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How to Draw Anime Girl Faces

Artist: Desi_bell / January 8, 2013
How to Draw Anime Girl Faces

Step 1.

Here we have front, side, and 3/4 view of the same anime girl. Notice the vertical lines that help us keep all of the facial features at the same height. An anime head is essentially a large circle with a small oval attached to help understand the cu   

Step 2.

Let's continue with some facial ratios. Generally speaking, the width of an eye is the same as the width in between those eyes. If you then take the height of the eye and place it below the eye, that will be where the face will start to curve inwards   

Step 3.

Draw a large circle and add an oval to the bottom half, then add the guidelines, making sure to curve them in the way that the head will be curved. For this girl, we'll be angling her head slightly downward and to the right.

Step 4.

Sketch in lines for the chin and cheek. Notice how the line dips in where the circle and oval also dip in.

Step 5.

Sketch in the neck, making sure to not draw it too thick or thin.

Step 6.

The ear generally starts where the top of the eye starts and ends at the bottom of the nose, but when the face is tilted upwards of downwards, the ear changes position. Our anime girl is facing down, so her ear will be higher.

Step 7.

Sketch in the nose and the mouth. There two facial features are fairly easy to do, but there are so many different styles to choose from. Here are some examples of different noses. Notice how some include the bridge of the nose while others don't. Th   

Step 8.

Sketch in the anime girl's eyes. She has a regular shaped eye, but depending on your character's personality, you may want to give them one of the other eyes shown. For example, perky characters may have eyes slanted upwards, while cute characters ha   

Step 9.

Now that you understand anime facial features, here are some examples of how you can do anime facial features just by changing the mouth and eyebrows.

Step 10.

Sketch in the back of the hair. The hair should curve with the head and should be raised off of the head slightly to give the impression of fullness.

Step 11.

Now for the bangs. Notice how they curve slightly as they fall on the forehead. Adding the correct curves to your hair will create realism in your drawings.

Step 12.

With your guidelines erased, you now have the completed line art for an anime girl. Color you line art or with your new knowledge on anime faces, why not draw some of your original characters.

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Artist: Desi_bell
Date Added: January 8, 2013
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Tags: how to draw faces, draw heads, draw anime girls
Description: Anime facial anatomy differs greatly from other styles, but there are a few tips you can learn to create believable balanced anime faces. This tutorial will teach you about anime heads at different angles along with some tips on eye, nose, mouth placement, and a few variations on eyes and noses.