How To Draw A Realistic Horse with Pencil

The easy step-by step drawing guide below.

How To Draw A Realistic Elephant Step by Step

Step 1

Draw an enormous oval with a slight angle to create the horse’s body. Next, draw a larger oval to create the head. This oval should be in a straight line and be at a slight angle as illustrated.

Step 2

Indent the curving oval that represent the head. The indentations create the horse’s snout. Connect the two ovals by drawing an contour of neck. The neck’s top is slightly curled and is the part that connects the high of the head with the body-oval. When the line joins with the head, the neck slants little and creates an indentation in the upper portion of the oval. This creates a tiny valley in the rear of the animal (where it is normal to put your saddle). The lower portion of your neck straight line that connects the two ovals. However, take note that it is connected to in the middle of head’s oval and is situated at an angle of 45-50 ° downwards.

Step 3

Horses have massive joint in the legs of horses, and it is essential to move them in the right direction. The forelegs are mainly vertical, with the knee joints about halfway down the shin. They then have the smaller ankle joints around two thirds of the way down from the lower portion of the leg. In hindlegs, the legs appear slightly curlier and slightly more slender, particularly toward the upper part of them.

Step 4

Toenails are slightly larger than feet and slide forward.

Step 5

Eliminate the majority all guide lines that define the head and torso, with the exception of the lower portion of your body. Create a curving line that divides from the bottom of the oval body . It curves in across the back legs and parallel with the ponytail. This is what represents the belly. After that, you can include two ears. One ear is on the other side faces the outside, which means we can’t see interior, however we can observe what’s inside the ear closer to us. Remember this as we begin casting shadows. Also, place the left eye of the horse along an axis vertically similar of the ear, and align it with the lower part on the neck (SEE in the equipment).

Step 6

We can now begin casting shadows. I like doing my drawings in sections, therefore we’ll begin by drawing the largest area which is the body. Begin by creating an even, thin layer of shade around the body. It doesn’t need to be perfect, you don’t need to smooth it out simply make the tones uniform. I’ve added shadows to the zones (under the stomach, below the neck, and behind the hips) somewhat lighter, though we’ll be adding the shadows in the next few steps.

Step 7

We smooth the shadow by moving a towel made of cotton or paper over the shadow. I prefer using small circular movements and swift left-to-right motions using cotton pads or tissues to accomplish this, however, there’s not a particular method involved, and it’s quite easy to achieve. It is however difficult to create an even tone within the shade. This could be due to two major causes. First, the shader you’re smoothing could be uneven in tone, and which will result in an unbalanced tone in the shader you’ve smoothed. The second issue is that the pad could already be dark, and may cause smudges of darker tones over lighter areas. It is recommended to switch out a new pad or tissue to avoid this. To rectify uneven tones just add a shade and smooth it over areas which are too dark or you can use a light eraser to bring out darker areas (and after that, smooth it).

Step 8

The shadow is smoothed by dragging a paper towel or cotton over the shadow. I like using small circular movements as well as quick left-to-right motions using cotton pads or tissues to achieve this, however there’s no special technique to follow and it’s easy to achieve. But, it can be difficult to create an even tone throughout the shade. This could be explained by two primary reasons. The first one is that the shader you’re smoothing could be uneven in tone and this can result in an uneven tone within the shader you’ve smoothed. Additionally, the tissue pad could already be dark, and may cause smudges of darker tones over lighter areas. It is recommended to switch out a new pad/tissue in order to keep this from happening. To fix uneven tones, simply apply a shading and smooth it out in areas that are too light or you can use a light eraser to brighten dark areas (and after that, smooth it).

Step 9

Here I’ve smoothed out this drop shadow’s shadow. I added additional shading layers, and smoothed them out to make these smooth shade bands that you see in this.

Step 10

Include more shadows in the areas where I applied similar. It’s difficult to create shadow layers over the shadow layer that is in place So I used an HB4 (but light!) pencil to draw shadows. Be aware of the areas I haven’t darkerened just behind the hips and shoulders which will be used to highlight later.

