How to Draw a Shetland Pony


Please PAUSE the "How to Draw a Pony" video after each step to draw at your own pace.


Time-Lapse (Speed Drawing) video:


Written step-by-step video tutorial:


For the first few steps, don't press down too hard with your pencil. Use light, smooth strokes to begin.


Draw Shetland Pony 1

Step 1: Draw two circles as guides for the pony's body. First draw four small marks for the height and width of the circle, then connect the marks using curved lines. Sketch lightly at first so that it's easy to erase if you make a mistake. But the circles don't have to be perfect. They're just guides. If you do want a perfect circle, trace the outer rim of a lid, a cup or any other object with a circular edge. The circle on the left should be a bit smaller than the one on the right. Don't draw the circles too far apart, otherwise your pony will be too long. Leave enough room on the sides and bottom for the head and legs.


Draw Shetland Pony 2

Step 2: Draw another circle on the top, right side as a guide for the pony's head. This circle should be about one-fourth the size of the first one. Ponies are short and compact, so don't draw this circle too far away, otherwise the neck will be too long.


Draw Shetland Pony 3

Step 3: Draw two curved intersecting lines (one vertical and one horizontal) inside the head. These are construction lines that will help you place the pony's facial features later on.


Draw Shetland Pony 4

Step 4: Draw a small arc on the lower, right side of the head as a guide for the pony's muzzle. The arc should have a shape similar to the letter V with a rounded bottom.


Draw Shetland Pony 5

Step 5: Draw a small triangle- shaped line on top of the head as a guide for the pony's ears.

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