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Here's a breakdown of how to draw a horse in a side view pose:

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Here's a breakdown of how to draw a horse in a side view pose:


  • Pencil with good lead (HB or 2B)
  • Eraser
  • Sharpener
  • Paper
  • Optional: Drawing reference photo of a horse (side view)


  1. Basic Shapes:

    • Lightly sketch a large oval for the body. This will define the main volume of the horse.
    • Add a smaller, slightly angled oval in front of the large oval to represent the head and neck. The neck oval should be thinner and tilt slightly downwards where it meets the body oval.
    • Draw a circle within the head oval for the eye.
  2. Facial Features:

    • Refine the eye by adding a small circle within it for the pupil and a curved line above for the eyelid.
    • Below the eye, sketch two short lines for the nostrils.
    • You can add a small line for the mouth at the bottom front of the head oval.
  3. Legs:

    • From the underside of the body oval, draw two angled lines down for the front legs. These lines should be slightly thicker at the top (near the body) and taper down towards the hooves.
    • At the bottom of the front legs, draw small ovals for the knees.
    • Below the knees, draw another set of angled lines for the lower legs, ending in small circles for the hooves.
    • Repeat the process for the back legs, starting from the backside of the body oval. The back legs are typically slightly angled back compared to the front legs.
  4. Refining the Body:

    • Connect the head and neck oval to the body oval with curved lines to create a smooth neck.
    • Add another curved line extending back from the body oval to define the hindquarters.
    • Refine the body shape by adding a slight curve for the belly underneath the body oval.
  5. Tail:

    • From the back end of the horse, draw a curved line upwards and outwards for the tail. You can add some wispy lines at the end for the tail hairs.
  6. Hooves:

    • Refine the hoof shapes by adding a curved line at the bottom to separate the hoof wall from the sole.
  7. Details and Shading (optional):

    • Once you have the basic horse structure, you can add details like the mane and fur. The mane can be drawn with flowing lines along the top of the neck and head.
    • For shading, use light pencil strokes to add depth and dimension to your horse. You can shade areas like the legs, belly, and around the facial features.

Here are some additional tips:

  • Use light pencil strokes at first so you can easily erase mistakes.
  • Pay attention to the proportions of the horse's body. The head should be about half the length of the body.
  • Use reference photos to help you capture the details of a horse's anatomy.
  • There are many different horse breeds, so you can research specific breeds to add unique features to your drawing.
  • Practice drawing basic shapes like ovals and circles to get comfortable with the horse's form.
  • Most importantly, have fun and experiment with your creativity!
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