How to Draw a Unicorn – Theory Only

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Learn how to draw a unicorn by following this step by step lesson. Unicorns are often pictured rearing – and that’s what we are going to draw today. Traditionally unicorns have been depicted as having the head and body of a horse, a billy goat beard, lion’s tail and the cloven hooves of an antelope. These days however, they are more likely to be depicted as horses with the typical unicorn’s horn. The unicorn I am going to show you how to draw in this tutorial is the modern version, a horse with a horn. If you first learn how to draw a unicorn in this style you should find it fairly easy to also draw a more traditional one if you want to do so as you will already know how to draw a unicorn’s body and head.

Sometimes people find the prospect of drawing horses a little intimidating – if that’s you, don’t worry. This tutorial will take you through the process step by step so you will avoid common errors and learn how to draw unicorns.

The most important thing to remember when learning how to draw unicorns, is to take your time. Pay particular attention to the legs – it’s important that your unicorn looks as if he is standing on his legs.

One other thing to watch out for is to try and get a sense of action into your drawing. Unicorns, like horses, cannot stand on their back legs for long because the greater proportion of their weight is is in the torso and front shoulders. This is what gives then their slightly top heavy, off balance look when rearing. So it will help your drawing immensely if you get a sense of a ‘moment caught’ on the paper.

How to Draw a Unicorn   Theory Only

Okay, I hope I haven’t put you off! Really, learning how to draw unicorns is not that difficult.

What you will need

HB Pencil

Erasers – putty and/or vinyl

Paper and drawing board or a sketchbook