This tutorial explains how to draw a an anime or manga girl’s head head and face from the front and side views.
Before we begin it might be 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 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.
Keeping these things in mind we can begin drawing our character.
Step 1 – Drawing The Head
Draw the overall outline of the head.
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.
The shape of the top part of the head should be close to a half-circle in both views.
For the side view draw the nose about halfway between the bottom of the chin and the middle of the head and the mouth outline with the bottom lip halfway between the chin and the nose.
Draw the chin small and almost pointy but with a tiny curve at the bottom.
Step 2 – Drawing The Facial Features
Add the various facial features.
First draw the outline of the eye/eyes directly in the middle of the head. For the front view you can draw a horizontal line through the middle of the head to help you position the eyes more easily and to insure that both eyes are at the same height. Once again for the front view draw the nose halfway between the chin and the middle of the face (just like the side view). Draw the mouth slightly higher than the halfway point between the chin and the nose. Draw the eyebrows slightly above the eyes. Draw the pupils with the top parts being slightly covered by the eyelids. Draw the ears with the top parts being close to the top of the eyes and the bottom parts slightly below the eyes.
For more information on drawing various anime and manga facial features you can check the following tutorials:
Step 3 – 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 practise 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 more information on drawing anime and manga hair you can check the How to Draw Anime and Manga Hair – Female tutorial.
Step 4 – Add Some Fill
Add some fill to the drawing to make it stand out a little more.
With the fill finished that concludes this tutorial. I hope you’ve found it helpful!
For instructions on how to draw the full body you can check out the How to Draw an Anime Girl Step by Step Detailed Tutorial.