How to Use the Proper Proportions of Horse Drawing

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The proper proportions of horse drawing are very important in order to create a realistic likeness. To help with this, many artists use the length of a horse’s head to help them measure and compare other parts of their subject. In this article, we will take a look at how to draw a horse using this measurement.

We’ll begin by making a simple circle for the horse’s head. Next, we’ll add the outline of its ears and a curved line for its neck. It’s important to note that horses have very long hair on their heads and necks, which can be quite difficult to get right. Once the outline of these parts is drawn, we’ll move on to the body.

For the back legs, we’ll start by measuring the distance from the horse’s poll to its rump with either a ruler, a drawing compass, or a pencil and record this measurement on our paper. We’ll then roughly indicate the first leg, ensuring that it lines up with this measurement. Then, we’ll repeat the process for the other leg. Once we’re confident that the placement of both front and back legs is correct, we’ll move on to the hooves.

To draw the hooves, we’ll first need to establish that the front legs are much longer than the back ones. To do this, we’ll draw two circles for each leg and then mark a point between them with a curved line. This will be the location of the hoof. We’ll then sketch the shape of the leg, leaving a gap between the bottom and the ground for the hoof.

After that, we’ll need to draw the face of the horse. For the nose, we’ll use an oval shape that slopes down to meet the bottom of the circle for the head. We’ll also add a triangle for the mouth. The nostrils can be difficult to draw correctly, especially since they tend to open and close as needed for breathing. To make them easier to draw, remember that they have the shape of a 6 number or reversed comma.

For the eyes, we’ll use a simple triangle. Don’t forget to add a horizontal pupil if the horse is going to be blue, and don’t forget about the lashes as well.

Finally, we’ll draw the tail of the horse. The actual tail is more of a broom than a furry tail, but the mane hair typically falls down one side of the neck and can even land on the forehead. Fortunately, this hair is easier to draw than most other types of furry animals. Just be sure to keep the hairs fairly consistent in length and density. If you don’t, your horse may end up looking like a chihuahua instead of a majestic steed! We’ll now go over the basic shapes we’ve drawn and erase any unnecessary lines. Once we’re finished, we can check our work against the reference photo to see if any adjustments are needed.