How to Draw a Person on a Horse

Updated July 20, 2017

The relationship between humans and horses goes back to ancient times. Although the exact date of horse domestication may be in dispute, it was certainly several thousand years B.C. Since then, humans and horses have enjoyed a close collaboration. Horses have helped us in farming and in wartime. We use horses for companionship and enjoy riding them to reconnect with nature. Horse racing is also a thrilling competitive sport around the world.

Study pictures of horses. Look at pictures of horses trotting or galloping at full speed. Study pictures of riders on horses. Notice the rider reacts differently depending on the speed of the horse. A rider leans farther forward the faster the horse is running.

Draw a horizontal rectangle to represent the body of your horse. Add a tail to one end. Draw two short diagonal lines on the other end for the neck. Draw a vertical oval at the top of the neck lines. Blend the body, neck and head together. Draw hair on the top of the horse's neck. Add the ears and mouth. Draw in a nostril and the nose. Draw an eye on the side of the head. Draw a bridle on the horse's head connecting to the end of a metal bit on the side of the horse's mouth.

Draw four vertical rectangles below the horse's body: two in the front, two in the rear. Depict one foreleg and one rear leg of the same side extended. Draw a small circle at the halfway point of the other two forelegs. Draw a small rectangle extending backwards from the knee. Draw another small circle in the middle of this rectangle for the horse's fetlock joint. Draw another smaller rectangle extending upwards from this point. Draw a small square on the ends of all four legs for the hooves.

Draw a rectangle extending up from the horse's back, tilted slightly forward. Add a smaller circle above this rectangle. Draw neck lines connecting the head and torso. Draw a smaller, thinner rectangle extending forward from the bottom of the torso. Draw a smaller circle for the rider's knee joint. Draw another small rectangle angling backward for the rider's calf. Draw two thin rectangles extending out from the rider's upper torso. Add two small circles on the ends of these for elbows. Draw two additional rectangles for the forearms. Add two more small circles at the ends of these for the hands.

Draw fingers on the riders hands. Draw reins by connecting the bridle to the rider's hands. Draw the rider's nose, mouth, ear and eye for a profile view. Draw jeans and a shirt on your rider. Draw hair on the head and a cowboy hat. Draw a saddle under your rider. Draw boots and stirrups on the foot.

Blend in and smooth out the lines of your drawing, erasing any unwanted ones. Add further shading and detail to create a natural look.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Eraser
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Chris Auman is a graduate of the writing program at Columbia College, Chicago and studied basic manuscript editing at the University of Chicago's Graham School. He has contributed articles to City Search, Centerstage, "Illinois Entertainer" and the "Chicago Tribune." Auman has written product reviews, music and book reviews, and has also provided web content for various real estate companies.