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How to Draw a Cartoon Seahorse

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Here, let's take a look at drawing a simple cartoon seahorse - structurally similar to a real one, yet at the same time - cartoony in nature, bringing out the fun side of this lesson.

Given the simple run of its spine - you can exaggerate details by simply deviating off the core framework with your pencil strokes.

Lots of room for imagination here!

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First Step - A Curly Curvy Seahorse Spine

With the head in place, using a simple circle... all that's needed is the run of the animals spine, as it curves vertically away from the head - and finally - curling into a a spiral at the tail.

Like so...

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Experiment here with a variety of different twists, turns, curves and curls... until you come up with something that says - YES - that is how I want MY seahorse to look!!

When you're all set to go... let's. To the drawing board!



Second Step - How to Draw a Cartoon Seahorse

OK. If you have an idea of what you want your animal to look like - the emotion given off for example... then the eye will play a large role in bringing the desired look forward. Here, I was aiming for sort of a sad/bashful/cute look - so of course... the bigger eye, along with the position of the heavy eyelid.

They eye - being the 'window to its soul' - will help you to visualize the rest of the drawing as is very soon to take shape...

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Pretty neat stuff! The hardest part - I'd say... is getting that spiral part 'just right'. Have a few goes at it and for sure... you'll get the desired look. As always, practice and repetition are the key elements (fueled by passion of course) - to improve at drawing...

...and I know you've got all three. :-)

Well, that concludes our tutorial. See you again soon (tomorrow) for another!

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