It probably seems really strange, but some times I start out with
measuring the legs, this happens to be one of these times. Generally I
probably wouldn’t have posted this, however I figured I’d give it a
shot since people have different methods of learning. This works really
well if I’m sketching on lined paper, because it already has equally
spaced lines. This comes in handy for me when I am doing gaited breeds,
or breeds like the Friesian where the legs are abnormally long for the
Something to note about my tutorials, I wont do an anatomical break
down, but I draw what feels and looks right. If your looking for
anatomy guidance, check the other tutorials listed on this site, google
search, or pick up an anatomy book.
I occasionally draw three or four lines through the horses body. The
top line (back bone), center line (body line), knee line (alines the
joints), and hoof line (bottom line). The body line give me an idea of
where that center line is going to be. On either side of it the horse
should be fairly equal. The bottom line is the ground.
Considering the breed and the position I am drawing, the horses back
will be a bit more collected as opposed to stretched. This Tennessee
Walking horse is obviously going to be foundation bred. Depending on
the placement for your legs, the legs will be lines coming straight
from the body. I dived them at the joints of the knee and the fetlock.
Heads and necks are simple once you break down their shapes. A typical
foundy walker will have a thick roman profile.
Once you have your basic shapes down, you’ll have a better idea of what
the ending result will look like. Here I have started to draw in the
more detailed outline of the horse.
Notice how the legs fall, and are proportionate to my original drawing.