How to Draw a Clydesdale Shire Horse


Please PAUSE the "How to Draw a Clydesdale Horse" video after each step to draw at your own pace.


Time-Lapse (Speed Drawing) video:


Written step-by-step video tutorial:


For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin.


Draw Horse Clydesdale Shire 1

Step 1: Draw two circles near the middle of the paper as guides for the first part of the horse's body. First draw four small marks for the height and width of the circle, then connect the marks using curved lines. Sketch lightly at first so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake. But the circles don't have to be perfect. They're just guides. If you do want a perfect circle, trace the outer rim of a coin, a lid or any other object with a circular edge. The circle on the right should be a bit smaller. Don't draw them too far apart, otherwise your horse will end up too long.


Draw Horse Clydesdale Shire 2

Step 2: Draw another circle on the top, left side as a guide for the horse's head. It should be about one-fourth the size of the first one. Pay attention to the distance between this circle and the first one so that your horse doesn't end up being a giraffe!


Draw Horse Clydesdale Shire 3

Step 3: Draw a U-shaped arc on the lower, left side of the head as a guide for the horse's muzzle. The arc should be wider at the top, next to the circle, and a bit narrower at its tip.


Draw Horse Clydesdale Shire 4

Step 4: Draw a small, triangle-like shape on the horse's head as a guide for the ears. The end result should be similar to an upside-down letter V.


Draw Horse Clydesdale Shire 5

Step 5: Draw four lines under the body (two below each circle) as guides for the horse's legs. The first line will be for the front leg on this side of the body. Bend it a bit at the bottom to indicate where the joint will be. The other front leg will be raised as the horse steps forward, so this line should bend in two places and be smaller.

Now draw the guide for the hind leg on this side of the body as an angled line. The line should start at the circle and have a diagonal orientation to the right , and then angle toward the bottom. The last guide, for the hind leg on the other side of the body, should bend slightly to the left.

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