animal Drawing Tutorial

How to Draw a Horses Head using basic shapes

This tutorial explains the concept of how you can use basic line, shapes to draw a horses head from a 3/4 side view. It shows how with the placement of line, circles and triangles you can create the basic correct confirmation of a horses head.

Tutorial category: animal  
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Tools used: RMD, Photoshop, Paper
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Rose Arabian by StormFancy




Step 1

Picture the horse you want to draw in your mind. Stance, The angle of the view you want to create. Or use a visual reference. Keep in mind the size for placement on your drawing area, so you do not run out of room. You can use basic shapes when you look at or imagine a horse, so you can draw it.

If you do not like how your drawings turn out, do NOT give up, it takes a lot of practice. And you can never have to much practice!


Step 2

Example: This image shows where the center line would be, if on a finished image.

The Center line, is a line that runs the full distance down the front of a horses face, between the nose and the top of the head, between the ears (What would be the “Poll”). This line can be used for balance, judging distances for the rest of the face. (size of the ears, nose, and eyes).



Step 3

Draw a cross line, about ¾ up from the bottom of the center line.
This line is just below the forehead, about where the eyes belong.


Step 4

Draw a line connecting each point of the center and cross lines, going all the way around, making a “Kite”.
This is the “Face” of your horse. You can use a “Kite” for a full front face view, as well as variations of the “Kite” for different front/side views. The Kite is NOT used for a full side view.


Step 5

Draw a large circle beginning at the far corner of the kite, extending about ½ way past the near corner. (This distance will vary depending upon the front view you are creating. In the above image, it is slightly past ½ . This creates a pattern for the cheek. Then draw a smaller circle connecting at the bottom of the larger circle to shape the nose.



Step 6

You can also use a square placed inside of each circle with the very tips of each corner just on the outside. This will aid in defining the size and shape of the cheek and nose. You can use the squares for as a color guide for shading.


Step 7

The areas of the horse that appear wide, are the areas that you would give a highlight, or color in with a lighter color to give a highlighted them a highlighted effect. The narrow areas you would add shading of a darker color,
In order to accent muscle depth, or varied crevassed areas.


Step 8

Color in using colors light to dark. Use of transparency’s are helpful for creating highlighted areas, accents to the tip of the nose, above the eye, and cheek area’s. Use a low setting, 8 or 10, draw line on the area you wish to accent, and redraw the same line . Repeat as needed.

Add mane and forlock. Normaly Darker , or same color as the body color.
Some Exceptions: Dilutes: (Palomino’s, Chestnut with Flaxen)

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As you watch horse drawings, or horses, try and visualise the shapes.

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