When you finish your Horse drawing why not color it in like this!

Click on the painting above to find out how I created these colorful images from my Horse drawing.

I used watercolor paints and masking fluid, both available from BLICK art supplies.

Ideas and Techniques in graphite pencil for drawing a Horse

Pencil hardness for the bald eagle drawing

Once you have finished your drawing there is a lot more to learn that would serve you well in your more advanced animal drawing. I recommend watching the video below of me drawing a Rottweiler in graphite pencil. In the video, I am practicing a method whereby I initially draw the volumes of the animal with straightforward circles. This gives a solid foundation for your animal drawing, and also you can use precisely the very same strategy in your horse drawing.


8B to HB

To go into more detail, pencils are rated for hardness and softness making use of the HB scale. A typical set of 5 pencils suitable for animal drawing in general, can typically range from 8B, the softest, to HB, the hardest. You can acquire harder pencils than HB, but these are better suited to technical drawing. When you attempt to get away with making use of only a single HB pencil, you will find yourself pushing down too hard in a useless attempt to get an adequately dark tone. Switching to a softer pencil is a much better option, particularly as a set of 5 pencils is not too pricey. You can see the difference it can create in the image further down.

Ideas and Techniques in colored pencil for drawing a Horse

Ideas for easy Bird drawing in colored pencil

I’m a big advocate of colored pencils when it comes to sketching animals in general, and for including some color to your sketch of a Horse, they are simply the best. They are actually very easy to use, providing an amazing level of control, and also you can tidy them away quickly after you have finished drawing for that day.


They do not set you back as much as several kinds of other art products, and also you can find a significant range of colors to select from. They are definitely best for novices to discover the basics of color theory, something that will be useful for the remainder of their lives, also if it’s not directly linked whatsoever to drawing animals.


Ideas and Techniques in Watercolor for drawing a Horse

Ideas for easy Watercolor for birds

Watercolor Brushes


Drawing a horse in Watercolor is not as hard as it might appear at first glance. This is because you can make use of watercolor in several styles. You can make use of it with a large soft round brush called a Mop, or a large flat brush called a Wash Brush or merely a “Flat”. These brushes function well for backgrounds to your horse drawing, permitting you to use a method referred to as “wet in wet” which is wonderful fun as it is really quick.

The next fascinating brush for drawing Animals in Watercolor is referred to as a Rigger. This is due to the fact that it was first developed to draw in the rigging of ships with sails. It’s an elongated thin brush, not very big, however, it would certainly be great for the details of the horse. for instance. The brush you will make use of for practically all your other work is a number 4 or 6 “Round”. This is the watercolor brush equivalent of your pencil.

You can obtain brushes as minute as 000, for the extremely finest of really detailed work, and also professional wildlife artists work with these brushes to paint in the single hairs of the animal or animals they are painting, to get that unbelievable finished look. The finest Watercolor brushes in the world are made from Kolinsky Sable. The hairs from these Martin like animals, initially from Russia, have a unique springiness which permits them to return to their shape quickly while holding a good amount of watercolor or just water.

Anatomy of a horse,Skeleton, for artists

Some Interesting Facts about Horses


An average horse’s speed is between 35 to 40 miles an hour, however, racehorses can run considerably faster, somewhere between 40 and 45 miles an hour. The foot of a horse is called hoof. It’s made up of keratin, the same material that makes up the fingernails of humans.


The weight of Horses heart is around 9 pounds.


They use their tails to keep warm and swat flies and other insects away.


They drink quite a lot of water, sometimes up to 10 gallons every day. They are herbivores which means that they live on grass and other vegetation which is digested in their stomach by bacteria, which transformed the vegetation into fat, more specifically medium chain triglycerides or MTC’s.


They have very flexible ears, which means that they can direct their ears towards any sound which could be considered a threat. This is because horses avoid predators by being able to run fast, But they would not know when to begin running if they could not initially identify the threat.


In terms of their eyesight, by having their eyes on either side of their head they have all-round vision. They also have a very efficient sense of smell which can identify predators who are upwind.


They are generally very reluctant to lie down, spending no more than an hour a day lying down. This is because they are able to sleep while standing up. Occasionally you might meet a human who appears to be sleeping while standing up!


A foal is the name given to a horse in the first year of its life. The name for a young male is a colt, and the name for a young female is a filly. The name for a fully grown male is a stallion and the name for a fully grown female is a mare.


Horses are divided into three main categories, Warmbloods, Cold Bloods and Hot Bloods. The Warmbloods are a mixture of the Hot Blood and the Cold Blood and are used for all the different kinds of riding. There are many breeds of horses, over 300 in fact.


There are many uses for the hair of a horse. With the hair of the mane and tail, you can make musical instruments bows for violins and violas for example. You can upholster furniture with horsehair, you can make fabric from horsehair and also use it in plaster to strengthen the plaster.


Unlike humans they do not need much sleep, 2 1/2 hours a day he is generally enough. They have been trained to count up to 4 this is still a long way from a chimpanzee, however!


They are able to follower commands and integrate well into a rider and animal combination.


The fastest they have ever been recorded running is 55 miles an hour for a short sprint, and the average speed while galloping is around 30 miles an hour. The amazing thing about their eyesight is that they can choose between focusing both eyes on one object, or individually focusing each eye on a different object. They have the largest eyes of any land mammal, and they have superb vision. Both day and night vision is excellent.


It’s hard to believe but originally horses were no bigger than dogs and unlike today they didn’t have hooves, they had toes with a pad underneath much like dogs. We don’t know when they were first captured by humans and integrated into their way of life, but we do know that fairly early on they were used to pull vehicles like chariots and wagons. In the very first taxonomic family designation, Horses were called Equidae, and from this word, we have words like equitation. It was over 50 million years ago that they first roamed the earth and donkeys and the zebras are their cousins.



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