how to draw a realistic horse

How to Draw a Realistic Horse, Draw Real Horse

Step 1.

Here are the materials that I used. They are all pretty self explanatory, I believe.

Step 2.

Start out with the torso and head. Drawing most animals is easier if you start with the less dynamic parts. So, try not to start with the legs!

Step 3.

Alright, here we start adding limbs and getting a feel for the horse. Notice how the tilt of the body is already apparent. Don't start worrying about getting the anatomy perfect yet! Just get a basic idea of a horse on paper.

Step 4.

Alright take notice on this step of the lack of straight lines. EVERY line on this horse has to be curved in some way in the end. Also study the major bulges and curves in the legs, on the chest, the back, and along the neck. If you want to make your horse realistic you HAVE TO learn how the curves "flow" around its body.

Step 5.

Alright, now that our basic anatomy is out of the way we can move on to the fun part: shading!! Just hatch in some lines with the horse's outline then blend with a tortillion.

Step 6.

Now use you eraser to "add" light to the picture. Notice that the lighting is coming from the top left of the picture. This means that there can't be to much lighting on the horse's right side because, well, that is where the shadows will have to be!

Step 7.

Here is the close up of the neck and head. This is where you start to develop the horse's mane. Don't forget to add those shadows between the mane and the neck.

Step 8.

Now we can start adding shadows all around the horse.I started at the neck and worked my way clockwise to the legs. Also, notice in this steps and the ones following how I continuously define the legs more. The curves in the legs are the most difficult part, in my opinion.

Step 9.

Here is the result of the previous steps. Notice the basic work on the tail as well as the fuzzy greyness that is now surrounding our horse. The area around the horse should naturally smudge but if it doesn't use a tortillion to do so.

Step 10.

The final details will take quite some time. Even if you don't go in for all of the details, you can still add realism to the drawing by erasing a white outline around the horse and blending it into the grey around it. Something as simple as that adds a huge amount of realism to drawings like these. I hope this was helpful and as always comments are much appreciated!

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Uploaded: October 11, 2010
Artist: Finalprodigy
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 10
Updated: October 11, 2010
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Here is a horse tutorial for one of my friend's birthday. It is pretty short and sweet. I suggest trying to redraw all of the steps as I have to get the most out of it!