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Uploaded: January 19, 2012
Artist: Finalprodigy
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 17
Updated: January 19, 2012
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Not all unicorns are girly. Here's a tutorial that I've been wanting to do for a while. I love horses and I love fantasy art, so it only makes sense for me to like unicorns, right? So here's the first of most likely many fantastical equine animals: the dark unicorn!

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how to draw a dark unicorn, black unicorn

How to Draw a Dark Unicorn, Black Unicorn

how to draw a dark unicorn, black unicorn step 1

STEP 1.

Start out by picking your pencils. Since this drawing is very dark you'll find it easiest to use pencils that are all in the "B" range. I used 9B for my darkest shading, 6B for intermediate shading, and 3B for detailed lines and lighter shading.
 
how to draw a dark unicorn, black unicorn step 2

STEP 2.

Start out with a basic sketch. Use the guidelines if you need them. It doesn't really matter which pencil you use, just be sure to sketch lightly. I used a 9B pencil to sketch.
 
how to draw a dark unicorn, black unicorn step 3

STEP 3.

Your sketch should look something like this. Try to erase away as many of the unneeded lines as possible.
 
how to draw a dark unicorn, black unicorn step 4

STEP 4.

Now use a 6B pencil or, if you have one, a 6B graphite stick, to lightly shade over the entire drawing.
 
how to draw a dark unicorn, black unicorn step 5

STEP 5.

Use a 3B pencil to start defining your lines and shading a bit more. Start with the head. Don't worry about blending yet.
 
how to draw a dark unicorn, black unicorn step 6

STEP 6.

Now develop the neck some more. Use a 6B pencil to shade in the larger dark areas.
 
how to draw a dark unicorn, black unicorn step 7

STEP 7.

Use a 6B pencil to shade in the hair. Pay attention to the flow of the mane.
 
how to draw a dark unicorn, black unicorn step 8

STEP 8.

Shade in the horse's front legs.
 
how to draw a dark unicorn, black unicorn step 9

STEP 9.

Now shade over the rest of the unicorn.
 
how to draw a dark unicorn, black unicorn step 10

STEP 10.

Use a paper towel or blending to to blend in the background. Add more shading using 6B and 9B pencils in order to darken any areas that need to be darker.
 
how to draw a dark unicorn, black unicorn step 11

STEP 11.

Now start detailing and adding final shading. Start with the head and horn. Use a 3B pencil to define the horse's outline and to draw any details. Use a 6B pencil for initial shading. Use a 9B pencil to darken you shading more. I also used a kneadable eraser to lighten my background a bit and a blending stump to smooth out my shading now and again.
 
how to draw a dark unicorn, black unicorn step 12

STEP 12.

Start shading in the neck using the same pencils. Again, use a blending stump sparingly to blend your shading.
 
how to draw a dark unicorn, black unicorn step 13

STEP 13.

After you've finished shading the neck, work on the mane. Use 9B and 6B pencils to draw in the strands. Use a 3B pencil to draw in the thinner strands of hair.
 
how to draw a dark unicorn, black unicorn step 14

STEP 14.

Start detailing the legs one at a time. Use 3B and 6B pencils.
 
how to draw a dark unicorn, black unicorn step 15

STEP 15.

Shade in the other leg as well as the unicorn's chest.
 
how to draw a dark unicorn, black unicorn step 16

STEP 16.

Prepare the rest of the body by blending over it using a blending stump.
 
how to draw a dark unicorn, black unicorn step 17

STEP 17.

Finish up the drawing using 6B and 9B pencils to shade in the rest of the body. Clean up your background and add/modify any details that need to be added or modified. I hope you all have fun with this tutorial. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below!