How to Draw a Cartoon Horse
(the Easy Way)
Giddy up, pardner! In today's lesson, we're going to learn how to draw
a cartoon horse. Once you've followed our easy steps, you'll be
galloping along in no time and impressing friends and family with your
amazing artistic skills. So, saddle up, grab your pencils and let's get
STEP-1: Coming Out of the Stables with
Some Basic Shapes
The first part of learning how to draw a cartoon horse is sketching out
some basic shapes which will form the basis for our awesome equine
illustration.First of all, draw an oval shape, followed by an
irregular, larger circle beneath as in our illustration.
STEP-2: Trotting Along With Some More Detail
Now we've got the basic shapes, let's make hay while the sun shines and
add some more details to our farmyard friend. The next stage in
learning how to draw a cartoon horse is to sketch in the ears as two
upside-down 'V' shapes just above the head.
Then, draw a box shape with
rounded corners for our horse's nose and mouth.
After this, draw a paddle shape on the left-hand side of the body for
the tail, then draw six vertical lines at the bottom of the body for
the legs. We'll be going from a trot to a canter in no time!
STEP-3: Building up to a Canter by Adding Extra Features
It's time to add some equestrian elements to our drawing to start
bringing our cartoon horse to life! At the top of the head, draw a
shape with a jagged edge to represent the mane, then draw a similar
shape just to the left of the head which joins up with the
Next, add the beginnings of some nostrils and a large,
smiling mouth as
in our illustration. After this, add some texture to the tail by making
the edge jagged.
Finally, let's give our farmyard friend some hooves by drawing three
triangle shapes at the bottom of each leg. Awesome! We're ready to
gallop on to the next stage of our lesson in how to draw a cartoon
STEP-4: Let's Add Some Personality to Our Pony
Our cartoon horse is really coming together, so in this stage, we'll
add some cute features to really give our pony some personality! Finish
off the ears by sketching in two small jagged shapes for the inner ear.
Then, rub out the lines where the mane meets the head so you've got a
nice clean shape to work with.
The next part of learning how to draw a cartoon horse is
to add the
eyebrows and eyes – simply sketch in some rectangles for the eyebows,
followed by two small ovals for the eyes. Remember, a horse's eyes are
on either side of the head, which gives our friendly filly awesome
Now, it's time to add a very important feature to our
cartoon horse –
some large nostrils. Draw these as two oval shapes just beneath the
lines you drew earlier.
Moving on to the mouth, let's give our magnificent mare some teeth by
simply drawing another line just beneath the top of the mouth – horses
have an amazing sense of taste and can sort through fodder to choose
the grains they most enjoy eating!
Finally for this stage in learning how to draw a cartoon
some more detail to the triangular shapes you drew earlier for the
hooves. Did you know that these are made of similar material to our own
fingernails? And, just like us, a horse sometimes needs her hooves
Now, let's take the reins and gallop on to the most exciting part of
our lesson – adding color to our cute cartoon horse!
STEP-5: Giddy Up and Away With Some Awesome Colors!
Now you've learned how to draw a cartoon horse, it's time to break out
of the stables and finish our awesome artwork by adding some
color!First of all, rub out any lines you don't need, then select a
purple pen for the outlilne.
Once you've done this, take a lighter
shade of purple and color in the mane, inner ear, eyebrows and tail –
she's looking swish!
Next, take a pink/purple pen and fill in the 'mane' body area and then
choose a dark gray for the hooves and nostrils.
Lastly, color in the mouth and pupils using black.
There, our pretty
pony is saddled up and ready to go!
We hope you enjoyed learning how to draw a cartoon horse. Now you've
mastered this awesome illustration, why not give free rein to your
creativity by drawing some fields and trees around her? You could even
practice drawing the legs in a different position so it looks like
We've got to gallop away now, y'all, but we'll see you very soon for
another awesome art tutorial!