Beautiful 2019 Horse Drawings

Horse drawings are beloved by horse lovers and artists alike. Horses are one of my favorite animals and have long been a favorite subject of artists. They are elegant, mysterious, powerful. Horses are some of the most beautiful animals on earth.

Horses are fascinating creatures and are challenging yet fun animals to draw

Horses and dogs share an unique bond with humans. These incredible animals have been friends of man for thousands of years and have a close relationship with human civilization.

The horse is a creature of beauty. It's beloved by millions of horse lovers worldwide. Drawing a horse creates a special challenge for artists with it's unique shape and confirmation.

Drawing horses brings you closer to their natural world. Each horse is an individual. When you draw a horse it allows you to better understand the animal's unique characteristics.

Drawing Horses

Running horses are beautiful, graceful creatures and yet, they're also one of the hardest animals to draw. Your hard efforts will pay off, however. When you show movement in your horse drawing your art will come to life.

When I draw a horse, I seek to show justice to the subject by allowing his/her personality to shine through my art.

Pay special attention to the body, head and neck proportions and the expression in the eye when you are creating your drawing.

You can also add a highlight to the horse's eye in your drawing. Small details such as this increase the life and expression of your finished work.

Beginning Horse Drawing

To get started drawing horses, you'll need the right tools and supplies. The tools you use can make your horse drawings so much easier and more effective. Click here to learn more about the drawing tools for horse artists.

How Do I Draw a Horse?

If you're truly interested in drawing a good horse, you must understand the horse anatomy and know just where contour and mass take place, as well as what makes it take place. Recognize the deep muscles of the hind quarters, the flow of lines, the length of the neck and head. Some horses have heavy muscles that illustrate a powerful confirmation.

There are also various movements of a horse that need to be understood as you undertake drawing a horse. A gallop, trot and fast run will all place the horses body into different positions with the feet in varying  movements. A jumping horse creates a new dilemma for an artist.

Sketching Horses

Any horse drawing begins with a sketch. Use a separate piece of paper to get your ideas down and to get a feel for what you are trying to accomplish. A drawing is a process of building, adding , and refining each step until finished. These steps can be applied to drawing any animal.

Sketching is a great way to observe horses and have fun as well. While horses are never standing still for long, you'll learn a lot about their anatomy and character if you spend a few moments observing and sketching a horse.

Quickly capture the essential lines of the horse. Sketching will help you get to know your subject. You can spend many enjoyable hours with horses sketching and photographing them. Carry a small pocket sized sketchbook in the field for quick and simple horse line drawings.

Smooth flowing strokes are good for creating the long hair of a horses mane and tail. Small parallel strokes create detail on the short hair of the horse's coat. Observe the direction of the horse's contours and hair growth pattern.

Horse Drawing References

Drawing a horse that is constantly in motion is a nearly impossible feat! You'll want to use a photographic reference to help you as you learn to draw horses. If you are serious about realistic drawings of horses, photography will be one of your most important tools. Photography preserves a moment in great detail and gives you a lot more information to work with as you create your drawing.

 Be careful to only use your own photographs or photographs that you have permission to use, such as public domain photos of horses from or Generous photographers have made their photos available for horse artists at

Most photographs are copyrighted and you don't want to infringe on another artist's work without their permission. There are many beautiful books about horses filled with beautiful photography, however you can't use photos from books as a primary drawing reference. Those photos are another artist's copyrighted work. They are a good source of information, and it's ok to use them for practice sketching, but you'll want to create your own unique references for your finished horse drawings.

Combining Reference Drawings

You can make a unique drawing by combining elements from different photos in your drawing. Try using a horse from one photo with landscape elements from other photos for greater flexibility and impact.

Be careful, though, to make sure that the light is coming from the same direction in all your references that you combine to keep your horse drawing realistic.

Photographing Horses for Drawings

The best source for horse drawing references is your own camera! Take your own unique and original photos to take your art to the next level.

There are many places to observe horses that are open to the public, such as horse shows and rodeos, parades, fairs and race tracks. Take a drive through the country to find horses with landscapes. Visit a horse sanctuary or rescue to see and observe horses, you can even volunteer for some hands on experience with horses if you don't have one of your own.

Zoos are a great resource for finding and photographing the wild relatives of the horse, the Przewalski and the zebra.

Drawing Horse Breeds

There are many horse breeds with their various confirmations. You'll want to learn more about the individual characteristics of the various horse breeds as you progress in your drawing journey. The Quarter Horse has a shorter and wider head than a Thoroughbred, with a small muzzle and short alert ears.

Arabian horses have an elegant arched neck, refined, wedge-shaped heads, a broad forehead, large eyes, large nostrils, and small muzzles. The Arabian horse breed is a strong and hardy, yet light and fast horse of the desert, with a broad, short back and a naturally high tail carriage. 

Books about Drawing Horses

  • Draw and Paint Realistic Horses - Jean Filler Scott
  • Draw Horses - Discover Drawing - Lee Hammond
  • Horses & Ponies: Popular Breeds in Pencil - Patricia Getha


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