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Uploaded: March 14, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 6
Updated: March 15, 2008
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Okay, is everyone ready for yet another Greek mythology tutorial? Good, because this one is going to be on how to draw a Hippocampus. What is this creature you ask? Well these mythological creatures are supposed to be half horse and half fish, almost like a sea horse but way more advanced. The front part of this creature has a horses head, neck, chest, and front legs and hooves. When you get to the middle of this being it has a coiled up scaly mermaid like hindquarter. The tail resembles that of a whale or dolphin, and the mane is fin like, they were often covered with green scales. These beast supposedly where created by Poseidon, the God of horses and the sea. Poseidon is often described at times riding a sea like chariot that is being pulled by a hippocampus; this was later made into a sport with Poseidon in ancient descriptions of this sea and horse god. Now, the hippocamps were said to be able to live in fresh and salt water. The ancients believed that these creatures were the adult-form of the fish we call the "sea-horse". The Trevi Fountain in Rome shows the Roman sea god Neptune standing in his realm while hippocamps dance and frolic in the water at his feet. This beautiful display is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome, measuring 85 feet high and 65 feet wide. Like Poseidon, Neptune was also worshipped by the Romans as a horse god. Now a days you see this mythical creature in fantasy computer and console games like Final Fantasy 3, Dungeons & Dragons, and the video game Age of mythology, the “sea horse” was also used in the stories of Harry Potter. Greeks and Romans of today use images of these animals in their art work most often seen in paintings and they are even seen on the roman coin. I think that the Greeks have some interesting and unusual creatures of myth. All the different types of animals and beings from Greek mythology truly do fascinate me. This tutorial will show you how to draw a hippocampus step by step. The instructions are awesome because I give you a few extra tips on drawing this creature. Well, have fun with this one and if you get a chance type in “The Trevi Fountain” in your search engine to see the beautiful display in Rome.

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how to draw a hippocampus

How to Draw a Hippocampus

how to draw a hippocampus step 1

STEP 1.

In step one what you will be doing is drawing out the guidelines and circle shapes of the hippocampus. Starting at the far left draw a circle for the head. Then draw a squarish round shape for the front torso. After you get the shapes drawn out draw the guidelines for the tail, front leg, and frills fin lines for the mane.
 
how to draw a hippocampus step 2

STEP 2.

In this step what you are going to do is actually draw out the shape of the hippocampuses body and tail. Draw in the face by sketching in the eyes, nostrils, mouth lining, and the lines in the ears. You are also going to detail and shape the front leg by adding definition such as the muscles and body definition. When your sketch looks like the one above move to step 3.
 
how to draw a hippocampus step 3

STEP 3.

Now here in step 3, as you can see you will be sketching out the detailing on the fin looking mane on the hippocampus. Sketch out the hairy looking beard that hangs from the horse face looking chin. Make sure you take your time detailing the fin like mane, it has to have the appearance of fins, and make sure the fins go all the way down the back to almost the end of the tail. Sketch out the structure on the front leg and sketch in the hairy frill on the back of the leg. After you finish all the work that needs to be done in this step erase all the guidelines and circle shapes that you drew back in step 1. before moving to step 4.
 
how to draw a hippocampus step 4

STEP 4.

And whala, this is what your hippocampus should look like when you are completely done with your drawing. All that is left to do is color in your Greek mythology creature any color you want. Well that is it. This concludes this tutorial on how to draw a hippocampus. -note- If you are coloring your art in Photoshop, look below and check out the two extra steps that give you useful tips on how to color your image.
 
how to draw a hippocampus step 5

STEP 5.

This helpful tip shows you a good way on how to make fishy looking scales. The best way to read this tip is to enlarge the image and begin reading. After you are done here move down and read what the next tip is about.
 
how to draw a hippocampus step 6

STEP 6.

And this is the last tip I have to offer you and it is on how to create a scatter effect using your Photoshop coloring tools. Like the first tip, click on the image to enlarge it and read the full detailed tip to help coloring with Photoshop a whole lot easier. I hope these tips where helpful for you and remember artist always have the best imaginations.