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Basic horse hoof tutorial by pookyhorse Basic horse hoof tutorial by pookyhorse
Just a basic tutorial I made on horse hooves with the knowledge that I have. You should use more then just this. If you are wanting to look for something more advanced/technical, go to google/get some books! I personally believe an artist should always reference photos, videos, or real horses if you are wanting to draw them. Study their anatomy! Practice! Practice Practice! :heart:

Try not to study other people's artwork or styles. I personally do not like tuts that try to show budding artist how to draw an animal's anatomy when it is riddled with their style. Why? Because the will most likely end up copying your style and mistakes. I tried not to stylize my hooves here but just make them simple drawings. This is why I added the hoof images!

The more you do this the more you understand how the horse's anatomy works. Simply tracing(although can help a little) is not simply enough in my opinion. You need to understand anatomy in order for it to make sense to you, not just the lines. If you don't understand then you will forever be doing guess work! If you are serious on learning their anatomy I suggest doing more research.

If you struggle on hooves, free-hand as much as possible. It's OKAY if they look sucky, they will get better. Hooves are pretty hard to nail down. Don't cheat yourself. :) Make that brain learn! This is how I learned.

Here are some GREAT books that will help you!!Some are also cheap to get. I have these in my personal collection. They do help. There are many more books like this on the market!

www.amazon.com/Horse-Conformat…

www.amazon.com/Animal-Anatomy-…

www.amazon.com/Photographic-Gu…

www.amazon.com/Atlas-Animal-An…

www.amazon.com/Getting-Touch-U…
(I like this book because it shows drawings of various horses individual appearances, great if you are wanting to learn how to develop your characters looks)

References:
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wikipedia for the human hand and some information on horse hooves.

Hope this helps somewhat. :love:
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:iconlaforest-studios:
Laforest-Studios Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incredible tutorial for hooves, thanks :squee:
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kaciekk Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I like a more realistic side to my pony anatomy, so I guess my ponies ARE more like horses, or at least in the legs
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bopsie Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just about cracked up at the forever flicking everyone off part xD
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pookyhorse Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
XD
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:iconbopsie:
bopsie Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
And whats even funnier is I knew that, I just never thought about it like that, xD
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:iconpookyhorse:
pookyhorse Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It took me awhile XD
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:iconbopsie:
bopsie Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
xD, at least I'm not alone
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NessaPayBacks Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for the tutorial! I used it here fav.me/d789pcd
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:iconpookyhorse:
pookyhorse Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
glad it helped! :)
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koevch Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really nice!
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:iconpookyhorse:
pookyhorse Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks!
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KittycatNita Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this! :faint: I always struggle with those hooves xD 
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Taxton Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this! It explains hooves really well anf things to watch out for when drawing them (is bad at drawing horses which is why none are submitted haha)! :D
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Glam-Nation-Stables Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome tutorial
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pookyhorse Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks!
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Glam-Nation-Stables Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome
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CriminalSpirit Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for making this, lovely tutorial! C:
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summersweets Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
Thanks for posting this!! I've been having major problems with the hooves!!!! :D
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:iconpookyhorse:
pookyhorse Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome! :)
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CunningFox Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks this is an awfully helpful tutorial :)!
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:iconpookyhorse:
pookyhorse Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome! :)
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RarityBlue Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
!

thanks so much for this
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pookyhorse Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome!
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CrystalAlchemist13 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, this was very helpful =)
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:iconpookyhorse:
pookyhorse Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome!
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Aspi-Galou Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Two simple words : THANK YOU ! :heart:
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pookyhorse Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yay welcome! XD
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SpitfiresOnIce Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I needed something like this cx Thank you!
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:iconpookyhorse:
pookyhorse Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome! XD
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MyMewArt Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
this is helpful, thank you ^^
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:iconpookyhorse:
pookyhorse Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks and welcome!
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SolinaBright Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow! this is absolutely lovely! very informative and its simple to understand! This is wonderful! A brilliant tutorial! :w00t:
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pookyhorse Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks! :)
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1TomBoy Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
I always make my hooves look really weird, this will be helpful a lot!!
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pookyhorse Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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anniehorselover Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
THANK YOU FOR THIS. :iconsuperglompplz:
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pookyhorse Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome! XD
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ClaireBear26 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Haha yep!
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:iconclairebear26:
ClaireBear26 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I should start studying my horse book that I have! XD
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:iconpookyhorse:
pookyhorse Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It will help! XD
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EscapeDeath Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Oh my gosh, thank you!! I have been struggling with this forever.
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:iconpookyhorse:
pookyhorse Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome!! :)
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:iconhalohorse:
HaloHorse Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
O PLZ DO A DETAILS TUTORIAL
(on horse details)
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:iconpookyhorse:
pookyhorse Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
details as in? lol
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:iconhalohorse:
HaloHorse Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Like for example : horses whiskers or somthing like that
PLZ?????Ridin' Mah Horse Ridin' Mah Horse Ridin' Mah Horse Ridin' Mah Horse
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pookyhorse Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll add details according to the body parts XD
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:iconhalohorse:
HaloHorse Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
;D ok couse the way u draw horses is epic!
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TazAndMe Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome~! haha i almost always give my horses a coon foot. I just like the look and shape of it. XD
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pookyhorse Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
haha! glad it helps!
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Vlorrie Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Student General Artist
:iconclapplz: Excellent tutorial, Pooks! I suck at hooves but I discovered that always hiding them in clumps of grass don't help me understand them. :nod: Nice tips, thanks! 
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