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Uploaded: October 19, 2010
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 7
Updated: October 19, 2010
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How many members here are familiar with the tale “Legend of Sleepy Hollow”? If you’re like me, you already know about the story, and how the tale ends. One of my favorite flicks that is based on the age old story is called 'Sleepy Hollow', and it stars actors like Johnny Depp, and Christina Ricci. Of course the film was directed by Tim Burton, and it was also very weird and exciting at the same time. To celebrate Halloween, I wanted to draw a character from one of my favorite childhood stories. So today, I will be giving you a detailed lesson on "how to draw the Headless Horseman", step by step. The original short story was written by Washington Irving, and it is part of his short story collection of American folklore. Now the legend as it goes, takes place in Sleepy Hollow, New York during the Revolutionary War. Anyways, the Headless Horseman is a soldier that has been decapitated by a cannonball during the war. One of the more famous stories of the Headless Horseman includes a character named Ichabod Crane, a skittish figure that is meek and very gullible. Although there is many speculations to the fabled tale, I believe in the one where everyone in the story thinks that the beheaded horseman is in fact Ichabod’s rival Brom Bones. The two where in a conflict for a woman’s hand in marriage named Katrina van Tassel. She was torn between two men, one was very kind, loving, and courteous, and the other was crude, strong, and demanding. Anyways, this tutorial is going to show you guys "how to draw The Headless Horseman". When you are all done with this drawing, you can choose to draw a bigger pumpkin head for your ghoulish character if you want, or you can just use the pumpkin I drew in the sketch. Either way it will be great. Okay, well that does it for this tutorial. I will be back with more drawing fun so stay tuned in to see what it’s going to be. Adios mi amigos!

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How to Draw The Headless Horseman

how to draw the headless horseman step 1

STEP 1.

The first thing you are going to draw out is the body framing for the horseman's horse. Start by making the shape for the snout, and head. Next, draw a neck line, and connect the neck to another larger circle shape for the chest of the horse, and then another shape for the back end of the horse. Connect the two shapes with a back and stomach line too. Lastly, draw the limb lines.
 
how to draw the headless horseman step 2

STEP 2.

Now you can use the frame you just drew, and start sketching out the shape of the horse's head, and neck. The next thing you want to do is draw the lining for the legs, and stomach like you see here. Notice how the outline of the horse's mouth is wide open.
 
how to draw the headless horseman step 3

STEP 3.

As you can see your horse is going to be just about finished in this step. All you have to do is draw out the ears, and the flaming mane. Continue to draw out the back, behind, back and front legs, and then the hooves. Add an evil looking eye, nostril holes, and a row of teeth.
 
how to draw the headless horseman step 4

STEP 4.

Finish off the horse by drawing out the tail, and the flaming horse hair on the back of the front and back legs like so. When the horse is all done, you can start drawing out the Headless Horseman. Start by sketching out the shape of the body, and or coat, and don't forget to draw in the horse's bridle.
 
how to draw the headless horseman step 5

STEP 5.

Continue to draw out the Horseman's body like you see here, and then draw out the flowing cape. Once that is done, draw or sketch out the arm, the shape of the pumpkin head, and then sketch out the clothing like the shoulder pad that is part of the cloak or cape.
 
how to draw the headless horseman step 6

STEP 6.

For your last drawing step, all you need to do is draw out the detailing and definition on the riders clothes. For instance, the shoulder pad or plate needs to have some eyes, nose, and teeth drawn on it, and the pumpkin needs to have some detailing drawn to it as well. Draw in the printed lines on the pants, and draw the boots, horse saddle, and add some definition to the cape, and horse bridle. Erase all the lines and shapes you drew in step one.
 
how to draw the headless horseman step 7

STEP 7.

When you are done, your scary drawing should come out looking like the one you see here. Color in this ghostly character, and you are all set. I hope you had fun guys, and I also hope you where scarred to bits. JK everyone!