how to draw a face for beginners

How to Draw a Face for Beginners

Step 1.

As I draw each face, notice how elongated and smaller the eyes become. The baby face is probably the only face here that excessively uses circles for the build. The child face becomes less circular, but still soft cheeked with less defined ears. As we move onto the teen/adult face, it becomes longer, smaller eyes, and stronger defined features. You can tell the faces have grown by using the light blue line that runs through each one of them, starting with the baby. See how they start to mold as they progress into an older appearance?

Step 2.

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 3.

The most important part about drawing lips, is the amount of detail and definition that their drawn with. The less defined is the most easiest to draw. The longer the lips are drawn, the more masculine they will appear. The moderately defined lips is a style that is often seen in Bleach or Cowboy Beepbop. The last is used usually in mangas and animes for extremely feminine or seductive villains.

Step 4.

Draw the head shape for the face guide then sketch in the facial guidelines.

Step 5.

Define the shape of her face and then draw in the straight lined bangs. Add separation lines for the bangs and you can proceed to step six.

Step 6.

You will use the facial guidelines to draw the thick, bold upper eye lids, then draw the eyebrows.

Step 7.

We will complete the eyes by drawing the eyeballs, then draw in the nose, mouth and cheek blush marks.

Step 8.

We are almost done drawing a face. All we need to do is add a head which is in the form of her hairstyle. The head shape is rounded and she is also wearing pigtails. Add a small piece of hair sticking up on the back of her head as well.

Step 9.

Finish off your face by drawing the neck, shoulder and rest of the short hair. Add trim line to the collar as well. Erase the guidelines and mistakes too.

Step 10.

Here is the line art when you are all done. Now you can color in your drawing and show folks what you have done.

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Uploaded: April 11, 2015
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 10
Updated: April 12, 2015
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Artist comments

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