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Uploaded: December 3, 2011
Artist: Finalprodigy
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 18
Updated: December 3, 2011
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Hey everyone, here's a tutorial on how to go about drawing character faces realistically. This is how I go about building character portraits from scratch. Get your pencils and paper ready!

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how to draw realistic anime, draw real anime

How to Draw Realistic Anime, Draw Real Anime

how to draw realistic anime, draw real anime step 1

STEP 1.

Always start out by brainstorming. Roughly sketch out your ideas. Try to vary your face types.
 
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STEP 2.

I decided to do my final pre-sketch using brush and ink just because it is more convenient for me. I used this step to finalize the appearance of my characters and roughly plan out my shading. It helps to have an idea of where your drawing might go before getting started.
 
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STEP 3.

Pick your pencils before you start drawing. I used H for sketching, 2H for light lines/shading, F for dark lines/shading, and 3B for the darkest shading.
 
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STEP 4.

I started out with my female character. Start out by drawing a basic sketch of the head. Get a basic idea of facial features and leave out the hair for now.
 
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STEP 5.

Once you have your head sketched sketch in the hair.
 
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STEP 6.

Use 2H and H pencils to roughly add shading to the face. Then Use a blending stump to blend in your shading.
 
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STEP 7.

Now roughly shade in the hair and background. Use a blending stump to blend in your shading again.
 
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STEP 8.

Start adding detail to the drawing starting with the face. Use The 2H pencil on the skin. Use an F pencil for the darker lines. Shade in the bangs using mainly an F pencil.
 
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STEP 9.

Shade in the rest of the hair above the ears.
 
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STEP 10.

Start shading in the rest of the hair.You can also start developing your background a bit more.
 
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STEP 11.

Finish up the drawing by going over the details again. This is where I used a 3B pencil to darken my shading in places where my F pencil just wasn't cutting it. That's an example of a female character, now let's move on to a male one.
 
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STEP 12.

Start out with a basic sketch. Use guidelines if you need them.
 
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STEP 13.

Once you have the head sketched sketch in the hair.
 
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STEP 14.

Use a 2H pencil to roughly shade in the face. You a blending stump to smooth out your shading.
 
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STEP 15.

Roughly shade in the background then blend your shading in using a blending stump.
 
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STEP 16.

Start defining your shading by starting with the face. Use F and 3B for dark shading and H and 2H pencils for lighter shading. Start defining the hair as well.
 
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STEP 17.

Go ahead and shade in the rest of the hair and give this guy some shoulders.
 
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STEP 18.

Finish up the drawing by adding a few more layers of shading and working on the details some more. I chose to keep my background pretty simple but you can do whatever you feel works best with yours. Hopefully you now have a better idea as to how to go about making your original characters more realistic. Just remember to have fun with it and practice! As always comment's and questions are more than welcome. I'm looking to do more tutorials like this in the future so let me know what I need to add or change!