- Level: Intermediate
- Subject: Horse Head in profile
This tutorial should get you going on drawing horses – the head specifically.
You should be able to reproduce the results either digitally or using pencil, pen, paper and a good eraser. If you would like to study the results, you can download it at the end of this tutorial.
First, try to imagine and breakdown the seemingly complicated head of the horse. You will notice that it is sphere for the head, a cylindrical protruding to the muzzle and another much smaller sphere for that area. On the profile view, it becomes circles and a cylinder. The neck too is a cylindar and on profile, it would become a rectangle – but to make it interesting, I twisted it a bit.
With the guide in your minds eye, draw these rough shapes to gain confidence before moving on to actual sketching.
When you are drawing this on paper, try to make the rough lines as light as possible. If you are doing this in a graphics editor – and it provides layers (like GIMP and Photoshop do), do not worry about the intensity/darkness of the lines. For the next step, start in a layer over this and reduce the opacity of the rough layer.
Before proceeding with the sketchcing, observe some of the details that make up the feature of the hourse. The muzzle has a hemi-sperical shape and when it opens its mouth, there is a distict profile silhoutte. The forehead has a bump and the strong jaw muscle causes a bulge on the underside of the head near the neck joint. Do not forget the mane that runs down the back of the neck from behind its ears.
With the above details in mind, start sketching the outline and the details. Try to keep the flow of your strokes along the form of the horse’s head.
If you are doing this on pencil, you can do it a little darker than the rough, or you could switch to a softer (and hence darker) pencil like 2B or 4B.
On paper, lightly erase the pencil lines and start drawing with a black pen.
If you are doing this digitally, switch to a new layer, and reduce opacity of the sketch layer. (You can turn off or delete the rough layer).
It may be difficult to give varying thickness to the lineart when done on paper, but going parallel to the already drawn lines and filling it up would do – be very careful when you are doing this. Like in the digital medium, you do not have an undo feature while using a pen.
In the digital medium, using the pressure sensitivity and a inking tool makes it real easy to create the lineart with varying thickness.
You can download the finished artwork and open it to see the different layers to see the progression.
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