Unicorns are mythical and magical horses with spiral horns in the centre of their head. Although there is no fossil evidence of such a creature, it has been depicted in the works of art of civilizations in Europe and Asia since ancient times.
In fact, in ancient Greece, the unicorn was not included in their mythology, but in their natural history encyclopaedias.
The idea of the unicorn is thought to have originated when the spiral-shaped tusks of a whale called a narwhal were discovered on the shore. In medieval Europe, narwhal tusks were often sold as unicorn horns, believed to have the power to clean poisoned water and cure diseases 🖋️
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Our magic unicorn drawing tutorial
Modern popular culture has wholeheartedly embraced the unicorn, especially in children’s cartoons. Popular interpretations of this legendary animal include The Last Unicorn (1982), The Chronicles of Narnia (2005), and the various stories in the My Little Pony Series.
Would you like to draw your own cartoon unicorn with wings? All you need is a piece of paper, a pencil and this easy and Detailed Drawing Tutorial. Optionally, you can have an eraser handy to correct mistakes and remove guide lines.
At each step in this drawing guide, you will add new lines to your drawing, underline them in blue in the illustrations, or erase previously created lines.
If you have paint, markers, pencils or crayons, you can shade your finished image.
You don’t need any special art supplies to draw your magic unicorn, but you can check out our Unicorn Online Shop for inspiration from the magical world of unicorns.
Step-by-step instructions for drawing a cartoon unicorn
Start by drawing a small circle. This will form the head of the unicorn.
Then draw a curved line through the circle. Draw a short curved line at its end. This forms the muzzle of the unicorn.
Draw another curved line through the circle, meeting the line from the previous step. This marks the lower jaw of the unicorn.
Under the head, draw a large oval. This will become the body of the unicorn.
Connect the head to the body by drawing a curved line. Extend a short curved line from the other end of the body.
Draw the ear by extending three curved lines upwards from the head, allowing them to meet at a rounded point. In the ear, draw a zigzag line to indicate the fur.
Erase the guide lines left by the circle and the oval.
Then draw the legs. Each leg will consist of two long curved lines, connected at the end by a shorter curved line. Notice how the curved lines draw the shape of the hoof by curving slightly inward over the base of the leg.
Erase the foot guide lines.
Draw a curved line at the bottom of each leg to indicate the hoof. Draw a small triangle inside each hoof to indicate the cleft in the hoof.
Draw the mane with several long curved lines, allowing the lines to meet at sharp points.
To draw the horn, start by drawing a straight line from the head. Then use a series of curved lines connected to each other to form the spiral pattern of the horn.
Draw long curved lines along the mane.
To form the wings, extend two long curved lines from the back of the neck.
Use a series of “U”-shaped lines connected to each other to form the feather pattern on the underside of the wings.
Draw “U”-shaped lines to add feathery detail to the wing.
Draw the tail of the pretty unicorn using two long curved lines that meet at a point.
Draw several curved lines on the inside of the tail to give details of the hairs.
Draw a small oval on the muzzle to form the nostril, and a larger circle for the eye. In the eye, draw a circle inside a circle and make a shadow between them. Draw several short, curved lines above the eye to indicate the eyelashes.
Color your pretty unicorn any way you want. As unicorns are magical imaginary animals, they can be any colour of the rainbow.
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