If you’ve ever wanted to draw a horse, today is your day. Everyone loves horses– beautiful, majestic. They are staples of childhood fantasies, and the outdoors just wouldn’t be complete with out them.
So, sit back, relax, and let’s learn how to draw a horse.
What you’ll need:
Since they are so large, drawing horses can seem like a more daunting task than it really is. In reality, horses are easily drawn with a few simple shapes.
To begin with, draw a large rectangle that is slightly smaller and curved on one end. This is going to be the horse’s midsection.
Connecting to the right side of the horse’s midsection, draw another rectangle that is pointing slightly upward. This is going to be the neck of the horse.
For this next step we are going to fast forward just a little bit. Attached to the rectangle of the neck, draw a vertical oval which will become the head of the horse.
Looking at the image on the right, make the horse’s legs by drawing them in two pieces– one large rectangle that connects to the body, and a thinner rectangle of the same length below it. At the end of each leg, draw a small scoop shape for the horse’s hooves.
At this point you almost have a complete horse body drawn. In this step you need to connect all the basic shapes together and erase your guidelines.
This is also the step where you add a little definition to your horse. When connecting the shapes together, add a little curve to the horse’s back and stomach. Make the knees bulge slightly, and give it a little hump in its chest.
Also, you can see that in this step I divided the horse’s head into six sections. This will help us place the eyes and nose properly.
A horse’s eyes sit on the sides of its head. In the image to the right, you can see that the horse’s eyes have been drawn so that they are touching each side of the head, with a lot of empty space in the middle.
At the bottom of the head, draw the horse’s nostrils by making two shapes that look almost like beans. Their nostrils are roughly the same size as their eyes.
At this stage you should have your horse almost completely drawn. The last thing you need to do is to draw in the details, and really bring your horse to life. As you can see in the left image, I draw a stripe in the middle of the horse’s head and added a simple mane and tail. *If you want a tutorial on how to draw realistic hair, for the mane and tail, click here.
Draw in a few lines that run down the legs to suggest muscles, and a couple lines in the shoulders, and that’s it. You’ve drawn a horse. Couldn’t be simpler, right?
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial. Be sure to comment and like and share this tutorial!
I’ve also included a video tutorial from YouTube user emfrank09. This shows a little different approach to drawing a horse that you might find useful. Enjoy!