Step 8: Use the second line from the left that's under the body as a guide to draw the baby horse's legs. First lightly sketch the shape of the leg around the guide line. Curve the shape to indicate the joints and muscle structure. Draw the edges of the leg close to the guide line so that the overall shape is thin. Bend the bottom of the shape to create a joint above the hoof. At the bottom, draw a small, square-like shape for the hoof. Draw a few lines inside to give the shape structure. When you get the shape of the leg right, darken the lines.
Step 9: Use the line to the left as a guide to draw the foal's other front leg the same way. First, lightly sketch the shape of the leg around the guide line. Make the top part of the leg slightly wider than the rest of the leg. Bend the middle of the leg as the foal is stepping forward. Curve the areas where the shape bends to indicate the joints. At the bottom, draw a small square-like shape for the hoof. When you get the shape of the leg right, darken the lines.
Step 10: Use the right-most angled line under the body as a guide to draw the baby horse's hind leg. Just like with the front legs, first lightly sketch the shape of the hind leg around the guide line. Make the top part wide and then gradually make the bottom thinner. Bend the shape near the middle to indicate the joint. Draw a small, square-like shape at the bottom to indicate the joint. Add a few lines within the shape to give it more muscle structure. When you get the shape of the leg right, darken the lines.
Step 11: Use the line to the left as a guide to draw the foal's other hind leg the same way. Lightly sketch the shape of the leg around the guide line and only darken the lines when you get the shape right. Make the top part wide and the bottom narrow. Draw the square-like hoof at the bottom and add a few lines near the middle of the shape for structure.
Step 12: Darken the outer edges of the guides to finalize the shape of the baby horse's body. Don't overlap the legs that are on the side as you draw the underside of the body. Draw a series of short strokes along the top of the neck for the short mane. Draw the short tail around the guide line on the right. Draw the overall shape using short strokes instead of drawing every individual hair strand.
Step 13: or 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.
Final Step: Shade your drawing for extra detail. Horses can have a variety of coat patterns, from spots and patches to solid colors, so you can shade your drawing however you'd like. For this pattern, use a medium value to shade the entire body but leave an area on the head and legs blank for the white sections. Use a dark value for the mane and tail. Shade lightly at first and gradually build up to darker values. For light values, push down very lightly on your pencil and push down harder for darker values. Add a slightly darker value throughout the body to create shadows. Pick a light source as you shade so that the shadows are consistent across the body. Here the light source is coming from the top so most of the shadows will be on the underside of the shapes. Add a cast shadow at the bottom using a medium value. It's a good idea to use reference as you shade for a more accurate depiction of a baby horse or foal. Shading can be time-consuming, so be patient and take breaks. For a more detailed guide on how to shade, check out this tutorial: How to shade.
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