The head on side viewFor this first lesson, he explains us his method to simply draw a side head of a horse. In a further lesson we will have a look at other parts of the body of this amazing animal... Step I Start first by sketching a trapezium : Step II Following this first step, you will draw two dotted lines passing through the middle of each side (see image).
Then, sketch a little arrow (in blue) composed of two small lines at the top of the trapezium (bottom left on the image). Finally, for this second step, create the location of the jaw by drawing a light cercle (the location is important). Step III In the top half of the trapezium, create a line from side to side, by joining the two quarters of its length. Here you don't know why it stands for but you are lacating the space reservation for the eye... Finish by drawing the last construction lines as shown on the image bellow. Step IV When the construction lines are finished, we are going to better detail our sketches...
Draw the general basis (the eye in the rectangle previously prepared, the ear the following one, the nastril). Step V Delete the construction lines and start the details... You will start fist with the external outlines. Don't try to find the pecfection right now, you will refine them later... Let you be guided by the sketches you have previously created. You will notice that the top of the circle aims at the location of the mane et the bottom at the jaw... Step VI Notice that the mouth is being precised as well as the cheek and the jaw... You can now start to place the veins and the shadows (on the ear, on the neck and from the nostril to the eye), then the back bone of the jaw. Step VII At this step, we could think that we draw the bones... but it's not the case ! These are the shadows again.
You have to know that in paintings, what creates the reality is generally due to the lights and the shadows. Step VIII Now you should stop for a while in order to sharpen your pencil... When you are ready, refine the outlines and detail more the eye (eyelid and glints), the nastril and the ear. Carry on with the shadows (on top of the eye and in the erea of the mouth). Step IX Finally, here is the moment for livening up your drawing. Fill the light that recedes along the sharp edges. The eye, bulky, that generates a massive shadow. The nastril : deep but slim, the ear : rangy. You can finish by refining more the veins, adding several tufts on the mane and smoothing the shadows. Try to remember the horses you have seen in your life : they are smooth and brawny.