Horse Head Drawing (Sketching + Vector)

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Welcome to this new drawing lesson. In this tutorial, I will show you how to draw a horse head drawing using a simple vector application. Your goal will be to duplicate this illustration using a pencil, a piece of paper and a digital software.

Horses are not easy to draw. In fact, it's one of the few cartoon animals that I have to draw very carefully to make sure that the result is 100% accurate. So don't be afraid to work harder and harder to achieve your goal. You can do it! :)

Step 1

Horse head drawing

First, you need to sketch the head using a simple pencil and a piece of paper. In this case, I also add a few extra lines to represent how light will affect my cartoon character. Although the shape of the head is quite realistic, I like to keep a "cartoonish" style to my character.

Step 2

Horse head drawing

When you are finished, you can import your drawing into a vector application. Create a new layer if needed and add a few basic outlines. Lines that are pointed are recommended if you wish to end up with a more polished result.

Step 3

Horse head drawing

Great! Now we need to add plain colors to the illustration. To do so, create a new layer and draw additional shapes behind the dark outlines. By using layers, shadows created in future steps will be hidden by the large outlines.

Step 4

Horse head drawing

Grab your gradient tool and select the plain shapes created previously. Add shadows on most part and make sure that the bottom of each shape is darker.

Step 5

Horse head drawing

Now it's time to add more shadows to give even more depth to the drawing. Create a new layer between the shapes created previously and the outlines. Draw shadows on both sides of the neck, on the nose and on top of the head. You can also add a darker circle around the eye.

Step 6

Horse head drawing

Select the transparency tool and partially hide the shadows (mostly the top part).

Step 7

Horse head drawing

Now we need to add reflections of the horse head drawing. To do so, create new shapes colored in white. 

Step 8

Horse head drawing

Once again, select the transparency tool, but this time hide the bottom part of each shape. The illustration is beautiful, but there is a little something more that we can do to make it even better!

Step 9

Horse head drawing

Select the outlines and apply a lighter tone of color on each line. The best technique to use would be to select a color similar to the one closer to the chosen outline. Great job! Now your drawing is over! Hope you had fun and don't hesitate to try more drawing lessons on this site!


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