How to Draw Pegasus

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"He's a magnificent horse...with the brain of a bird."
- Zeus describing Pegasus, Disney's Hercules (1997)

In Greek mythology, Pegasus was a winged horse. It is said that he "sprang from the blood of the Gorgon Medusa as she was beheaded by the hero Perseus." Another hero named Bellerophon captured Pegasus and rode him in battle but fell from his back trying to reach the heavens. Later, Pegasus became a servant of Zeus and was transformed into a starry constellation.

The Pegasus has been depicted in much artwork, from ancient and medieval times until today. It symbolized wisdom, fame, and poetry. The image has since traveled from Europe and the Middle East to distant parts of the earth.

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During World War II, for example, an image of Bellerophon riding Pegasus was adopted as the symbol of the United Kingdom's parachute troops. In the 1930s, the Mobil Oil Company adopted a Pegasus as its logo. The Pegasus has been featured in many animated films and television series, including Disney's Hercules and the My Little Pony franchise.

Would you like to draw a Pegasus in flight? This easy, step-by-step fantasy creature drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Pegasus

How to Draw Pegasus: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a circle. This will help you to draw the animal's head.

How to Draw Pegasus: Step 2

2. Use curved lines to outline the ears and snout. Draw the triangular ears, detailing the inside of the near ear. Use a curved line to enclose the mane emerging between the ears. Use a pair of overlapping curved lines to form the snout, and a small shaded oval to indicate the nostril.

How to Draw Pegasus: Step 3

3. Erase the guide lines left by the original circle, leaving a clean outline of the horse's head.

How to Draw Pegasus: Step 4

4. Use long, curved lines to form the horse's neck, shoulder, and chest.

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How to Draw Pegasus: Step 5

5. Use a series of curved lines that meet at jagged points to outline the flowing mane. Use additional curved lines to add texture to the mane.

How to Draw Pegasus: Step 6

6. Extend two long, curved lines from the mane to form the top of the wings. The lines should bend at nearly a right angle. Then, use a series of "U" shaped lines to outline the bottom of the wing, indicating the presence of flight feathers. Draw curved lines parallel to the top of the wing, and additional lines to the scalloped edges of the "U" shaped lines, texturing the feathers.

How to Draw Pegasus: Step 7

7. Use pairs of curved lines to sketch the horse's legs. Notice the bends of the elbow and wrist. Enclose an irregular rounded shape at the bottom of each leg to indicate the hoof.

How to Draw Pegasus: Step 8

8. Extend a curved line from the forelegs to form the belly, and another from behind the wings to form the rump. Then, extend two pairs of curved lines to form the rear legs. Note the bends at the stifle and hock. Enclose the pointed hoof at the end of each leg.

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How to Draw Pegasus: Step 9

9. Extend long, curved lines from the rump, outlining the flowing tail. Use curved lines that meet at jagged points. Then, use additional curved lines to texture the tail. Draw curved lines from behind the ear, down the neck, and across the belly to indicate the horse's underside. Draw a circle within a circle and shade between them to form the eye. Detail the eyelid and brow with curved lines.

How to Draw Pegasus: Step 10

Color your Pegasus. The Pegasus of myth was often white in color.

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