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Drawing for Kids: Draw a Pony

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What You'll Be Creating

Today we'll draw a cute pony. It may look very simple, but it will be based on a realistic horse—just in less advanced form. You'll learn how to build a "base" for a drawing and how to measure with lines. You just need:

  • a pencil (the softer, the better)
  • two sheets of paper (it can be a cheap copy paper)
  • a ball-point pen or a marker (something that makes dark lines)

You don't need an eraser!

what do you need to draw

1. Draw the Body

Step 1

Take one sheet of paper. Imagine an oval and sketch it very lightly with your pencil. Don't draw it all with one line. Try to use short lines with gaps.

draw an oval lightly chest
This will be the chest

Step 2

Divide the oval into halves. If you don't know how, here's a way:

Find the center of the oval and mark it with a dot. Then draw one dot on the right and one on the left. Join them with a line to divide the oval into halves.

draw half oval

Step 3

Draw a circle next to the oval. Make it a bit smaller.

draw circle bum
This is the bum of our pony

Step 4

Now join up both shapes with curved lines. The body is finished!

draw horse body
This is the back and the belly

2. Draw the Legs

Step 1

First draw two lines to find the right place for the legs. The front one (here: left) should be in the front half of the chest-oval. The back one should be placed in the back half of the bum-circle.

measure horse legs draw
These lines don't need to be super straight

Step 2

Mark the places where both lines touch the body (1) and the ground (2). Can you see a line between them? Mark the middle of it.

measure horse legs draw half length
Notice that the right line is a bit longer

Step 3

Now mark the middle of each half.

how to draw pony legs measuring

Step 4

These marks will help us put all the parts of each leg in the right places. We can draw lines to plan how wide each of them will be:

  1. The base of the hoof: the longer this line, the more like a draft horse the pony will look.
  2. The top of the hoof: make it a bit shorter than the hoof.
  3. The wrist/heel: make it even shorter.
  4. The elbow: make it longer than the hoof.
pony legs drawing width

Step 5

Now outline the lines with ovals or circles:

  • Hoof and elbow with an oval
  • Wrist/heel with a circle
pony legs drawing parts

Step 6

We now have enough lines to draw the hooves:

pony drawing hooves

Step 7

To draw the lower legs, join up the hoof with the wrist/heel. If you want to make them more realistic, make the lines curve inward.

pony drawing lower leg

Step 8

Now join up the wrist with the elbow, and the heel with the bum.

pony drawing upper leg
The legs are done!

3. Draw the Head

Step 1

Start by drawing the neck—a single curved line.

draw pony neck line

Step 2

Attach a line to the neck. This will be the base of the head.

draw pony head line

Step 3

Draw two circles on the line. Make one very big (the head) and one smaller (the snout).

draw pony head circles

Step 4

Draw the eye, the nose, and the smile.

draw pony face

Step 5

Join the two "head-circles" with gentle lines to complete the head.

draw pony head complete

Step 6

Now join the head with the body by drawing two lines similar to the neck-line.

draw pony neck lines complete
It looks almost done, doesn't it?

4. Add Details

Step 1

To draw an ear, draw a line from the middle of the head.

draw pony ear line

Step 2

Then join it with the head, creating a "curved triangle".

draw pony ear complete

Step 3

Draw the mane in any style you want.

draw pony mane

Step 4

Put a circle at the end of the bum to create the base for a tail.

draw pony tail base

Step 5

Draw a curved line to show where the tail will go.

draw pony tail line

Step 6

Draw an oval "attached" to the line.

draw pony tail width

Step 7

You can now outline the lines to create the tail.

draw pony tail complete

5. Create the Final Drawing

Step 1

The base is done! This is where the actual drawing starts. Take a ball-point pen or anything that creates dark lines, and draw over the sketch. You can fix any mistakes now.

draw pony layers outlines

Step 2

Take the second sheet of paper and put it right over the other. You should see the lines of the sketch underneath. If not, you can use a window to see it.

draw pony two sheets paper

Step 3

Let's go back to drawing. This time we're working on the real picture, so be more careful. You can also use darker lines.

Draw an outline of the body using the shapes you can see beneath.

draw pony body outline

Step 4

Draw the hooves with two simple lines.

draw pony hooves

Step 5

Draw the mane and tail. If you want, you can use a lot of lines to make it fluffy.

draw pony mane tail

Step 6

Outline the eye, nose, and smile. Draw a spot of light in the eye.

draw pony eyes

Step 7

Fill the eye and nose by drawing tiny circles inside.

draw pony eyes complete

Step 8

You can now remove the sheet underneath and finish the drawing. For example, you can create hair by drawing short lines all over the main outline. You can also add another pair of legs.

draw pony details hair beginner


You've made it! But hey, it's not the end! Do you remember that part where we were drawing hooves, wrists, heels, and elbows? These will be important for the next part of this tutorial, in which we'll be learning how to draw a running pony!

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