Horses have been depicted in art for millennia. They have appeared in prehistoric cave paintings such as those at Lascaux, and in temples and tombs during classical antiquity. They were often represented as monumental statues during the 19th century. But artists didn’t know much about horses in motion, particularly how they galloped.
Eadweard Muybridge (1840–1888) was a photographer who developed techniques for capturing images of moving subjects. He was inspired to investigate a long-standing controversy about whether horses have moments in which all four hooves are off the ground, as many artists had speculated. He created a series of photographic sequences, later published as Animal Locomotion. The work influenced a wide range of artistic endeavours, including Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase.
Creating the right pose is essential for a galloping horse drawing, and that’s why it’s important to understand how horses move. You need to be able to draw their muscles and light reflexes, and you have to understand how the horse’s hooves move in relation to its body as it moves. A galloping horse is a complex pose to draw, but it’s possible with practice.
Start by drawing a simple, curved line. Then draw a rhombus in the middle of this line, and add a kind of cap over it. This shape is a horse’s hoof. Horses are odd-toed, so their hooves don’t split like our feet do. You can leave the hoofs as they are or you can add details like a rough texture.
Once you’ve drawn the basic outlines, you can begin to add details and make your drawing look more realistic. Remember to include the skeleton in your drawings, which gives a horse its shape and proportions. You also need to remember that horses have longer legs and necks than people do, and that they have shorter legs and necks in foals (young animals).
Next, draw the humps. A humps is the area under a horse’s hooves, and it’s very easy to forget this detail when you’re drawing a running horse. If you don’t draw the humps, your horse will not stand up well in the final image.
Lastly, you’ll want to draw the horse’s eyes. Horses’ eyes are very distinct and have a vertical orientation, unlike human eyes, which have a horizontal orientation. The eyes should be black or brown, depending on the color of the rest of the drawing.
A galloping horse drawing is a challenging but rewarding exercise for any artist. It requires a great deal of practice to master the basic structure of the animal, and it’s even more challenging to capture the dynamism and energy of the horse in motion. However, if you take the time to study this majestic creature’s movements, you can create stunning horse drawings that are sure to impress your audience. Good luck! And don’t forget to check out our other articles on drawing horses in different poses. We have lots of tips and tricks for beginners and seasoned professionals alike.