May 21 2011

Online Tutorials

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Search google for “digital art horse tutorials” and you’re going to get a landslide.
Here are some of my favourites, but the key is practice, Practice, PRACTICE!!!

I strongly suggest starting with something simple, like a ball, and learning to properly shade,. Then you can quickly expanded into a full horse.

The first thing you need is to learn how to draw. Learning to create your own line-art will expand your repertoire exponentially and lead to a better understanding of how the horse should look.

Horse circles
More drawing
More Circles
Inking

Complete step-by-step

Adm Yrrek does some of the most amazing artwork on Horwse
Galloping Tutorial
Simple Horse
Basic Black Pearl still waiting on part two ♥!

If you’re going to buy a tablet, go for the best one you can afford. Having one that’s slow will lead to you never using it (ask me how I know). I think I’ve gotten fairly good with my mouse, it’s not as intuitive as the tablet, but with practice, it’s worth a few hundred dollars to me.

You do, however, need some good drawing software. I’m a BIG photoshop fan, but GIMP works just fine too and I’ve posted a basic tutorial on how to use it.

Body shading is the #1 place people go wrong. Go SLOW, think about where the light should be and back-up your work so you can go back as far as you need.
Dapples
Body shading
Body shading by CC
– If you’re just learning I really recommend drawing in a layer right on top of your photo, you can get a really good idea of where the shadows/highlights are, but don’t just copy because it won’t look good you need to keep the whole horse consistent.

Details make the drawing!
Bits & Peices
Eyes
Eyes
Hooves
Hair, hooves & eyes
Tails
Mane

Breed Chart

Drawing the Horse
Just for Fun

A whole bunch of tutorials

Jaw-dropping background

Norse says: please be aware most of these tutorials are on the art website “Deviant Art” which contains some adult content. Minors should always ask their guardian before going on such site. Parents should be aware you have to create an account, log in & turn off the content filter in order to view any adult content on Deviant Art. Still this is an website meant for artistic expression so please use your own judgment.
Thanks to HH user Cen-Cen, here is another tutorial, that covers all main parts. Image created by Cen-Cen

6 responses so far

6 Responses to “Online Tutorials”

  1. daywen123on 26 May 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Wow! These are super helpful! Thanks sooo much!

  2. Cen-Cenon 29 May 2011 at 9:32 pm

    I put together a tutorial earlier today for coloring linearts. I’m covering everything: eyes, shading, manes, tails, hooves etc. I had to split it into 2 parts because the beginning was huge, but pretty much everything can be done from the first part. Just thought I’d put it up here:
    http://i52.tinypic.com/208tf2q.png

  3. Carolynon 15 Aug 2011 at 12:00 am

    you say you’ve gotten good at using the mouse, right? how do you do it? whenever i use a mouse, the lines come out all squiggly and uneven. how do i correct it to be smooth? thanks. :D

  4. PokerGirlon 09 Oct 2011 at 3:42 pm

    I will get better. Eventually. I think. I hope. Lol.
    Well, the horses I draw are okay, but I have problem with the colors :X

  5. shimmeron 03 Mar 2012 at 11:03 am

    thats great

  6. Katelynon 01 Jul 2014 at 3:01 pm

    how do I take my already finished lineart (That I have drawn and scanned to the computer) and format it to the Golden Apple template? please help

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