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Sketching the Horse
How to Draw Horses
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To sketch the horse, we rough in the main shapes - I usually start with the curve of the barrel, back and shoulders, then adding the neck - these are the main bulky shapes and set up the proportions for the rest of the drawing. Some people start with the legs or head. Keep referring back to your subject, keeping in mind the proportions we discussed earlier. You can see here how the negative space under the belly has taken shape, and the rough angles of the head, shoulder and legs are already starting to look pretty much like a horse. Paying extra attention to proportion at this stage will save you a lot of grief later! I've drawn this heavily so you can see it, but normally I'd keep my lines quite light at this stage.
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