page will introduce you to some tricks that help
to make the horse look both real and handsome.
it's not at all that easy to draw a horse, if you
don't know exactly what a horse is, how it moves,
and all the details about it's anatomy. Grab as
many horse books as you can find and study them,
especially the illustrations. Otherwise you won't
know the connection between the proportions and
might end up drawing a shoulder where the knee should
is vital in order to produce good artworks. To inspire
yourself, watch movies, visit paintings and photos,
and, most effective of all, do Google - Image searches
related to the topic you want to paint.
horse's body is filled with muscles. Don't draw
the horse's legs too thin, and try to make the body-parts
round and strong.
drawing a horse, try starting with the head. It's
easier to match the body with the size of the head,
then the other way around.
neck does not start right where the cheekbone ends.
Think about the place beneath the cheekbone where
the throat is.
ears start right where the head becomes the neck.
the horse is running, its body is stretched out.
Draw the back long and the neck bent down slightly.
drawing a horse, try to make as many curvy lines
as possible. It creates the impression of the muscles
covering the bones. At the beginning it will probably
make your picture look awkward, but it will improve
once it's in your habit.
draw manes reaching down to the fetlocks and tails
twice as long as the body. It will make your horse
look like a cartoon character.
you see any real horses, paintings, or photos, look
closely at the shapes, proportions, and positions.
you're painting a horse, decide where the light
source is going to be, before you start. Then, make
the sides which are turned to the light, lighter.
horses on paintings look too beautiful for us to
notice that some parts of the horse don't look real.
Try painting sharp light blicks on the horse where
it's facing the light. Try just putting plain white,
but don't make it stand out too much.
is how the African people judge their horses - Arabians,
whom many people consider to be the most beautiful
of the Equines.
The ears are vertical, and their tips are pointing
inward. The big eyes, like that of an antelope,
are set wide apart and low in the face, almost on
the cheekbone. The head is wedge-shaped, starting
big, and ending with a small muzzle so fine, that
the horse can sip tea from a cup.
adding these characteristics to your horse.