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How to draw a horse’s head

Welcome to the wonderful world of drawing horses! Follow our step-by-step guide on how to draw a horse's head.

Drawing a horse's head

1. Start with three lines marking the base of the ears, the eyes and the nostrils. The distance from the base of the ears to the eyes will be roughly half the distance from the eyes to the nostrils if measured at the middle of the face. The ears are closer together than the eyes and the nostrils are closer together still.

2. Add two lines to mark out the cheek.

3. Draw a circle for the nose. Make sure it’s not placed centrally around the nostrils, as you won’t see much of the nostril furthest away. The lower right-hand quarter of the circle will mark the chin. Add an oval shape for the cheek.

Steps on how to draw a horse's head

4. Now you have a rough outline you can start sketching all the details. Try to make all your lines curve inwards or outwards, rather than travel in straight lines.  Remember that the poll is higher than the base of the ears – the ears don’t sit on top of the head, but on the sides of it.

5. Finally, add the mane and forelock.

6. Now you’re ready to decide if you want to continue with the pencil, or fill in the sketch with pen before colouring it.

Steps on how to draw a horse's head

Top tip – Be careful not to press too hard on the paper or it will be difficult to rub out the lines later. 

We’ve got loads more of great advice and tips on drawing and colouring horses in The Big Book of Drawing Horses & Ponies order your copy today!


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