Learn how to draw a Unicorn with this easy step by step tutorial. It’s perfect for those that want to draw the entire body, including a candy colored mane and horn.
Technically, a unicorn is a mythical, usually white animal generally with the body and head of a horse and a long flowing mane and tail. A single often spiraled horn is in the middle of the forehead.
Realistically though, unicorns something showing up all over children’s lives these days, thanks to a fascination with these creatures. Many can’t seem to get enough, and so they are found on clothes, in books, in TV shows and probably many birthday parties too.
Now, if children want to draw more than just a Unicorn Head, this new tutorial will help them do just that. The horse-like body is simplified to keep things easy for young artists. And the mane and tail are drawn with curly segments so children can have fun filling them with lots of colors.
Older students or those with an eye for detail will have fun adding some shadows to their white unicorn body too. Turns out that light gray Crayola® crayon that seems to have almost no pigment at all, is perfect for adding shadows to white shapes. It adds a subtle gray that never gets too dark, no matter how hard you press down with it. See? Who says you need paint to learn about shading?
How to Get Started
The best way to get students off to a good start on any drawing project is to show them how to use guides as a reference point.
You may have noticed that all of the tutorials on this site have a dashed line running through the center of each step, both in the horizontal and vertical direction. If students make their own centered lines on their own paper, before drawing, they will have an easy reference to follow.
For instance, as seen in Step 1 below, this unicorn neck starts to the left of the vertical line, just above middle of the horizontal line paper. The body then continues down and to the right.
Drawing skills are all about getting the size and placement of lines on paper, so having some visual reference points to get started, will always help anyone learn how to be a little more accurate.
So does that mean students need to draw a big fat lines down the center of their paper before they start? Goodness no, please don’t! That will most likely be hard to erase and distract from any finished art. No, simply fold the paper in half both ways, make a crease, and unfold. The beauty is that by the time the drawing is done and colored in, the creases will disappear.
And now, on to our drawing project.
Preview of the Step by Step Unicorn Tutorial
Unicorn Coloring Page
Unicorn Head Coloring Page
- Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. Buying the pre-sharpened ones will save busy teachers a lot of time.
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
- Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
- Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.
Time needed: 35 minutes.
How to Draw a Unicorn
- Start with a simple curved belly shape.
- Add a simple head shape on top.
- Draw an ear and mane on either side
- Erase the inside, and add another mane section.
- Draw the inside mane lines, horn and face.
- Add a front and back leg.
- Erase gray lines, add back legs, and tail
- Add lines to the tail and a background sky.
- Trace with marker and color.