Think about the space your unicorn will inhabit.
“It’s important to step back and look at the big picture. Where is your subject going to live? That will help dictate some of the different features it will have,” says Elliott. For example, if your unicorn lives in a city, it could wear a tie and carry a briefcase. Perhaps you envisioned it in a classic medieval scene or a Lisa Frank–inspired setting? Or it could be hanging out with a panda, mermaid, and snowman. From traditional to cute chibi-style and kawaii unicorns, the opportunities for creativity are endless. Just make sure you have a plan before you start to sketch.
Follow along and draw a unicorn step by step.
Once you have the style and setting in mind, put pencil to paper or use digital drawing tools to bring your unicorn to life one simple step at a time.
Step 1: Sketch your basic shapes.
“It’s important to have a basic grasp of the shapes you’re working with as a beginner,” advises Elliott. Sketch simple circles first so you can think about where the different lines in the drawing will live.
Draw three large circles to serve as the foundation for the unicorn head and body, then move on to smaller circles to lay out the snout and legs.