Step 11

Domestic horses have a glossy coat , which creates distinct highlights all over their body. In this illustration, these highlights are most prominently seen on the hips and shoulders. The focus is on the hip joint is centered across the fold that runs between the hind leg and the abdomen. In this process I’ve also started to shade the lower portion of the shoulders of horses. This region is extremely muscular, with a lot of bizarre recesses and protrusions, but it’s also very shadowy in the finished image so the particulars aren’t crucial.

Step 12

This illustrates how rough the shading is of the shoulder region that you will need to shade in order to get it smoothed out. Note how this appears to be darker than final version and how there are distinct gaps between the shadows.

Step 13

Smooth the shadow to ensure that the various tones are blended. It is possible to apply multiple layers , and continue working in this area until you are able to get it perfect.

Step 14

We can now begin covering the legs. This is much simpler than for the body as the legs are thin and don’t have a huge surface areas. This makes it simple to create a consistent shading and smooth. Begin by drawing very dark shadows on the horse’s front and rear legs. Shadows should be drawn using 4B or more dark and ensure that you draw layers of shadows, not applying pressure to the area because this could damage the paper. The remaining pins feature a simple shading that you can use the same technique to draw an outline sketch of the shading and then blend and then repeat. Paint a darker hue on the bottom of the bulge in joint as well as along legs’ sides. Also, keep in mind it is important to note that both the front of your paws as well as the lower portion of the hind leg are white and require an even lighter ball which we’ll do in the next steps.

Step 15

Add some detail about the joints of the legs. The most important thing to keep in mind are the curved shadows on the tubercles’ undersides. Include a few patches of shadow in the middle of the legs. Finally, polish the hooves. they can be made smooth or even make them more rough as I did. I also painted the bottom part of the hind leg white (so that in this graphite sketch they’re not heavily shaded). I sketched a few veins as well as small nicks on the legs that I’ll smooth out at the next stage.

Step 16

Smooths shadows and adds details to the legs. We can then begin the face.

Step 17

* (1) Begin with an initial coat of base coat, then apply evenly using cotton or tissue paper (not depicted) 2. (2) Apply a face mask to cover facial features as I applied the facial features as I. Be sure to note that there are shadows on the cheeks as well as darker spots on the eye area. (3) (3) Smooth this layer of shading. You might need apply several layers until you’ve got the color you desire. There’s a white strip of hair that runs across the center of the face of the horse This is a light shade (unless you’re not looking for stripes). 4. (4) Add the hair to the neck and in the mid-face. Follow the next step to get an explanation of the method I used to achieve this.

Step 18

* (1) Begin with creating jagged lines to create the ends of hair. (2) Shade the majority of hair (3) Smooth the shadows (4) Use an sharp pencil (or more dark) then draw shadows under the hair. Then, (5) Smooth it, making gaps and hairs in the hair appear darker and more sharp.

Step 19

Eliminate the shadow that falls beyond the horse’s boundaries by using a piece of paper that covers the drawing in the manner shown. Then, erase along according to the direction of the arrow. This will allow you to eliminate the shadows in excess up to the line drawn. You might want to cut a curvature on the mask of paper to facilitate this process.

Step 20

We now move on to the final stage of drawing, which is the tail. _(1) Begin by shading the entire area. 2. (2) The ball should be smoothed. (3) (3) Make use of a sharp (or more dark) 4-B pencil sketch details on the hair’s ends. I’m not sure how to do this and didn’t include the many steps involved here although it’s pretty simple to make. Do some practice on a piece scratch paper first if not sure. It’s important to note that I left a hair at the end of the tail, to give the tail a variety of shades. This isn’t needed, but I believe it’s more attractive. (4) It’s hard to discern it in the photo however, you can add a few light hairs using the HB pencil or 2B in the direction of the tail.

Step 21

This concludes this real-life tutorial for drawing realistically pony. I hope you find this tutorial useful, and if you have any concerns contact me via email and I’ll respond to you. Thank you!

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