How to Draw a Horse

Four Methods:A Cartoon HorseA Rearing HorseA Galloping HorseA Realistic Horse (Head)

This is a tutorial on how to draw three different kinds of horses. So grab some paper, a pencil, some colored pencils, and let's get started!

Method 1
A Cartoon Horse

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    Draw a big circle with a cross inside. On the lower part of the big circle, draw an oval-like circle that is smaller in size.
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    Draw a diamond shape that is slanted sideways on each side of the upper portion of the big circle.
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    Draw a large oblong that is slightly perpendicular to the big circle.
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    Add four limbs attached to the oblong to make an outline of the horse’s body.
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    Draw the tail on the rear part of the horse.
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    Add the horse’s hair using soft curved lines.
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    Add the eyes, nose and mouth using the cross inside the big circle as guide for proper positioning of parts.
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    Draw two curved lines connected to the small circle to make the nose look like it protrudes.
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    Darken the outline of the body and add details to the horse’s feet.
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    Erase unnecessary lines.
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    Color the drawing.

Method 2
A Rearing Horse

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    Draw an oval for the head.
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    Draw another oval for the snout. Remember to leave space for the nose holes.
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    Draw the ears and mouth.
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    Draw a big oval for the body and this is the largest section of the body. You must draw it bigger than the rest of the circles
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    Draw two curved lines for the neck.
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    Draw two ovals attached to curved trapezoids for the frontal feet and add curves below the feet for the hooves.
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    Draw two circles for the thighs.
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    Draw two lines attached to trapezoids for the rear feet and add curves below the feet for the hooves
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    Draw curvy lines for the mane and tail of the horse.
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    Based on the outline, draw the horse.
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    Erase the unnecessary outlines.
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    Color your horse!

Method 3
A Galloping Horse

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    Draw an oval for the head.
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    Draw a curve on the left side of the oval for the mouth area.
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    Draw another oval for the middle section of the body.
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    Draw two circles on both sides of the oval to complete the body outline.
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    Draw curves connecting the body and the head, also add curves on top of the head for the ears.
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    Draw four elongated ovals for the legs.
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    Draw four sets of circles attached to rectangles for the feet, add ovals for the hooves.
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    Draw curvy lines for the mane and tail of the horse.
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    Based on the outline, draw the horse.
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    Erase the unnecessary outlines.
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    Color your horse!

Method 4
A Realistic Horse (Head)

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    Draw two circles that follows a slanted direction. The one below should be smaller than the circle on top. Connect these circles using a rectangle.
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    Draw a curved line that also connects the two circles on one side. Sketch the horse’s neck.
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    Add the ears on the upper portion of the head.
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    Using the shapes you had drawn, sketch the face of the horse.
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    Add the eyes using almond shapes and the nose.
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    Draw the horse’s hair using random curved strokes.
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    For a more detailed look, sketch soft very short strokes on some areas of the face that is most likely darkened with shadow.
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    Erase unnecessary lines.
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    Color the drawing.
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    Finished.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Colored pencils, crayons, markers, or watercolors


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