When learning how to draw horses using geometric shapes is an easy way to get the basic shape down on paper.
These are the first steps in a three page series that will guide you through the process of drawing a running horse.
Since most people are familiar with and can duplicate ellipses, triangles and other shapes, it gives you a good place to start for shaping horses on paper.
(i) The two bigger ones on the right will be the front of the neck, barrel and the smaller of those two is the hindquarters.
(ii) The two smaller ones to the left will be the top of the head and nose/muzzle.
(iii) Draw a horizontal line near the bottom of the paper as shown above as a guide for the lower legs
Keep all the shapes you draw for horses in these steps light because you are going to erase most of them later.
(i) Draw some straight strokes to connect the face circles
(ii) Draw the neck
(iii) Form the back and belly by drawing two slightly curved lines as shown between the two large body ellipses.
(iv) Time to start the horses legs with triangles
When learning how to draw horses, the legs being in motion can a be bit harder so this makes it easier.
Notice that the triangle is slightly offset to the left, it isn't quite straight up and down.
This time it is slightly smaller and offset to the right to show that the rear legs will be towards the back of the body.
For both of these triangles you are working on the upper part of the legs.
(v) Now draw a line to connect those two triangles
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