How to Sketch Anime Faces

Artist: catlucker / January 24, 2013

Step 1.

We are taking a shortcut in the guidelines. Draw the hexagon housing Misaki's face. Now draw the circle bisecting line and jaw guidelines. See how far the larger Usui's guidelines are from Misaki. Now draw in his circle bisecting lines, including eye   

Step 2.

Lightly sketch in the blush lines on both faces. Draw in Usui'a eyes. You don't have to leave spaces in the upper eyelid (you can erase them later).

Step 3.

Draw in both faces mouths and jawline. Make sure to include Usui's laughter tears, ears and spiked hair.

Step 4.

Lightly sketch in her hair. Give a curve to the spiked hair. Observe how the hair frames her face.

Step 5.

I wanted to add her headdress ruffles as a separate step so you can focus drawing it without distraction.

Step 6.

Sketch in his spiked bangs and hair. Take your time to sketch the shapes.

Step 7.

Anime is a whole new thing for me. I figured out this hexagon with the pointer is like a cartoon dailog bubble identifying the speaker. So Misaki is talking to Usui while he's lost it! It'll be easier to use a ruler for the straight lines.

Step 8.

Last but not least, sketch in his shoulders and chain.

Step 9.

Your drawing may look like this or you might have your own version. At this point, you can color in your picture with a medium of your choice

Step 10.

Here is the basic color combination of Usui laughing out loud. shirt. Following this step are tips on sketching/drawing anime faces.

Step 11.

Here are Usui's different mood expressions. This shocked me because I didn't know moods were expressed with different shapes and forms. The first picture is the same Usui boyishly uninterested. The second top is him feeling happy and boyish. Yep, he'   

Step 12.

Guess what? Since this is learning how to do anime faces, here's a chance to draw Usui's expressions. These steps will be very short. Draw one or all to your liking.

Step 13.

Here's the guideline shortcut that includes Usui's expressions.

Step 14.

Here's the line drawings for you to compare with. Enjoy!

Step 15.

Now Misaki's expressions are featured. First picture is her natural state--pretty girl. Yep, the second top is what Usui comes against and anyone else she is about to devour! The third picture is her in shock. I'm amazed how the blank blindfold look    

Step 16.

You have a chance to draw Misaki's expressions too. You can draw one or all, whichever you'd like.

Step 17.

Here's the shortcut step. You might need to click on the picture to see it better.

Step 18.

Here's Misaki's line drawings for you to compare with. Enjoy!

Step 19.

These are some basic Anime Types (so many) what type of audience it is made for. CHIBI-Japanese for small child. Head is larger than body, and body is equal to head or smaller. Express crazy emotions, like wavy arms, heart beating out of chest   

Step 20.

Last but not least, I want to show you how great a pencil is. And you can get these same effects with a regular No. 2 pencil. The first picture shows how to hold your pencil for Overhand (great for writing & details) and Underhand (great for shading    

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Artist: catlucker
Date Added: January 24, 2013
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Description: Anime (or Kaichou wa Maid-Sama) is my new Walt Disney! Love that Usui and how manly he is...not just a pretty boy. This tutorial will reflect on different types of anime, mainly Shoujo/Shonen anime. The preview pic is right after Usui breaks through a large window to rescue Misaki. He finds she has already beaten up her assailants. And, well, he just breaks out laughing out loud to tears. One more thing, MokonaFlower has so kindly given me some names of anime styles like Shoujo, Shonen, Moe, etc. I find this very interesting since I'm so new to this genre. Thank you, MokonaFlower! Let me know what you all think of this tut by commenting, faving or clicking on "Love It"! And thank you so much for supporting my previous anime tuts! Peace n love to ya!