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How to draw a horse

We looked at how to draw a horse easily on the first page of this article. Here, we bring you a selection of additional tutorials that will help you fine-tune different aspects. We'll start with some basic tutorials, for those that prefer to non-written instructions. Then we'll go on to some more specific guides, including how to draw a horse's head, tips for sketching manes, horses in motion and more. 

If you're looking to draw better horses, these resources will have you covered...

01. How to draw a horse: Follow-along

While we'd recommend trying to understand the underlying structures before embarking on your horse drawing, if you're looking for a tutorial that skips that step, this one is great. There's no narration – the idea is that you follow the presenter as they create a basic line drawing of a horse. It's clear, slow and simple enough that you'll be able to copy along in real time.

02. How to draw a horse simply

This eight-minute tutorial from Paul Priestley is nicely presented and easy to follow. In it, he talks through his process as he creates a clear pencil drawing of a horse, starting with simple shapes. He covers how to work out realistic proportions for the legs and head.

03. How to draw a horse: Body

If you’re struggling with drawing the body of horse, try this great eight-minute tutorial from Art a la Carte. She breaks down the basic shapes you need, focusing on muscle areas to show you how to draw a horse that looks in proportion and realistic.

04. How to draw a horse: Using simple shapes

Tom McPherson is the man behind Circle Line Art School. In this video tutorial, he walks through how to draw a horse, starting with circles and connecting lines. Beginning the process with simple shapes provides a new way of breaking down the horse's anatomy, and makes easier to build the initial framework if you're struggling to understand the skeleton. 

05. How to draw a horse's head (beginner)

This video tutorial on how to draw a horse's head comes from Harriet Muller, and she does a good job of making it nice and accessible for beginners. Her technique uses simple shapes to provide the underlying structure. Muller also has a more advanced tutorial for more confident artists. This second video uses pencil and dip pencil, but there are plenty of tips for whatever medium you're using – trad or digital.

06. How to draw a horse's head (advanced)

Artist Mark Crilley shares his techniques for drawing an impressively realistic horse's head in this video tutorial. He starts with easy-to-follow instructions, then kicks into timelapse so you can watch him add the finishing tweaks. 

07. How to draw a horse galloping

This excellent nine-minute tutorial from Art a La Cart - aka Valerie Flynn - provides a step-by-step lesson on how to draw a horse. The first minute takes a look at some useful resources; the tutorial then starts, with Flynn explaining how to build up basic shapes and then add darker outlines to create a powerful galloping horse. 

08. Fine art tips for drawing horses

If you can get past the slightly sketchy intro here (it only lasts for the first 20 seconds), then this video tutorial is packed with interesting tips for drawing better horses. The shading insight, too, is particularly valuable. At just five minutes long, it’s worth a watch.  

09. How to draw a horse's mane in Photoshop

This soundless video walkthrough from Jessica Schmitz opens up the process of drawing excellent manes in Photoshop. It’s a little quick if you watch it at normal speed, but just hit Settings > Speed to slow it down. She’s using Photoshop CS5, but the techniques here work in any digital drawing app.

10. How to draw a cartoon horse 

Aimed at kids, this 10-minute tutorial covers how to draw a cartoon horse in a particularly easy-to-follow way. The video breaks the process down into super simple steps – showing both an adult and child drawing on the screen. Great stuff.

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