September 25, 2018 2 min read 2 Comments

how to draw a horse

Hi everybody and welcome to a new tutorial on the NIL-tech, this time entitled "How to draw  a horse step by step”.

In this tutorial I will show you how to draw a realistic horse, step by step, with no reference. You'll find out how to construct its body from simple shapes, and best ways to include all details. And most significantly, I will reveal ways to achieve ideal proportions for a horse's body.


In this tutorial, we used the following supplies:

  • 5H pencil
  • 3B pencil
  • 6B pencil
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • White Vinyl Eraser
  • Blending Stump

The easy way to draw a horse – Let’s get Started!


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how to draw a horse head 

Step 1. Draw a circle for the main part of the body.

how to draw a horse step by step 

Step 2. Draw body shapes.

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Step 3. Delete a circle contours.

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Step 4. Draw details of the body.

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Step 5. Let's draw the hair first, in case it covers the details. Choose and sketch its direction carefully.


how to draw a horse face 

Step 6. The hair and tail should have the look of rough hairs, not single hairs.

how to draw a horse head step by step  

Step 7. Start shading body. Sketch its direction gently.


 how to draw a realistic horse

Step 8. Add some shading to offer your horse drawing more structure, dimension and volume. Vary the pressure on your pencil to obtain different degrees of tonal worth. You can leave part of the horse's mane unshaded for a nice-looking shine. Select the direction of the source of light when shading so that the shadows are consistent with it. Shading assists to give your horse drawing more skeletal and muscular structure. It's a good idea to have reference (picture of a horse) available, to get the horse's anatomy as accurate as possible


 steps to draw a horse

Final Step. You can add value throughout your horse drawing for extra detail. You can add a solid value like this or draw spots or patches, even stripes! Draw a horn over the head to make a unicorn! Or wings for a pegasus! Have fun with it! If your horse isn't flying, add a cast shadow underneath to ground it.



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