Construction Of Anime Girl Head
We need a solid method of construction of the human head before we can understand how to draw an Anime/Magna head or face.
Trust me when I tell you that all, yes all great Manga artists know how to draw a realistic human head. Whats more, they know how to draw it really, really well. Do not skip learning anatomy and construction of the face and try not to dive right into drawing in the Anime style, before understanding the basics of construction.
Luckily, there is an incredibly powerful method for the construction of the face that we can learn and practice developed by Andrew Loomis. I published a detailed tutorial on the Loomis method and you can find it at this link.
Basically, the method evolves drawing a sphere to represent the top portion of the head, then drawing in the jaw and other features based on predetermined landmarks and proportions. It is a great starting point for drawing the face. Check out the tutorial above.
Later on this page, I will walk you step-by-step through how I use the method to draw an Anime girl face.
Adding In Facial Features
Firstly, add the ears. From top to bottom they should go from the eye line to the nose line. Add in the nose, which can be of any shape but it must just touch the bottom of your horizontal nose line.;
NOTE: To help with how big to make the eyes, the eye guideline from ear to ear should be roughly five eyes wide. This means that your eyes should have an eyes length that separates them in the middle.
The eyebrows require simple curved lines above the eyes and the placement doesnt really matter too much, they just need to follow the placement of the eyes. You can experiment with different shapes and placement to portray various different emotions.
Lastly, draw the mouth line halfway between the bottom of the nose guideline and the bottom of the lip line.
That’s the proportions sorted, now let’s make it Manga…
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How To Draw Anime Faces Tutorial
The video focuses on drawing feminine anime face and head, and what I like about this video is that the artist is pretty thorough with explaining how things work.;
Explaining things like which eye draw first and how to draw eyes, etc. makes the video feel complete and entertaining.
If you struggle drawing anime and manga head from an angle, this is one of those videos that covers just that.
Place And Draw The Eyes & Eyebrows
For a cuter look place the eyes even lower down than normal. Also make sure that you draw the eyes big and tall.
In this case we will actually place the eyes by first placing the eyebrows. To do this draw a horizontal line exactly through the middle of the head and draw the bottom of the eyebrows touching this line. Keep in mind that the eyes can move depending on the characters facial expression. This placement is for eyebrows in their natural position.
You can draw a hint of the eyelids directly on this line and the eyebrows slightly below that.
For more on drawing anime eyes see:
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Cleaning Up And Finishing The Drawing
Tip: Practice drawing different hairstyles on a piece of tracing paper over your drawing so you dont have to erase your character if you dont like the style you drew.
Alternative Male Anime Hair
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Space The Eyes Horizontally & Draw Their Basic Outlines
When spacing the eyes horizontally you will want to leave about enough room between them that you can fit in another eye.
When actually drawing the eyes make them fairly narrow with relatively thick sets of top eyelashes.
At this stage you can simply outline the basic shape of the eyes without drawing all of the smaller details such as the eyelashes.
The goal is to first correctly place all the facial features.
For more good drawing practices and; explanations as to why you want to draw a certain way see:
How To Draw A Realistic Anime Face Step By Step
This step by step tutorial shows how to draw a semi-realistic looking female anime face that differs from the more traditional anime styles.
Drawing a realistic looking anime face is a little more challenging than drawing a standard anime or manga style face. While the actual drawing process itself is not much more difficult the challenge comes in balancing between semi-realistic facial features and maintaining an anime look.
To help with that challenge this tutorial provides a detailed breakdown of the drawing process. It includes an explanation of how to draw the head and each of the major facial features to achieve a more realistic look.
Be sure to make light lines for the initial stages of the drawing so that you can easily erase parts of them later. The lines in the examples are dark simply so that you can see them. You can go over your drawing with darker lines after you are sure everything is in the right place and after you erase all o the guide lines and parts of the face that will be hidden by the hair.
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How To Draw A Manga Female Head
If the other video from Sophie Chan was about drawing anime male head, this tutorial covers how to draw female manga head.
What I think is beautiful about this tutorial, is the use of guidelines. When you draw the circle and the horizontal and vertical lines, chin and all, its nice how Sophie shows you how to use those guidelines to your advantage.
Use the lines to draw nose, eyes, eyelashes, and so on. This video is a very good tutorial to learn the basics of drawing that manga looking head.
