Learning how to draw a cartoon horse can be a challenging task. This adorable animal does have a unique anatomy filled with simple details that you need to be aware of. Indeed, areas like the back legs, the mouth and the neck are not as easy to sketch as you might think. That's why it's important to study this adorable animal carefully before proceeding to the tutorial.
Did you know that the ancestor of horses probably existed 50 million years ago? This animal evolved to the point of being very useful to humans. We use them for transportation and do accomplish physical tasks that required lots of strength. There are roughly 80 million horses in the whole world. It's also fun to note that a horse can stand on its feet almost immediately after being born. Finally, they can sleep only three hours each day. Now that's impressive!
You can start your journey by using the short video below. A step-by-step process and more tips on how to draw this fun animal are also available below.
Below, you can study a simple photography of a horse that shows the external anatomy of our subject. Even for someone who knows how to draw, I think this is probably one of the toughest animal to sketch accurately. First, the horse is well known for having a long and thick crest on the neck (3).
The body of the animal is large, strong and made from curved lines (2). The tail is large and useful to get rid of mosquitoes (1). Horses also have a long muzzle that can be complex to illustrate properly (4). Legs are thin, but still very powerful (6). Finally, don't forget to create subtle hooves using rectangular shapes (5).
The picture we used to study the horse above was really helpful, but it's not enough to fully understand how this animal is created. That's why it can be a good idea to decompose our subject into small pieces. First, the body is made from a long oval shape that is created using irregular lines.
The neck is thick and quite large near the bottom. The shape of the head and the muzzle are very specific. Don't neglect with this one! Legs consist of several small rectangles assembled into a longer shape. Don't forget to illustrate the crest and the tail using more basic shapes.
Cool! Now that you are more aware of how this cute cartoon horse was created, let's draw a simple version using basic shapes. Start by sketching the head and body using oval shapes. Then, polish the silhouette of the character using nice curved lines. Legs are represented using rectangles and a large circle is added on top of the back legs.
Once you are done drawing the legs, add the facial features. Eyes are done using perfect circles while the nose consists of two small dots. The crest and the tail are made from multiple short curved lines. Add gradients and this tutorial is completed.
Now that we are done working with this basic cartoon horse, it's time to learn how to create more fun versions of this animal. As you can see below, you can work on trying a new posture for the character (1). This horse is more dynamic and closer to reality.
The next versions (2 and 3) are featuring animals that are displayed from a side view. Don't forget that you can improve some aspect of your character like adding shadows, highlights and textures.
If you are not sure how to proceed with the creation of new effects, then feel free to try more cool cartoon horses from this site below. These additional resources are perfect for those looking for new tips on how to draw these animals in just a few basic steps. Have fun drawing!