How to Draw a Horse: Step by Step

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How to Draw a Horse: Step by Step
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  • Hi, Tom here and in this week's video I'll show you a simple way to draw a
  • horse, in this drawing a use of 4B pencil, but any pencil would do, first draw a
  • circle, it can just be a rough circle, it's a basic shape for the front of the
  • horse, next draw a slightly smaller circle on the left, leaving a gap about
  • as big as a small circle, now we can draw a big oval to fill this gap between our
  • two circles,
  • next draw two lines from the biggest circle going right and they get near
  • each other as they get longer for the neck, now draw a small circle for the top
  • of the head and then another circle slightly smaller for the mouth area of
  • the head of the horse, then we can join these two circles together with two
  • short lines, next draw a circle for the knee of the
  • front leg of the horse, again we can join this circle with two lines, now we need
  • another smaller circle for the end of the leg and then just two narrow lines to
  • join these circles together, then we could draw a wedge at the end for the
  • hoof of the horse, we can repeat this process for the second front leg, but
  • this time I'll draw it going straight down to the ground, you could have both
  • front legs going straight down to the ground, I guess, now we can read across
  • the height of the knee of the leg on the right to find the heights for the circle
  • for the leg on the left, this circle needs to be perhaps slightly left of the
  • center circle above it and then the lower part of the back legs will come forward,
  • again we can repeat this process for the last back leg of the horse too,
  • at this stage we could add the ear and maybe some marks to indicate where the tail goes,
  • so, all we've done really is just blocking the basic shapes of the horse
  • first, rather than add any detail, which can happen later, next we can smooth out
  • some of the lines, building on these basic shapes that we have,
  • horses are very powerful animals and I think it's a challenge to draw the power but also
  • the elegance of a horse,
  • you could add some spirals to your drawing to indicate the form of the
  • horse, I find that helps sometimes, so that you get away from just drawing the
  • outline of a horse, but start to think about the 3d structure within it and
  • then you can sort of find the lines for indicating bits of muscle and bits of
  • outline later on, we could also block in the eye, the
  • nostril and the mouth, but everything is still in a sketch form at the moment
  • the next step is to erase the lines that we no longer need, in this sort of
  • drawing I think it's best to draw the basic shapes first, but then to be very
  • willing to correct anything that you think you can improve, just by erasing
  • that one area and redrawing it, rather than erasing too much, I'll draw the ears
  • going forward, then once you are ready you could add some tone to your drawing, some
  • tonal value, for this drawing I'm using a 4B pencil and I'm going to make the
  • horse quite a dark tone, but I'll leave some sort of reflected light in it,
  • maybe using an eraser to get the highlights back in,
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  • up to date, thank you very much for watching and see you next time bye bye!

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