Unicorns are mythical, magical horses with spiral horns in the center of their heads. While there is no fossil evidence of such a creature, it has been depicted in the artwork of civilizations across Europe and Asia since antiquity. In fact, in ancient Greece, the unicorn featured not in their mythology, but in their encyclopedias of natural history.
It is theorized that the idea of the unicorn may have come about when the spiral shaped tusks of a whale called the narwhal were discovered on the seashore. In medieval Europe, narwhal tusks were often sold as unicorn horns, thought to posses the power to cleanse poisoned water and heal illnesses.
Modern popular culture has heartily adopted the unicorn, especially in children’s cartoons. Popular renditions of this legendary animal include The Last Unicorn (1982), The Chronicles of Narnia (2005), and the various retellings of the My Little Pony series.
Would you like to draw your very own unicorn? All you will need is a piece of paper, a pencil, and this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial. Optionally, you may want to have an eraser handy to correct mistakes and remove guide lines.
In each step of this drawing guide, you will either add new lines to your drawing – highlighted in blue in the illustrations – or erase lines made previously. If you have paints, markers, crayons, or colored pencils, you can shade your finished picture.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Unicorn
Draw another curved line passing through the circle, meeting the line from the previous step. This outlines the unicorn’s lower jaw.
Connect the head to the body by drawing a curved line. Extend a short, curved line from the other end of the body.
Use a series of connected, “U” shaped lines to form the feather pattern on the bottom side of the wings.
Draw a small oval on the snout to form the nostril, and a larger circle for the eye. Within the eye, draw a circle inside a circle and shade between them. Draw several short, curved lines above the eye to indicate eyelashes.
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