Sea horses are those rare creatures that tend to fascinate both modern and fantastical thinking people and, of course, anyone in between! In Stephanie Pui-Mun Law‘s latest book, Dreamscapes Magical Menagerie, she incorporates both a step-by-step drawing and painting sequence to perk up the drawing hand of even the earliest kind of beginner. Although her books Dreamscapes and Dreamscapes Myth & Magic largely focus on fantastical elements, Dreamscapes Magical Menagerie is bound to impress with its tie-in of everyday wild creatures just like the sea horse. So learn how to draw this enchanting underwater swimmer with a quick and easy tutorial from Stephanie’s latest book!
There are so many interesting aspects to the sea horse, ranging from their male pregnancies to their spiny and ridge-like exteriors. But for the sake of drawing, let’s focus on just one – their crazy winding tails! A sea horse’s long tail is flexible. It winds around underwater plant life and coral as the sea horse moves about, anchoring him against the swaying currents. The tail twines around objects, the same way a snake winds around a branch. So let’s get started learning how to draw this magnificent sea horse.
DEMONSTRATION: DRAW A SEA HORSE
Step One: Sketch the Basic Form
Sketch a serpentine shape for the body and a trapezoid-shaped head (like a horse with an elongated snout). Make a bulge at the midsection and a hooked tail.
Step Two: Draw Vertical Guidelines
The body is ridged and segmented, so start off by delineating these segments vertically.
Step Three: Draw Horizontal Guidelines
Using light strokes, delineate the horizontal segments as well. You will use these mostly as guides mostly as guides.
Step Four: Add Texture and Fins
Add the spikes and prickles based on the segments you outlined in the previous two steps. Add the fin along the back and the small fin along the head.
Step Five: Add Final Details
Finish up with shading and painting. Add any markings and patterns you like.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR | Stephanie Pui-Mun Law
Stephanie Pui-Mun Law has been painting fantastic otherworlds since early childhood, though her art career did not begin until 1998 when she graduated from a Computer Science program. After three years of programming for a software company by day and rushing home to paint into the midnight hours, she left the world of typed logic and numbers for the painted worlds of dreams and the fae.
Her illustrations have been used for various game and publishing clients, including Wizards of the Coast, HarperCollins, LUNA Books, Tachyon Books, White Wolf, Green Ronin and Alderac Entertainment. She has authored and illustrated Dreamscapes and Dreamscapes Myth & Magic (published by IMPACT Books in 2008 and 2010), books on watercolor and technique for fantasy. Stephanie is also the creator of the Shadowscapes Tarot deck (Llewellyn Publishing).
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