Anime Girl Face Drawing

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This tutorial explains how to draw an anime woman’s head and face step by step. The focus is on how to draw a middle aged female character’s facial features as well as on common anime facial proportions for that character type.

For the purposes of this tutorial the age of the character we will focus on can be anywhere from late 20’s to late 30s.

Please note that there will be a lot of guide lines used during this tutorial. If you are going to be following the steps and drawing on paper try and draw very light lines that can be easily erased.

Some parts of the head and face such as the ears will be covered by the hair in later steps. If you want to draw those for practice keep in mind that you may want to erase them later.

If you are drawing digitally than you may have a lot more options depending on the software you are using.

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Step 1 – Structure & Draw the Head

Heads can vary in shape but for the sake of this tutorial we will focus on the easier and more common way to draw the head for an older anime female.

To draw a middle aged female anime character’s head draw it “taller” (longer vertically) than you would for a younger person. Kids generally have rounder faces than adults therefor a longer face will automatically make a character look older and more mature.

For the front view draw the top of the head close to a half-circle. Draw two lines going down from that and two more lines going down form those lines meeting in the middle to form the chin.

For the side view you can again draw the top of the head as an oval and then draw the nose/jaw area on top of that.

The side view gets a little tricky as you will want to indicate the nose right away. As suggested earlier you can do a rough drawing with light lines first and estimate where the nose should be and correct your drawing later if needed. For placing the nose see step four of this tutorial.

Draw the area between the nose and the chin as a single line (add the details in a later steps).

For more on anime heads and faces see:

For drawing anime necks and shoulders see:

Step 2 – Place & Draw the Ears

For placing the ears draw a horizontal line through the middle of the head and then a line between that and the chin. Draw the ears between these lines.

For more on drawing anime ears see:

Step 3 – Place & Draw the Eyes

Bigger and wider eyes tend to make characters look younger. For an older anime characters draw the eyes vertically narrower and with slightly smaller irises/pupils in relation to the rest of the eye.

To position the eyes you can use the horizontal line though the middle of the face in the previous step and draw the eyes below that.

Please note that for real eyes you would want to draw the eye directly on that line (or even above it) but in anime the eyes tend to be draw lower down. For the front view draw the eyes roughly far enough apart that you can fit another eye in between them.

For more on drawing anime eyes you can see:

Step 4 – Place & Draw the Nose

For placing the nose you can again use the lines in the previous step. The bottom of the nose will be on the same line as the bottom of the ears. Because anime noses in the front view are often so simplified you can draw just a hint of the nose slightly above that line.

Please note that for a real nose you would want to draw it higher up but anime noses tend to be drawn farther down (same as the eyes). This tends to especially be true for anime characters with huge/tall eyes that take up a large part of the face. Otherwise you may end up with the bottom of the nose being higher than the eyes.

For more on anime noses see:

Step 5 – Place & Draw The Lips

It’s common to not draw lips at all for anime characters or to only give hint of the lips. One common exception to this are characters who are wearing lipstick like the one in this tutorial.

To draw the lips draw another line between the chin and the line used for the nose. The bottom lip will be located on this line with the top lip slightly up from that.

For more on anime lips see:

Step 6 – Draw the Hair

There are nearly countless hairstyles so it’s difficult to have one clear guideline for drawing hair.

Anime hair tends to be drawn in clumps. For most common hair styles you will have the top part of the hair somewhat trace the shape of the head. As long hair goes down it tends to curve in different directions.

For more on anime hair see:

Step 7 – Clean up the Drawing

Once you finish the previous steps clean up your drawing and remove any guide lines as well as well as the parts covered by the hair (if you chose to draw those in the first place). You should then have an outline drawing of your character.

Step 8 – Color the Drawing

To color and shade your character first fill each area such as the hair and skin with a solid color and add the darker shadows afterwards. You can either leave the highlights like the reflections in the eyes, hair and lips white if drawing on paper or draw them in later if drawing digitally.

For general shading of an anime character you will want to darken the areas that normally tend to be away from the light. In this case the neck as it will usually have a shadow cast on it by the head and hair and parts of the hair such as the back hair in the front view. the hair clumps will also cast shadows on one another so you may want to draw some shadows between those as well.

We will not go too deep into coloring in this tutorial but some other basic things you may want to do is pick colors that go well together also known as complimentary colors.

For more on coloring an anime character see:

Conclusion

There are infinite variations of female anime characters but this tutorial should help you draw a middle aged woman in the anime style using some of the more common techniques. You can always experiment with different parts of the tutorial by drawing a different set of eyes or a different hairstyle, using different colors, etc…

For drawing a female face in 3/4 view see:

For drawing a younger looking female face see:

For drawing a young male face see:

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This tutorial explains how to draw a an anime or manga girl’s head head and face from the front and side views.

Face

Before you begin drawing it’s a good idea to outline the defining features of the anime style.

Most female anime characters tend to have big eyes, a small mouth, nose and chin and a fairly round face. The lips are usually either very lightly defined or not drawn at all. The hair is usually drawn in clumps instead of individual strands and often tends to have a somewhat spiky look.

If drawing using pencil and paper be sure to make very light lines for the initial parts of the tutorial as you will need to erase some parts later.

