of your artwork and share it on our Facebook page and on Pinterest.
Don’t be embarrassed, we’re sure it looks incredible because you’ve worked hard for it.
We would love to see your magnificent unicorn drawing!