How to Draw a Seahorse

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.

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.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Shark, Turtle, and Dolphin.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Seahorse

How to Draw Seahorse: Step 1

Draw a circle in the middle of the top part of your paper. This will become the seahorse’s head.

How to Draw Seahorse: Step 2

Draw another, slightly larger circle below the first one. Connect the circles with a straight line.

How to Draw Seahorse: Step 3

Draw two rectangle; one between the circles and the other on left of the first circle.

How to Draw Seahorse: Step 4

Draw a long vertical line crossing both circles. Add two circles at the bottom of the line.

How to Draw Seahorse: Step 5

Detail the seahorse’s mouth inside the rectangle at the top.

How to Draw Seahorse: Step 6

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.

How to Draw Seahorse: Step 7

Draw a curving neck inside the rectangle between the circles. Add a horizontal line that cuts through the top half of the large circle.

How to Draw Seahorse: Step 8

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.

How to Draw Seahorse: Step 9

Draw the eyes as small circles. Sketch a series of arcs inside the large arc on the right side of the head.

How to Draw Seahorse: Step 10

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.

How to Draw Seahorse: Step 11

Add three small arcs behind the ear.

How to Draw Seahorse: Step 12

Draw a curving line and a rectangle at the lower body.

How to Draw Seahorse: Step 13

Draw big pupils, add an arc for the eyebrow, and draw a curvy line from the neck to the tail.

How to Draw Seahorse: Step 14

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.

How to Draw Seahorse: Step 15

Add three dots to the side. Erase the extra lines on the tail.

How to Draw Seahorse: Step 16

Add some dots to the side of the head and details to the ear.

How to Draw Seahorse: Step 17

Clean up your drawing and have fun coloring your seahorse with colorful colors.

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