Do you ever wonder how professional artists draw those adorable unicorn heads? Well, wonder no more! In just six simple steps, you can learn to draw your very own unicorn head. Get your pencils ready and let’s get started!
Step 1: Drawing the Face from the Side
Begin by drawing the top of the nose, where the hairline will be. Imagine a fat bowling ball lying on its side. This shape will form your unicorn’s nose and jaw. For added interest, vary the thickness of your lines as you draw. Remember, simplicity can also bring beauty to your creation.
Step 2: Drawing the Unicorn Bangs
Now, let’s tackle the unicorn’s magnificent bangs. Take a close look at the hair. See how it appears to be flowing and moving? As you draw the bangs, envision a wave crashing on the beach. Use sweeping movements combined with sharp points to capture that sense of dynamic motion.
Step 3: Drawing the Horn from the Side
Drawing the unicorn’s horn is easier than you think. Begin by drawing a long and pointy cone shape. To suggest a spiral, fill the cone with diagonal lines. However, for a more pleasing look, draw the horn in individual segments. Make each segment slightly bulging in the middle and pointy at the ends. These leaf-shaped segments will give your unicorn a truly magical feel.
Step 4: Drawing the Neck and Throat
The back of the neck starts at the bangs’ level and sweeps downward in a graceful arc, extending well past the jaw. On the other hand, the front of the neck consists of a short angled line. By drawing these lines, you bring your unicorn’s features to life.
Step 5: Drawing the Unicorn Mane
Now, it’s time to tackle the majestic unicorn mane. The shape of the mane follows that of the neck, but it’s larger and more voluminous. Start at the base of the horn and draw a crest-like wave, similar to what you did with the bangs. Then, let the line sweep down, ending in a point. Begin another line at the throat level and draw a sweeping, hook-like shape. This will add a curly lock of hair. Connect this lock with the previous line and let it sweep downward to a point. Finally, sweep the line back upward, ending where the unicorn’s shoulder would be. Done correctly, these lines will give the mane a sense of cascading beauty as it falls down the unicorn’s neck, breaking over its shoulder.
Step 6: Adding Detail to the Unicorn’s Face
Now it’s time to add those final touches that bring your unicorn to life. Draw a delicate arc for the unicorn’s closed eye, then add short lines to represent the eyelashes. Don’t forget to draw an expressive eyebrow as well. For the nostrils, draw narrow, closely-spaced lines that imitate the way they appear from an angle. Finally, add some accents in the hair, following the outer curves. These details will truly make your unicorn head come alive on the page.
Coloring and Highlights (If You Want)
If you’re feeling extra creative, you can add color and highlights to your drawing. Fill in the face, hair, and horn with any colors you desire. Now, imagine where the light in your scene is coming from. If the light is coming from the left, for example, draw additional light-colored lines in areas where the light would hit most strongly, creating reflections. Alternatively, you can leave these areas uncolored to achieve a similar effect.
So, there you have it! In just six simple steps, you’ve learned how to draw a unicorn head. Let your imagination run wild as you bring your unicorn’s story to life on the page. Who knows? Maybe one day you’ll become a professional artist drawing magical creatures!
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Please note that this article is not a substitute for professional instruction. For additional guidance, you can check out our recommended video tutorial here or download our printable tutorial here. Happy drawing!