Learn to draw fun cartoon horses in the fun styles. Cartoon critters are easy to draw compared to realistic horses. You can make a cartoon do things that a real horse can’t and you can really exaggerate the character of the animal. No wonder they’re so fun to draw!
Think of some of the great cartoon equines to grace the silver screen:
What do they all have in common? They all have some feature or characteristic that is blown way out of proportion…
...huge feet, tiny feet, big muzzle, small muzzle, large nostrils, big round eyes, thick neck, skinny neck or crazy hair...and loads of attitude!
Start with picking a feature you would like to emphasize. How about a huge muzzle and a skinny neck? Cartoon horses like this were very popular in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. Horses Tanglefoot and Widow Maker were from that era. So was Molly Moo Cow. Remember her?
In this example you will start with two circles. Notice the circle for the head is small and the one for the muzzle is huge. The ears, eye and mane are drawn in a very simplistic childlike fashion. Grab your pencil and give it a try!
During the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s cartoon horses with big thick draft breed characteristics became popular. Major, Philippe (and Frou Frou from the Artisotcats…) were drawn like this. Big feet, big thick legs and a big horsey muzzle!
Notice the circles that make up the head are both fairly large. The rounded face gives this horse a sense of heaviness. There’s nothing small about this big guy. Try this example on for size!
In the 90’s and on through to today, a more refined stylized horse became popular. Pegasus and Khan are perfect examples of this style. As is Samson from Sleeping Beauty (he was before his time!)
In this example the muzzle is much smaller than the head. The features are sharper and finer. These cartoon horses are and wide-eyed and full of energy. Give it a whirl!
Now that you've tried your hand at cartooning horses' heads, it’s time to draw the whole body. Here are our 3 cartoon characters again. This time shown from head to hoof. As you can see, the body styling is in keeping with the look of the head.
You can free hand draw these cartoons or you can create a grid to use as a guide. Use a ruler to make a simple grid. Draw 5 vertical lines one inch apart and 5 horizontal lines one inch apart. Or use this ready made grid.
Want to come up with your own cartoon horse? Here are some ideas:
Silly and childlike, big and friendly or a high-stepping ball of energy…no matter how you choose to draw them, stay relaxed and have fun with it. Cartoons are not meant to be taken seriously, they're for fun!