10 Step Anime Man’s Face Drawing Tutorial

This tutorial explains how to draw the face of a man in the anime or manga style. It includes step by step drawing examples along with a set of proportions to achieve an anime look for an adult male character.

Anime man face step by step drawing
Anime man face step by step drawing

Older anime characters (especially males) usually have better defined facial features and their faces tend to have proportions that are closer to those of real people.

In this case we will be drawing a man that can be in his 30s or 40s. We will also be using a set of proportions that is common when drawing realistic faces.

It will be a fairly muscular character so he will have a thick neck and big trapezius muscles.

For a breakdown of drawing necks you can see:

How to Draw Anime Neck & Shoulders

Please note to make light lines if you are drawing using pencil and paper as you will need to do some erasing in between the different steps.

Step 1 – Draw the Shape of the Head

Anime man head drawing
Anime man head drawing

Start your drawing by first drawing the overall shape of the head. The top of the head will be close to a circle in the front view and close to an oval in the side view. Please note that older anime male characters tend to have fairly long faces as opposed to younger characters that tend to have fairly round faces.

For the bottom half of the front view of the face draw two lines going down from the top circle that then angle more towards one another and join to form the chin.

Younger anime characters often tend to have very “sharp” chins but in this case draw a wider chin to make the character look older.

For the side view draw the lower portion of the face without the smaller details of the nose and mouth. You can simply draw a single line from the tip of the nose to the chin.

For this initial drawing you can simply estimate the position of the nose (it will be covered in later steps).

Step 2 – Position & Draw the Eyes

Anime man eyes drawing
Anime man eyes drawing

To position the eyes draw a horizontal line through the middle of the face and draw the eyes directly on that line.

Anime characters often tend to have their eyes drawn below the horizontal halfway point in the face but for drawing an older man like the one in this tutorial you can place the eyes almost like you would if drawing real people.

For the front view keep a distance of the width of one eye between the eyes.

For a detailed breakdown of drawing the eyes themselves you can check:

How to Draw Male Anime & Manga Eyes

Step 4 – Position & Draw the Eyebrows

Anime amn face proportions using hairline
Proportioning the face using the hairline

This part can get a little tricky. Before drawing the eyebrows what you first need to do is estimate where the characters hairline should be (slightly down from the top of the head) and going down from the hairline divide the face into three evenly proportioned parts.

Anime man eyebrows drawing
Anime man eyebrows drawing

Draw the eyebrows on the line that is the next one down from the hairline.

Step 4 – Position & Draw the Ears

Anime man ears drawing
Anime man ears drawing

Draw the ears in the middle section of the three divisions from the previous steps.

For more on drawing the ears see:

How to Draw Anime and Manga Ears

Step 5 – Position & Draw the Nose

Anime man nose drawing
Anime man nose drawing

Draw the nose with the tip close to the bottom line of the middle division.

Anime noses are often draw with just a line or even a dot but in this case we will draw a hint of the nostrils and one side of the nose.

For different styles of anime noses see:

How to Draw Anime and Manga Noses

Step 6 – Position & Draw the Mouth

Anime man mouth drawing
Anime man mouth drawing

Draw the mouth with the bottom lip between the bottom of the nose and the bottom of the chin and the top lip slightly above that.

Step 7 – Draw the Hair

Anime man hair drawing
Anime man hair drawing

For “combed back” hair like in this example it will reveal the hairline so you can use the “hairline” point created earlier as a reference.

Draw some little “teeth” into the hairline area of the hair for a more natural look.

For more on drawing anime hair see:

How to Draw Anime & Manga Male & Female Hair

Step 8 – Line Drawing

Anime man line drawing
Anime man line drawing

At this point you can clean up your drawing and remove any guide lines you created in earlier steps and in the smaller details like the wrinkles around the eyebrows and under the eyes.

You can also go over your drawing with darker lines if you need to.

Step 9 – Apply Color

Anime man color drawing
Anime man color drawing

Fill in each area of the drawing with the appropriate color starting with the larger areas.

Leave the eyes white if you are coloring on paper or add them in last if coloring digitally.

For a tutorial on picking colors for an anime character see:

Beginner Guide to Picking Colors When Drawing Anime & Manga

For a step by step coloring tutorial see:

How to Color an Anime Character Step by Step

Step 10 – Add Shading

Anime man shaded color drawing
Anime man shaded color drawing

For this tutorial we will apply some basic shading in the commonly shaded areas.

In this case the major shaded areas will be:

  • One the neck (a drop shadow from the chin)
  • Inside the ears
  • Bottom of the nose (optionally and a little bit on one side of the nose as well)
  • Small shadow below the bottom lip
  • Tiny shadows around the wrinkle areas

Conclusion

Anime characters can have very different proportions based on age and style. The tips in this tutorial should help you achieve an anime/manga style look for an adult male character drawn in a slightly more serious style.

For drawing a young male anime character see see:

8 Step Anime Boy’s Head & Face Drawing Tutorial

For drawing a woman’s face you can see:

8 Step Anime Woman’s Head & Face Drawing Tutorial