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Today we will learn how to draw a seahorse. Colorful seahorses are easy to draw. Kids and adults of all skill levels will be able to create a cute cartoon seahorse with the help of the step-by-step tutorial below. You can also find a downloadable PDF with step-by-step instructions and a video on how to draw a seahorse.
A seahorse’s simple body shape makes it very easy to draw. In our tutorial, we’re using a few basic shapes to get the seahorse’s outline and proportions right. When the basic outline is in place, completing and detailing the seahorse is very easy.
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Don’t press your pencil hard when you start drawing. Instead, draw with soft, smooth strokes. We will erase the early shapes during the drawing process.
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.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Seahorse
Draw a circle in the middle of the top part of your paper. This will become the seahorse’s head.
Draw another, slightly larger circle below the first one. Connect the circles with a straight line.
Draw two rectangle; one between the circles and the other on left of the first circle.
Draw a long vertical line crossing both circles. Add two circles at the bottom of the line.
Detail the seahorse’s mouth inside the rectangle at the top.
Erase some of the shapes; the rectangle around the mouth, the vertical line on the right, and the top side of the small circle at the bottom.
Draw a curving neck inside the rectangle between the circles. Add a horizontal line that cuts through the top half of the large circle.
Draw a semi-circle to the right of the head. Add a small triangle that connects the small rectangle to where the two lines cross in the mid-body.
Draw the eyes as small circles. Sketch a series of arcs inside the large arc on the right side of the head.
Erase extra lines in the head and neck areas. Draw an irregular rectangle for the ear. Sketch a curving line that connects the neck with the mid-body. Add another horizontal line crossing through the lower half of the body.
Add three small arcs behind the ear.
Draw a curving line and a rectangle at the lower body.
Draw big pupils, add an arc for the eyebrow, and draw a curvy line from the neck to the tail.
Connect the mid-body to the tail. Add a few curving lines to give texture to the belly-side of the seahorse. Erase the extra lines in the mid-body.
Add three dots to the side. Erase the extra lines on the tail.
Add some dots to the side of the head and details to the ear.
Clean up your drawing and have fun coloring your seahorse with colorful colors.
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