If you would also like to try drawing a more realistic looking anime character check:

Step 1 – Drawing The Head

Star you drawing with the overall outline of the head. For an explanation of the drawing order as well as some general drawing tips see:

You can draw a vertical line down the middle of the head for the front view to help you insure that both sides are even.

Make a circle or a light oval for the front view and a longer oval for the side view to help you get the shape of the top of the head.

For the front view you can basically project two sets of lines down from the oval/circle that curve to meet at the chin.

For the side view there will be a sort of indent for the nose/eyes area. Draw the nose about halfway between the bottom of the chin (covered in more detail in Steps 3) and the middle of the head. You can draw a straight line going from the tip of the nose down to the chin (details of the mouth will be added in Step 5). Again for the side view you can draw a line going upwards from the chin and then curving again towards what will later be the position of the ears to form the lower jaw.

For both views draw the chin small and almost pointy but with a tiny curve at the bottom.

In the above example you can see the basic curves and shape of an anime or manga style head.

Step 2 – Drawing the Ears

To place the ears first draw a horizontal line directly though the middle of the head and then draw another line between that and the chin. Draw the ears between these two lines.

For the side view placement of the ears they will be positioned slightly more towards the back of the head than the front.

As the ears will be covered by the hair in later step we won’t go into drawing their inner details. But if you would like to learn more about drawing anime style ears see:

Step 3 – Drawing the Eyes

To place the eyes on the head you can use the same vertical line used to place the top part of the ears. Draw the eyes directly below this line. The height of anime eyes can vary based on style and character type so there is no one sure way to place the bottom portion.

If drawing both views at once be sure that the positioning of the bottom portions of the eyes in both views is relatively even. A common mistake beginner artists tend to make when drawing the same face from different views is misaligned or differently sized facial features.

Also note that for this stage of the drawing process you can do a simplified shape of the eyes and leave the details for a later (covered in Step 7).

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Step 4 – Drawing the Nose

As already mentioned you will want to position the nose between the horizontal halfway point of the face and the bottom of the chin.

In the front view you can pretty much draw the nose as just a dot in the side view an anime nose is usually small and pointy.

For more examples of anime noses in different views you can see:

Step 5 – Drawing the Mouth

To mouth is a little bit trickier to place as you will first want to get the position of the bottom lip in order to do it. Also keep in mind that when it comes to anime and manga the bottom lips itself is often not drawn in the front view of the characters.

The bottom lip will be positioned between the nose and the bottom of the chin. Draw the mouth itself slightly above that.

You can pretty much draw the mouth as one or two lines (really just one line with a break in the middle for the front view). If you want a happier/friendlier looking character you can draw it with a bit of a curve.

In the above illustration you can see how the initial straight line from the tip of the nose down to the chin can then be used help you draw the lips.

For more on drawing anime mouths and lips see:

Step 6 – Drawing The Hair

Add the hair.

Keep in mind that the hair will overlap some of the other features of the character’s face. But it is still good practice to draw those out especially since they may be visible if you choose to draw a different hair style. You can erase the parts that are covered up by the hair once you are done.

For this stage you can simply draw out the major parts of the hair clumps without any of the smaller inner details of the hair. Try and vary the clumps slightly in size shape and direction to give the hair a more natural look.

For more information on drawing anime and manga hair check:

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Step 7 – Drawing the Smaller Details of the Face & Finishing the Line Drawing

At this stage you can erase the parts of the face that are covered by the hair and add the smaller details o the eyes such as the eyelashes, pupils, and highlights. You can also shade in the eyelashes and add some more details to the hair.

When drawing the eyes you can lightly outline the highlights (reflections of light) with a very light lines so that if you shade the eyes you don’t accidentally shade them in also.

Once you are done you should have a finished line drawing of an anime girl’s head and face.

This is technically a finished drawing and you can leave it as is but if you want to go a little bit further you can move on to the next step for the shading.

You can see the finished line drawing of the facial features without the hair in the way in the illustration above.

Step 8 – Applying Shading

You can add some very basic shading to your drawing to make it stand out a lot more.

Anime uses what is known as “Cel” style shading (basically shading with no gradients) which generally makes shading fair fast and easy.

The way the shading is applied will be determined by two things. The areas that are naturally darker and the areas that have shadows cast on them.

Darker Areas

Generally you will want to darken the hair and the irises of the eyes (leave the highlights white). Shade the pupils and the upper area of the iris even darker.

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For more detailed examples of shading hair see:

Leave a white area in the hair for the highlight. For more on drawing these see:

In Shadow Areas

The way shadows are cast is determined by the light source. For the sake of this tutorial we will go with very “generalized” lighting conditions where the shadows are usually cast downwards.

In this case the shadows (top to bottom) will be:

Drawing
  • Forehead – from the hair
  • Eyelids – due to them being indented in the head (less light reaches)
  • Top of the Eyes – from the eyelashes (somewhat optional these can be too small to notice)
  • Nose – to one side
  • Below Mouth (optional) – from the lips
  • Neck – from the head

For a tutorial on shading anime faces in different lighting conditions see:

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If you would like to color your character see:

Conclusion

This tutorial provides general guidelines for drawing an anime or manga style female face. For instructions on drawing anime style female bodies check out:

For drawing an older or younger female character’s head and face see:

For drawing male anime heads and faces see:

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For drawing different types of anime characters see:

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