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How To Draw A Realistic Horse with Pencil

How To Draw A Realistic Horse with Pencil

Below is a step-by-step drawing tutorial.

Step 1

To form the horse’s trunk, draw a large oval at an angle. Draw a second oval, larger in size, to make the head. This oval should be upright and at an angle like shown.

Step 2

To make the head, add curved indents. These indentions form the horse’s nose. Connect the ovals by drawing the outline for the neck. The neck’s top curve is slight and connects the head-oval top to the body-oval. The oval’s upper portion is indented at the point where the line intersects the body. This creates a small valley at the horse’s back (where you would normally place the saddle). The lower neck is a straight line connecting both ovals. However, it connects to the middle oval of the head and lies at an angle between 45-50 degrees downwards.

Step 3

Horses have large, bulbous joints in their legs. It is crucial to get them in place. The forelegs are vertical, with the large knee joints at the mid-shin and the smaller ankle joints at the lower half of the leg. The hind legs are slightly more curved and thicker towards the top.

Step 4

Toenails are slightly larger than feet and slope forward.

Step 5

The lower half of the body should be obliterated, with the exception of the torso oval and head oval guide lines. A curved line should be drawn parallel to the ponytail that runs from the base of your oval body. This is the belly. Next, add two ears. The ear to the left faces outwards, so it is difficult to see the inside. However, we can see the inside of a ear closer to us. When casting shadows, keep this in mind. The horse’s left eye should be added along the same vertical axis with the ear, and in line the bottom of his neck (SEE IN EQUIPMENT).

Step 6

We can now cast shadows. I prefer to draw in sections so we will start with the biggest surface area, the body. Begin by applying a thin, but consistent layer of shade to the entire body. It doesn’t matter if you make it smooth or not, but just try to keep the tones consistent. I have also made the shadow areas under the stomach, under the neck and behind the hips darker. But we will add shadows properly in a few steps.

Step 7

We smoothen the shadow by placing a cotton/paper towel on top. To do this, I prefer to make small circular movements and fast left-to-right moves with cotton pads/tissues. It’s not difficult and doesn’t require any special techniques. It is not easy to achieve an even shade. This can be explained by two factors. The first is that the base shader you are smoothing might have an uneven tone. This will translate into an uneven shader. The second is that the cotton/tissue pad might already be very dark, and may smudge darker colors on areas with lighter tones. To avoid this, you may need to change the cotton pad/tissue every so often. You can correct uneven tones by adding a shading to the fabric and smoothening it in areas that are too dark.

Step 8

We smoothen the shadow by placing a cotton/paper towel on top. To do this, I prefer to make small circular movements and fast left-to-right moves with cotton pads/tissues. It’s not difficult and doesn’t require any special techniques. It is not easy to achieve an even shade. This can be explained by two factors. The first is that the base shader you are smoothing might have an uneven tone. This will translate into an uneven shader. The second is that the cotton/tissue pad might already be very dark, and may smudge darker colors on areas with lighter tones. To avoid this, you may need to change the cotton pad/tissue every so often. You can correct uneven tones by adding a shading to the fabric and smoothening it in areas that are too dark.

Step 9

Here, I have smoothed out the shadow of my drop shadow. To create the smooth shading bands, I added more shading layers to the image and smoothed them out.

Step 10

You can add more shadows to areas that I have already done. It can be difficult to add shadow layers over the base shadow layer. I used a 4B (but very lightly!) To create shadows, I used a pencil. Note the areas I haven’t darkened around the hips and in front of my shoulders – these will be used later for highlighting.

Step 11

The glossy coat of domestic horses creates distinct highlights around their bodies. These highlights are mostly located on the hips and shoulders in this drawing. The hip joint is the focal point. It curves around the fold of the hind legs and abdomen. I also began shading the lower area of the horse’s shoulders in this step. This area is extremely muscular and has many strange protrusions, recesses, etc. However, it’s very dark in the final product so these details are not too important.

Step 12

This is the rough shading you will need to do on the shoulder area before you smooth it out. It is darker than the final product, and there are more distinct gaps between shadow areas.

Step 13

Smoothen the shadow to blend the various tones. This area may require multiple layers. Keep working until you are satisfied.

Step 14

We can now shade the legs. Because the legs have very little surface area, it is easier to shade them than the body. It is easy to achieve uniform shading and smooth lines. You should start by shading the right front and rear legs of your horse very dark. These shadows should always be drawn using 4B or darker. You must also ensure that you use layers of shadows, not just more pressure. This can cause damage to the paper. You can use the same technique for the rest of the pins to create basic shading. Smoothen the layer and then repeat. You can paint a darker tone under the joint bulge as well as on the sides and ends of the legs. Also, please note that the lower half of the hind legs and the front paws are white. We will use a lighter ball to paint these areas.

Step 15

Add some detail to the leg joints. It is important to highlight the shadows that curve around the tubercles’ undersides. You can add some shadows to the legs. Polish the hooves. You can either make them smooth or rough. That’s what I did. I also painted the bottom half the hind legs white so they don’t look too shaded in the graphite drawing. I have just painted some veins and nicks on my leg, which I will smoothen out in the next step.

Step 16

Smoothen shadows and add details to the legs. Now we can start the face.

Step 17

_ (1) _ Apply a base coat, then cover with cotton/tissue papers (not shown). _ (2) _ Cover facial details like I did. Note that the shadows are around the cheeks, and there are darker areas around the eyes. _ (3) _ Smoothen your shading layer. It may take several layers to achieve the desired color. The middle of the horse’s head has a small strip of white hair. This makes it very light, unless you want to have stripes. _ (4) _ Add hair to the neck and middle of the head. For a detailed description of my technique, see the next step.

Step 18

_ (1) _ Create jagged lines at the ends of your hair. _ (2) _ Next, shade the majority of the hair. _ (3) _ Now smooth the shadows. _ (4) Use a sharp 4B pencil or darker to draw shadows under the hair. _ (5) Smoothens the hair and makes certain hairs and gaps sharper and darker.

Step 19

Use a piece or paper to cover the drawing and erase the shadows that fall outside of the horse’s boundaries. This will allow you to eliminate shadows that extend beyond the outline of your drawing. To make the process simpler, you may want to draw a curve on your paper mask.

Step 20

The tail is the final step in the drawing. _(1) _ Shade the area. _ (2) _ Smoothen the ball. _ (3) _ Draw details on the ends with a sharp (4B) pencil. Although I am a bit nervous, there aren’t many steps to follow. It’s actually quite simple. If you aren’t confident, practice on a piece scrap paper. You will notice that I added some hair to the taillight’s tip. This is not necessary but it makes the tail look better. (4) Although you can’t see it in the photo, I added a few lighter hairs to the tail with an HB pencil or 2B pencil.

Step 21

This tutorial on realistic pony drawing is over. I hope that you found this tutorial helpful. If you have any questions, please message me. I will try my best to get back to your. We are grateful!

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