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In this horse drawing tutorial, we will draw a cute cartoon horse. The drawing guide has quite a few details, but if you follow the step-by-step instructions, you will be able to create a great looking horse drawing.
The cartoon horse is part of a series of different horse drawing tutorials. You can find the other guides through the links below.
Don’t draw heavy lines when you start drawing. The early lines will be erased as they are there only to help until we have the outline of the horse ready.
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In the guide below, each step is highlighted in a light blue color.
You don’t need any special pens or tools. A regular pencil, eraser, and paper are all you need. If you want, you can also color the drawing with colored pencils or pens.
You can find a video version of this drawing tutorial below, as well as a printable PDF version.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Cartoon Horse
Draw a circle in the top left corner of the paper.
Draw a larger circle in the middle of the paper.
Connect the circles with a long arc.
Draw another curving line to the other side of the neck. Note that the line has a few notches for the neck and shoulder shapes.
Draw four lines as placeholders for the legs. Three of the legs are slightly bent. Add small ovals for the joints.
Add a small oval for the muzzle.
With the help of the muzzle and head circles, sketch the top and underside of the muzzle and chin.
Outline the legs around the placeholders we drew earlier. Note that the tops of the legs are stronger and wider.
Draw the ears like two leaf shapes. Add the forelock between the ears.
Sketch the mane on the both sides of the neck.
Sketch the tail.
Add eyes and nostrils to the face.
Add more details to the face; eyebrows and a curvy line to separate the muzzle from the rest of the head.
Add four soft triangles for the hooves.
Erase the early “helper” shapes.
Draw the saddle as two rectangles on the horse’s back.
Draw two curves for the saddle strap.
Add two curving lines to the tail to add some texture.
Add a series of curving lines to the mane to add some detail to it.
Clean up and color your horse drawing.
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