Horse Anatomy Drawing

Artist: Dawn / December 3, 2014

Step 1.

Skeleton - I'm going to dissect this horse anatomy from bone to flesh. Let's observe the skeleton of a basic generic horse. Notice how the bones of a horse are as complex as say a human or a dog. Though this isn't an exact replica of an equine skelet   

Step 2.

Organs - Here's a simplistic breakdown of a equine's organs. Notice there isn't much here, just the basics. The noticeable difference with a equine's set of organs, is the massive size of the lungs and heart, which is a completely different than say    

Step 3.

The Muscular Anatomy - Here's another breakdown of the muscular components that dress the horse.

Step 4.

Before we begin any lesson, you must first reference and observe horse hooves. You must always scrutinize how the ergot, heel and hoof is structured. The above picture clearly shows you the three most strongest and noticeable points of a hoof. Knowin   

Step 5.

Let's take a peak at how the structure of the hoof is shaped from the front and slightly ¾ view. Notice how the upper ankle starts the curve, and stems out into the bulkiness of the hoof. If you were look at the hoof from the side, the 'ankle' forms   

Step 6.

When using thin lines to detail the definition of the ankle (ergot), you must be aware that there is a groove which bubbles out from the side. Remember I mentioned that ''the ankle forms what is called the ergot from the side view”? This is what I    

Step 7.

Now, since many amateur artists make the same mistake of placing the ergot too high or too low, I sketched up a few examples that will show you where to place it correctly. The first incorrect way, is drawing the ergot too high up as well as too smal   

Step 8.

So what about the 'Dos and Don'ts' of the hoof shape? Here, I list a few examples that I observe many novice artists make. Notice how all the hooves are out of proportions compared the realistic way they're suppose to be drawn. These variations would   

Step 9.

If you prefer drawing simplified hooves, here's a few examples on one of the many styles to draw simplified hooves. There is very few lines to detail the hooves and legs. This type of style would fit perfectly for cartoon drawings of horses.

Step 10.

Here, I label various important features to highlight when drawing the massive head and neck of a horse. Study this well!

Step 11.

Here's a lovely diagram of the horses's head from the front view. Study the shape of the head and how it narrows once it shapes out into the mouth.

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Artist: Dawn
Date Added: December 3, 2014
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Description: Okay folks, I will be uploading a few drawings I made on three different animals in their anatomy state. All three will be in the same style as the cat, dog, and bird anatomy drawings I made. I will start with this one on horse anatomy drawing. The horse is a very beautiful, powerful, self reliant creature that has massive amounts of muscle all over its body like you wouldn't believe. They are among one of the strongest animals walking the earth, and have many contouring shapes that makes up their genetics. Drawing horse anatomy was very challenging as well as very interesting and informative. Hopefully you find this drawing submission useful for when you draw a horse in the future.