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Few ways how to draw a horse



Drawing horses can be really fun and easy, even if you don’t think you are skilled enough to draw one.
No matter what you are drawing or what you use to draw, it is good to use small and simple steps to
create your artwork.
We have prepared some ways most artists use to create their drawings. For a detailed step-by-step
tutorial with pictures, check out this blog on how to draw a horse by BIOWARS which also includes a
Get yourself proper drawing tools
First off you will need three things: a piece of paper, a pencil and an eraser. Using different kinds of
paper will give you different results. You can use smooth paper for softer lines and easier shading. Paper
with a harsher surface will make your drawing stronger and more dramatic looking with darker lines.
Even though these tools might seem simple, there are some things to be aware of before you start
drawing. Make sure you use B pencils since they are much softer and don’t leave lines on your paper
after erasing. They are also darker which will help you create shades easily.
Also, find an eraser that won’t smudge and damage the paper after you use it. If you are a beginner, a
regular rubber eraser is enough for the start. Gum erasers are the most popular ones to use because
they are soft and non-abrasive.
Use shapes to make the body
When drawing with a pencil, you want to make shapes that will help you make the body curve. This way
you will have a better idea of the size of the horse’s body parts and their position on the drawing.
Use bigger circles or ovals to create the horse’s back and torso and smaller ones for the hooves and
ankles, a circle for the horse’s head and a small square for its mouth. For the horse’s ears, draw one or
two small triangles close together, based on from what angle you want your horse to be seen.
Make sure you don’t put too much pressure on the paper because after you create the actual body
shape of the horse, you will erase the shapes so they are not visible in the final product.
Connect the shapes
Use straight lines to connect the shapes. To connect the horse’s head with the rest of the body, you can
also create two lines or even make a bigger triangle, again based on the angle from which you will draw
the horse.
Again, make light lines using your pencil, because these aren’t the finishing lines – you are just giving an
outline of your drawing. Horses don’t naturally have straight lines, but they will help you create the
curves together with the shapes you had made.
Create the curves
Finally, you are creating the finishing lines of your drawing. These lines can be darker and you can add
some details to your horse. Use your eraser and erase the straight lines and shapes. Be careful to erase
the shapes where they are not connecting to the final shape of the horse.
Add the details
Here comes the best part – adding details to your horse, like tail, mouth, mane etc. When drawing the
tail and the mane you also want to use light strokes to create the hairs seem a bit more realistic. They
should also follow the horse’s “movement”, depending if it’s running or standing still.
Horses have smaller eyes on top of their head and big nostrils so check out how realistic your details
look – you can also check an image for reference. Make a small line to create a mouth. The line should
go inside the part where the square was.
Add shades to your drawing
Shading will make your drawing look realistic and three-dimensional. Be careful not to use the tip of
your pencil to create shades, but tilt your pencil a bit to make the strokes softer.
Use different levels of pressure on your pencil. This way you can create darker and lighter shades,
depending on how you imagine the light to act. The brighter the light the higher the shading contrast
will be.
Decide where the light source is coming from to determine how you will fill in the shades. For example,
if the light source is coming above the horse, you want to create a shade on its jaw and legs.