All the lessons on our website are based on the use of geometric shapes, as the initial forms of the drawing of any animal. Using three circles, draw the main parts of the body and connect them with lines, as in my picture.
Drawing these shapes is easy, but it’s important to precisely position them on a piece of paper concerning each other. Try to make this step of drawing the horse as accurate as possible.
In the second step, you need to draw the outlines of the legs, neck, and head. Mark in a small circle on the figure where the horse ’s head will end.
To do this, draw two pairs of small circles and connect them with straight lines. The back legs are more difficult to get, perhaps because they bend not forward, but backward.
Besides, note that the lines of the legs do not start from the center of the circle, but are slightly shifted to the left. Check carefully that all horse proportions are respected.
Correct the lines that you accidentally deleted, and see how easy it is to draw a horse. The first steps of the drawing are very simple but require attention so that the initial contours are precisely located concerning each other.
It is necessary to carefully draw the eyes, nostrils, ears of the horse. You now know how to draw a horse, but you still need to learn how to apply shadows.
This is a complex technique, but use a simple rule for lighting an object. The light falls on the right, so the areas on the left will be darker.
Try creating shadows on the horse by copying them from my drawing. In this lesson, we used techniques for drawing a horse that stands motionless.
Unfortunately they’re tough to research because if you Google any phrase like ‘ drawing horse you’re just going to find a ton of animal drawings. That’s why I made this article: to help artists find the perfect drawing horse for their studies.
If you don’t have time to read this whole post then I’ll cut to the chase: my #1 recommendation is the Beech wood Belgian Art Horse by Creative Mark. Since the top part does fold down it can double as general seating for an art room.
Most benches are light enough to move around because they’re just wooden blocks, usually sized around 1ft wide by 2ft long. These grooves hold your drawing board in place so it doesn’t need to rest up against your lap.
So generally you’ll need to weigh the drawing experience for each art horse against its price. If you have a dedicated room where you typically work then portability won’t be a problem.
Since each person’s situation is different it can be tough to nail down a single best art horse. I mentioned the Creative Mark Belgian Art Horse at the beginning of this post and still think this is the overall best choice.
It comes with a small storage compartment which is a great place to hold art supplies. This drawing horse can hold pencils, paint brushes, and almost anything you’d need to work from a drawing board.
The wood finish is fantastic and it really feels smooth to handle(carrying, adjusting, etc). I can’t say if the wood can hold up in wet grass, but I have a feeling it’ll do fine.
This horse comes with three individual grooves for placing your drawing board at varying angles. These grooves are deep, so they can hold any size art board no problem.
Combining the fact that it’s reasonably priced and very sturdy I have to say this drawing horse should work for any occasion. The legs are built with some type of metal alloy rather than wood so it does feel incredibly strong.
This offers a lot of flexibility depending on the size of your board and how you like to work. The padded seating measures 20 long which is a tad short but should be enough room.
It’s perfect for beginner-level artists who don’t want to spend much and want a padded seating area for maximum comfort. This Woodcraft Art Horse weighs about 20lbs measuring about 1ft wide, 2ft long, and almost 3ft tall(actually 33).
But it also means this can be difficult to move since you have to watch where the front part sticks out while carrying. To me the indentations feel shallow and you may have trouble keeping a thick art board in place.
Because of this drawback I only recommend the Woodcraft horse to artists who use very thin drawing boards. It’s actually best suited for the classroom or in a figure room, or in a fixed position in a home studio/home art space.
If you have a child who loves to draw then the Jonti-Craft 0300JC Art Horse is absolutely the best choice. This art horse is specially designed by the team at Jonti-Craft to be kid friendly and super safe.
Yet surprisingly this horse still measures the same as others: 1ft width, 2ft long, and almost 3ft tall totaling 33 inches from the ground. If you’re doing the math then you’ll realize this isn’t just a child’s art horse.
However, the reason I don’t specifically recommend this horse for adults is because of the design. This horse works best for kids around the ages of 3-12 who show early signs of pursuing art.
And it’s an affordable model too so it can make a great birthday or Christmas gift. The only artists who would enjoy this are trained professionals who want a specialized easel+art horse combo.
As a complete beginner you probably want an art horse that’ll grow with your skills and be around for years. That’s why I still recommend Creative Mark’s Belgian Art Horse for beginners and experts alike.
The pricing is very reasonable and it’s a great intro horse with enough features to be valuable as you develop your skills. If possible try to get out to a life drawing class or even take a trip to a nearby college and ask for a tour of the art rooms.
So what you want is a reasonably priced model that’s durable, easy to use, and simple for beginners to pick up. If you want an art horse on tight purse strings then the Padded Studio Bench is your best choice.
But the price is a lot cheaper so this can even be great for young kids or teenagers pursuing art. This is the most variety out of any horse you’ll find so it’s a great way to cut your teeth(figuratively) with a drawing horse.
One thing to note is that the cushioned seating is not normal or even common in other art horses. If you ever take a figure drawing glass with no easel then you’ll need to adjust to the hard wooden drawing horse.
But for a comfy home choice on a budget the Studio Bench is stellar. Even though the padded studio and the Woodcraft models are close competition, I still have to side with the Beech wood Belgian Art Horse made by Creative Mark.
It checks all the boxes for durability, size, weight, price, and extra features like the storage compartment. The design works for beginners and experts alike so it really does offer the best solution across the board.
However, I will make one exception for parents who have young kids pursuing art. That model is specifically designed for young children and it’s a lot of lighter to carry.
But as kids grow into teenagers and adults there’s good reason to upgrade into a better model with more features and a stronger build. You need to adjust to sitting and drawing in that position without hunching or straining your back.