How to Draw Anime and Manga Male Head and Face

This tutorial shows how to draw an anime or manga male head and face from the front and side views.

Lets start by looking at the defines features of male character drawn in the anime or manga style.

The most defining feature of anime and manga are the big eyes. However this is not as obvious in male anime characters (especially adults) as it is in female ones.

Another feature of anime is a lot less detailed then in many other art style. Often drawn with just one line and sometimes a second line to indicate the bottom lip. In female characters the mouth is usually a lot smaller then normal. However this is not always the case with male characters.

Anime male characters also tend to have larger chins and longer faces when compared to their female counterparts.

Note: These steps are similar to the How to Draw an Anime Girl’s Head and Face tutorial but this tutorial combines steps two and three from the female one.

Step 1 – Draw the Overall Shape of the Head

Anime male head outline drawing

Example of how to draw anime and manga male head

The top part of the head in both views should be close to a half circle.

You can draw a vertical line down the middle of the head in the front view to help you see if both sides are even.

For the side view draw the nose about halfway between the middle of the head and the bottom of the chin and the mouth with the bottom lip halfway between the nose and the chin.

Step 2 – Draw the Details

Outline drawing of anime male characters head and face

Example of how to draw an outline of an anime and manga male face and head

Draw the eyes in the middle of the head far enough apart that you can fit a third eye in between.

The bigger and wider you draw the eyes the younger your character will look. In this case our character is a young adult so the eyes will be smaller then those of a female anime character.

Draw the eyebrows slightly above the eyes. Anime and manga male eyebrows are often drawn thicker then female ones especially in older characters. But it also depends on the style.

Position the nose and lips in the front view same as the side view in step 1.

You can check the following tutorials for more details on drawing eyes, noses and mouths:

How to Draw Anime Eyes
How to Draw Anime and Manga Noses
How to Draw Anime and Manga Mouth Expressions

Draw the ears with the top of the ear close to the top of the eyes and the bottom part slightly below the eyes.

Draw the hair last after you’ve finished drawing all other details. In this case the character has a somewhat messy hairstyle so draw the hair in random sized clumps.

Step 3 – Add Some Fill

Anime male face and head drawing

Example of how to draw anime and manga male face and head

You can add some very basic fill to the picture to make it stand out a little more than just a simple line drawing.

You will usually want to use the darkest if not black fill for the eyes. The darkness of the hair will depend on it’s colour. Blonde being the lightest black being just that or a very dark grey.

Once you finish the fill that concludes this tutorial. Thank you for visiting Anime Outline!

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