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Step 20: Use the remaining lines and shapes as guides to draw the rest of the gypsy vanner horse's body. Simply darken the outer edges of the initial guides to create the shape of the body. As you darken the lines, don't overlap the legs that are on this side or the mane.



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Step 21: Use the curved line on the left side as a guide to draw the gypsy vanner's tail. Just like with the horse's legs, draw the shape of the tail around the guide line. Use long, sloping strokes to indicate the tail flowing in the wind as the horse moves forward.


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Step 22: For a cleaner look, erase as much as you can of the initial guide lines. Don't worry about erasing all of the guides. It's okay to leave some behind. Re-draw any final sketch lines you may have accidentally erased.



How to Draw a Horse Gypsy Vanner Irish Cob

Final Step: Add some shading to your drawing for extra detail. Gypsy vanner or Irish Cob horses usually have markings on their coats, so add dark patches all over the body. First draw the shapes of the patches, like around the eye and muzzle, and then shade the inside. Use a dark value to shade the horse's markings so that they really stand out. The markings in your drawing don't have to look exactly like mine. Just add them randomly on the body. Make the markings any shape that you want and make them as big or as small as you want. For a more detailed guide on how to shade, check out this tutorial: How to shade.

Use two values when you shade the gypsy vanner's mane and tail as well. As you shade the mane and tail, use long strokes to emphasize the texture. For a simpler drawing, you can shade the mane and tail a single, solid color or leave them white.

Add some shading to your gypsy vanner horse drawing to give it more dimension and volume. Pick the direction of the light source when shading so that the shadows are consistent with it. Vary the pressure on your pencil to get different degrees of tonal value. Shading can be time- consuming, so be patient and take breaks.

Add a cast shadow underneath. This helps to ground the horse so it doesn't appear to be floating. It's always a good idea to use reference for a more accurate drawing. Don't forget to pause the video to draw at your own pace.

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