how to draw an anime face for beginners

How to Draw an Anime Face For Beginners

Step 1.

Basic Skull Anatomy| Now, when you're drawing the face shape of an anime character, it's important to understand the undermining functions that make the facials work and how they're placed. Here is an anime skull that is clearly much different than a normal human realistic skull. Look at how the eye sockets, take up 3/4 of the face and the mandibles, nasal bone, and teeth use up only a 1/4 portion of the face. It's critically important that you understand the very basic anatomy that creates the whole body in a working - functional manor.

Step 2.

Face Proportions| Generally, in most anime that people are commonly interested in, is the style that have the exaggerated sized eyes, and lightly defined nose, mouth, and brows. If you're going to draw in that style, understand that the eyes take up 3/4 of the facial space, leaving 1/4 for the nose and mouth. Sometimes, the proportions become even smaller to 1/8 in 'overly exaggerated' styles. Whatever the case, try mixing and matching with various styles until you develop your own that you're comfortable with!

Step 3.

Try to get yourself familiarized with the various poses that you can stylize your character in. When you're illustrating a manga comic, you're going to have to get used to drawing numerous face positions. What if you don't know how to draw your character from the back or from the side? It's crucially important to 'speed sketch' your characters in a turn around of poses on a separate sheet, so you have a reference to turn to. This may be hard work, but by using lots of circles and guidelines, your flow will become much easier to progress with. To left: look how the heads are similar in shapes and proportions, and how the eyes are symmetrically similar if you drew a line across the three heads. Know that the ears are always the same height/length as the eyes.

Step 4.

This is a draw sheet style of an anime face from start to finish. The left side is a girl and the right side is a boy. Make two head shapes for the guides of the anime face and head. You will then define the shape and then add the ears. Once that is complete, draw the eyes, nose and mouths. For the girl be sure that the eye lid lines are thick and has lashes. Draw in the eyebrows next, then add detailing inside the eyes and color in the pupils/eyeballs.

Step 5.

Now for the single face. Draw the head guide and then sketch in the facial guidelines.

Step 6.

Here we will shape the face a bit by sketching out the ruff or fluffy style bangs.

Step 7.

Define the face shape and also add a small point for the chin.

Step 8.

Complete the head shape and then draw the ends of the hairstyle. This anime head has short hair.

Step 9.

Add thin lined eyebrows, then draw thick eye lid lines. Add some small lashes that lines the entire eyelid.

Step 10.

Draw in the actual shapes of each eye and then draw the mouth and tongue. Add the blush marks on the cheeks and then you can erase the guidelines and mistakes.

Step 11.

The line art is finished now you can color in your anime face to perfection. I hope you'll had fun people.

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Uploaded: March 27, 2015
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 11
Updated: March 28, 2015
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Artist comments

Yup, I'm back again with another lesson for all you beginning artists out there who would like to learn how to draw an anime face or anime faces for beginners. This is a very, very basic tutorial that will teach you how to do one thing and that's draw anime faces. There is tips and easy to follow steps that will enable you to be successful as you tackle the task of drawing an anime face. If you like this tut and are able to complete it with ease, let me know. Also let me know if this lesson helped you so I know that I am doing a good job.