How to draw a horse's head. Step-by-step drawing tutorial.
Updated: Sep 20, 2022
In this drawing lesson, we will start drawing horses. We will start by drawing a horse's head. In the following lessons, we will attempt to draw a horse with its body.
Step 1. Outline the shape and angle of the horse's head.
In step one, define with long strokes the design and angle of the head and neck. Mark several planes with horizontal strokes and draw constructive lines to place the eyes, nose, and mouth.
Step 2. Draw the horse's eyes, ears, nose, and mouth.
In step two, use the original lines to place the ears, eyes, nostrils, and mouth. (The eyes are at the top of the head at a distance of 1/3 of the total length of the head.) Refine the contours of the jaw and neck.
Step 3. Erase auxiliary lines and detail the horse drawing.
Erase the auxiliary lines that are no longer needed and add bangs between the ears. Now draw thin, jagged lines to mark the change in tone on the horse's face. After that, draw the eye of the horse in more detail.
Step 4. Draw the horse's skin and hair texture.
Now, start painting the skin texture. Replace the solid lines separating the different tones on the horse's head with rows of short strokes in the direction of the hair growth. Then shade the eye and add long strokes on the mane and bangs, contrasting with the short hairs of the coat.
Step 5. Shade the horse's head. Create white and dark spots.
In the last step, create dark areas on the horse's skin using a large feather pencil dipped in graphite dust. Apply wide strokes, gradually reducing them to nothing to the base of the neck. With a smaller blending pencil, add finer details and shadows around the eyes and ears. Lastly, enhance the sense of depth by adding darker shadow strokes inside the ears and under the head.