This lesson on how to draw a horse is the perfect one if you are looking for a simple illustration made with a vector application. I will show you how you can create a simple cartoon animal like the one above using simple shapes and tools. Nothing complicated. :)
First, let's draw the horse using mostly curved lines. For this lesson, I have sketched a horse with a large head and a small body. As you can see, the design is quite simple and no useless details were added. Drawing a horse can be difficult and this design was done so that this part of the lesson can be easier to achieved.
Next, add some plain colors as shown below. The tail and the mane can be filled with a dark brown color while the body can be slightly brighter. The pupil is black and the eye is white. Hooves are grey.
Using the gradient fill tool, you can also add a second color to most shapes to create some basic effects. As you can see below, the body is slightly darker on the bottom while the top is brighter. Repeat this technique on all parts of the horse.
Great! You can now draw new shapes to form various shadows used to give more depth and volume to the illustration. Also, make sure that these new elements are not too dark. Simply look below to see where these elements must be added.
This is the result so far once all shadows are added. This horse is visually quite interesting, but we can do more to make it even better. Now let's draw additional shapes, but this time these new elements will be used to create highlights.
All new shapes below are colored in white. The bottom part of these shapes are 100% transparent while the top is slightly visible. It is important to make sure that these new elements are subtle. If highlights are too bright, the illustration could look strange.
In the image below, you can see the result once all additional shapes are added. Nice work! This cartoon horse is perfect!
Like I said previously, drawing a horse can be quite challenging. Don't hesitate to draw more horses using complex designs. Have fun and keep practicing! That's the only way to get even better! :)