In this more advanced tutorial, we will see how to draw a realistic unicorn, with the look of a real horse. As usual, take a sheet of paper, your Unicorn Pencil Case and your pencils !
The level of difficulty is higher than in our previous articles on how to draw a unicorn and on unicorn colouring. But don't worry : here we will really learn how to draw a realistic unicorn step by step. If you follow the instructions carefully, you should be able to achieve this result in the end ! And you will learn the essential skill : "how to draw a realistic unicorn easily". It's a real treat !
1) Sketch of the Unicorn
We start our tutorial realistic unicorn drawing by drawing an oval to make the chest. It doesn't matter if it's not perfect : you can come back to it as many times as you need. The pictures we are going to show are very clean because it is a drawing made on computer. On paper with a pencil, it will be a little less clean, but that's quite normal 😊 !
Continue by adding the rump. Its size and distance from the chest will make the shape of the body. If it were a horse, one would have to be careful to draw the perfect shape, but unicorns are a different species. They are generally considered smaller and thinner. It doesn't matter if your sketch is not exactly as it looks in the picture !
Add neck and head. As usual, you can keep the proportions as shown in the picture or change them to make something more original !
You can choose the pose you want for the unicorn. Since you want to make a realistic unicorn drawing, it is best to give it a horse-like appearance. You can look at how to draw a horse if you lack inspiration.
Finish the sketch by adding the unicorn's tail.
2) Unicorn Body Drawing
We will now add the characteristic shapes of the body of a unicorn. Start by drawing the unicorn's head and muzzle.
Then connect them with two lines and add the ears on top of the head.
Then add the eyes :
Adds a few details to the head and starts drawing the hooves. Adjusts the direction of the lines according to the angle of the legs. The hooves in the picture are smaller than those of a horse : by doing so, you can make them look like those of a deer. This makes it possible to clearly differentiate the unicorn from a horse !
Add the unicorn's knees.
Adds a few more details to the knees. The bones are very visible in these areas and create the typical unicorn look.
Add the thighs of the unicorn.
Connects the different parts of the legs with lines.
Before drawing the neck, it is good to have a few lines to make a guide for the back of the shoulder blades and the width of the neck.
You can now complete the outline of the unicorn's body.
3) Unicorn Horn Drawing
We will now draw the horn of the unicorn step by step. It looks complicated to draw, but we will go step by step ! Start by drawing a line from the head. This will define its length and direction.
Then draw small diagonal lines along the entire length of the horn. The angle of the lines in relation to the horn should get smaller and smaller the closer you get to the tip.
Draw a copy of each line by shifting it a little bit at the bottom of the first ones.
Connects the first lines and the copied lines with a small arc-shaped line.
Finish the horn by drawing small concave arches (curved in the opposite direction from the previous step).
4) Realistic Unicorn Drawing
What would a unicorn be without its magnificent mane ? Add a bit of gorgeous hair wherever you want, always inspired by the horse. Unicorns are sometimes depicted with a bushy tail : do as you like !
At this stage, the drawing should be fairly rough, with lots of lines in all directions that run over each other. This is quite normal ! To make it clean, you can do one of the following things :
- If you do the drawing on a computer or tablet : create a new layer.
- Scan your drawing, lower the brightness with the software of your choice, and print it so that the sketch is barely visible.
- Draw the most important lines with a ballpoint pen or marker. Place a new sheet of paper on top. You should then see the most prominent lines.
Continue to draw on the new layer, the printed sketch or the new sheet of paper (depending on the solution you have chosen). You can fine-tune the details with your own style, or take inspiration from our realistic unicorn images for example.
The split hooves remind us that the unicorn is not a horse !
This realistic unicorn drawing tutorial is now finished ! If you're curious and want to discover a style that's the opposite of what you've just done, check out our Pixel Art Unicorn ! A bit confusing at first but you'll soon get used to it !