Add Long Pants Or Jeans
Long pants or jeans are the simplest addition to your character when it comes to anime clothes drawing. Along the lines you already have for the legs, draw some slightly curved lines on the outside edge to give a baggy appearance .
From here, draw curved lines around the ankles for a pooling effect and a couple of light lines around the knees for the natural crease of the pants.
Draw around the outside of the leg lines before erasing these to create a baggy pants look on your character.
There are also tons of Skillshare classes for drawing anime and Manga characters using pencil or digital techniques. Youll be an expert in no time!
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How To Draw An Anime Chibi Girl
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The term “chibi” is derived from a Japanese verb meaning “to become shorter.” It is a style of caricature that features its subject in an exaggerated way. Chibi “are small and chubby, with stubby limbs and oversized heads to make them resemble children.” The word chibi can also be translated as “little” or “cute.”
Chibi has become popular due to its use in anime and manga. When drawing a chibi character, the head usually takes up one third to one half of the cartoon’s height. The design, including the features of the face, is also simplified and less detailed when compared to other drawing styles.
Chibi drawing styles are used occasionally in non-chibi cartoons to achieve a comedic effect. The chibi character is often expressing a strong emotion, such as anger or infatuation. Examples can be found in anime such as Pokémon and One Piece. Chibi caricatures are also drawn of famous people and historical figures.
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Would you like to draw a chibi cartoon? This easy, step-by-step cartoon character drawing tutorial can show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.
How To Draw Female Full Body Proportions And Head Ratio For Anime Manga
You can learn how to draw full body female characters in anime after watching this tutorial. Learn about the core basics of designing and drawing anime characters. The drawing artist will teach you about proportions, scale, and denoting the age in anime characters. You can also learn about head proportions in this video tutorial.
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How To Draw Anime Head In Profile / Side View
In this video, the artist shows you how to draw the anime head from the side. When you are drawing the head from the profile view, the principles are the same. You follow the middle horizontal line and place eyes and ears slightly below the horizontal line.;
The reason why this video is pretty good is that the artist clearly explains every decision that goes into drawing the manga head.
Drawing Female Anime Eyes
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Shade & Finish The Drawing
For some very basic shading you can add shadows in the most common places. In this case they will be as follows:
- Tiny shadows around the eyelids
- Small shadows below the eyelashes
- Very tiny shadow to one side of the nose
- Fully shaded ears
- Large shadow on the neck in the shape o the chin
- Fully shaded inner part of the hair between the head/neck and the side hair
As mentioned earlier you can also add some hair highlights as sort of white zigzag lines across the hair. As suggested earlier you can simply leave this area white and then color around it. Alternatively you can use a white correction pen to add them in over top or do it digitally.
How To Draw Anime Face Step By Step
Step 1: Draw a big circle, divide it into 4 equal sections. Draw another horizontal line below the horizontal diameter and also draw a line outside the circle as shown in the image below.
Step 2: Start outlining jaws and neck from the last 2 lines drawn in step 1.
Step 3: Raise up the jawline drawing full face and ears on both side.
Step 4: Draw 2 eyes below the diameter line marked or in the same line with ears. Mark a small line for the nose as in the image below.
Step; 5: On the line of the big circle draw mark 3 for the mouth. Above the eyes draw eyebrows.
Step 6: Erase all the extra lines are drawn and your face outline is clearly visible to you.
Step 7: This is the final step of drawing, draw hair bangs for the anime. Here this anime girl has short hair, you can finish it with long hair too.
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Drawing A Teenage Anime Girl
How To Draw Anime Basic Head
This video has a pretty nice take on the different angles of head and face, with a written explanation on what you should draw next and how its easy to follow along with the video while you practice drawing anime and manga head.
The artist also shows you how to draw anime and manga head from the side. So you will not only learn how to draw it from the front view but also from the side and from different angles.
The video is nicely paced and is slow enough to see how the hand moves along with the drawing.
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Drawing An Anime Head And Face
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When you want to draw anime girls with curly hair, this video tutorial will show you how to do it in detail. You will learn how to draw not only the anime girls facial features but also her curly hair. The video tutorial focuses on how you can highlight the fine curly hair details of anime girl characters.
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