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Unicorn Drawing Guide In 6 Beginner-Friendly Steps [Video + Images]

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Time to learn how to draw a unicorn!​

Did you know that unicorns are Scotland’s national animal?

The choice isn’t surprising considering the free spirit of the Scotts that perfectly matches the untamable nature of the mythical creatures.

Unicorns have been around since Mesopotamian artworks, and their popularity doesn’t waver.

Their cute, unique appearance and fun spirit are loved by people of all ages, but drawing unicorns can be hard for beginners.

We’ll show you that learning how to draw a unicorn can be both quick and easy — you’ll discover how to do it in just six steps!

To make the process easier to follow for beginners, he also illustrates each step. Keep reading to see the images below where we break down the video tutorial so you can explore it at your own pace!

Sketching Tools To Draw A Unicorn

The right tools can help you draw a unicorn like a pro. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • An H pencil to outline and create a rough unicorn sketch
  • An HB pencil to add the details and softly shade the drawing
  • A 4B pencil for shading and adding dark grey hues
  • A kneaded eraser to erase the shapes you’re not happy with
  • Sketch paper with micro-perforations because it allows you to easily draw on it and apply corrections to your drawing

These are just recommendations — you can use whatever pencil, eraser and paper you’re most comfortable with!

What matters the most is that you’re willing to draw and ready to practice, so let’s get started!

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How To Draw A Unicorn In 6 Steps

The easiest way to draw a unicorn is to sketch its body piece by piece by using geometrical shapes and then connect the elements into a cohesive whole.

1. Position The Head

Recommended toils: H pencil

First up, let’s outline the unicorn’s head.

To do that, draw a medium-sized circle in the upper half of your paper, but make sure to leave enough room for the horn and the mane:

A drawing of a circle that represents the outline of the unicorn’s head.​
Use circles to outline the unicorn’s body.​

2. Add The Chest, Back And Muzzle

Recommended toils: H pencil

Next, let’s add one more circle below the head, but make this one approximately four times larger than the first circle.

This is where the unicorn’s chest will be.

Then, draw one more large circle for the back and make it overlap with the chest outline, like so:

A drawing of three circle that represents the outline of the unicorn’s head, chest, and back.​
Make the unicorn’s chest and back several times larger than its head.​

For the unicorn’s muzzle, draw a small circle and place it next to the head on the left:

The outline of a muzzle is added to the sketch.​
Drawing geometrical shapes will help you create a proportional unicorn drawing.

3. Position The Legs

Recommended tools: H pencil

To add the unicorn’s legs, let’s draw two small circles within the chest outline and one small circle within the outline for the back.

Then, add four super small circles below the chest and the back. Place the circles at the front diagonally; then, make sure that the circles in the back are glued to each other, like this:

The unicorn’s legs are positioned.​
The base for the unicorn’s body is ready!​

3. Outline The Unicorn’s Body

Recommended tool: H pencil

Now that all the basic elements are in place, it’s time to connect them to create the outline of the unicorn’s body.

First up, let’s connect the two largest circles to form the belly.

Then, connect the circles you drew for the legs, like this:

The unicorn’s legs are outlined.​
Time to outline the unicorn’s body!​

Next, let’s outline the unicorn’s head.

Connect the top side of the muzzle and the head.

Then, add a tiny circle in the middle of the head; that’s where the unicorn’s eye will be.

Below the eye, sketch an oval shape for the unicorn’s cheek and connect it with the muzzle.

At the top of the head, add a horn and rhombus-shaped ears, like so:

The unicorn’s head is outlined.​
The unicorn’s body is slowly taking shape!​

Now’s the time to connect the unicorn’s upper and lower body.

Draw a vertical line from its cheek and connect it with the unicorn’s chest.

Then, extend that line across the chest and connect it with the back of the unicorn’s head.

Oh, and don’t forget to connect the top side of the two large circles for the chest and back to form the unicorn’s backside:

The unicorn’s neck is outlined.​
The outline is almost done!​

The last step to outlining the unicorn’s body is to finalize its legs.

Add the hooves at the front and the back, and sketch the hind right leg that peeks in the back:

The outline of the unicorn’s body is finished.​
The outline of the unicorn’s body is finished!​

5. Finalize Your Sketch And Add The Details

Recommended tool: HB pencil

Now’s the time to add the details to the sketch and connect all the parts into a cohesive unicorn drawing.

Let’s start with the horn.

We want to make it spiral; to achieve that, draw short diagonal lines across the horn and make sure that the edges aren’t too sharp, like this:

The unicorn’s horn is spiral.​
Unicorns are almost always depicted with spiral horns.​

Go over the ears, the eye, the muzzle and the cheek to make them look like one.

Then, enhance the outer lines of the neck, like so:

The unicorn’s head with the details added in.​
Continue enhancing the lines.

Continue to go over the lines to make them more pronounced, but skip the back of the head. This is where we’ll add the mane soon!

The finished sketch of the unicorn’s body.​
The basic sketch of the unicorn’s body is ready! ​

Next up, let’s add a tiny nostril in the middle of the unicorn’s muzzle.

Now, we mustn’t forget about the unicorn’s tale.

To draw it, add several wavy lines in the back. Make sure to leave some space between the lines so that the tail looks voluminous, like so:

The unicorn’s tale is added to the sketch.​
Look at this majestic creature!​

Once the tale is in its place, let’s add the majestic mane!

Draw some hairs around the unicorn’s ears and continue drawing them along its neck.

Add long, wavy, luscious locks and extend them toward the tale so that it looks like the unicorn is running:

The unicorn’s mane is added to the sketch.​
The rich mane is an indispensable part of every unicorn drawing. ​

6. Remove The Guidelines And Shade The Unicorn

Recommended tools: HB and 4B pencils, kneaded eraser

Before you start shading the unicorn, grab your eraser and get rid of the guidelines that no longer serve you:

Guidelines are erased.
When erasing the guidelines, be careful not to mess up the sketch.

To complete the unicorn’s magical look, add tiny stars around its horn and inside its eye:

Small stars are added around the unicorn’s horn and inside its eye.​
Now, that’s a truly magical look! ​

The final step to unicorn drawing is to shade your artwork!

Use the combination of HB and 4B pencils to create several shades of grey,

Make the hooves, the hind right leg and the ground beneath the unicorn darker than the rest of the sketch.

Pay attention to the mane and tail, and make the locks’ underside darker than the top:

Finished unicorn drawing.​
Your unicorn drawing is now finished!​

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Meet The Artist

This guide on unicorn drawing was created by Goncalo Lopes — a professional comic book artist and the man in charge of the look and feel of all BIOWARS characters.

He has years of experience in making comic books, games and animations; he’s also worked on numerous movies and TV shows.

Some of the most popular projects Goncalo has participated in include Transformers, GI-Joe, TMNT, Adventure Time, Godzilla and more. Pretty impressive, huh?

Goncalo’s now happy to share his vast knowledge and his tips and tricks with you to help you perfect your drawing skills and learn how to draw comic books, people, animals, landscapes and anime. So, hold on to your pencil and paper, and keep on practicing!

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A Recap On How To Draw A Unicorn

When you practice how to draw a unicorn, the most important thing is to go slow and draw parts of its body one by one.

Geometrical shapes are your friends, so use circles to position the unicorn’s body, starting from the head.

Then, move on to the chest and back, add the muzzle, legs, and neck, and start adding the details such as the unicorn’s recognizable horn.

Once all the elements are in place, connect them into a cohesive whole and use your eraser to remove the guidelines that no longer serve you.

Last but not least, shade the drawing to bring your unicorn to life and give it more dimension!

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