This tutorial explains how to draw anime kissing lips and face from two different views with the head at different angles.
The main focus of this tutorial is on showing a “kissing” look on a female anime face but it can also help you if you are looking for an easy way to draw the head at different angles.
Drawing Kissing Anime Lips
Anime characters are usually drawn without showing the lips. However in certain expressions as well as well as close up scenes of the face lips can be fully or partially shown.
For kissing anime lips draw the mouth slightly open with the top portion similar to a flattened “M” shape and the bottom portion similar to a flatted “U” shape. Give a hint of the top lip with one tiny curve and the bottom lip with two large curves that join in the middle.
For the side view you can draw anime lips very similar to real lips but leave them as a silhouette without showing inner details.
For more style variations of anime lips see:
Proportions of Anime Face Used for This Tutorial
Above and below you can see the proportions of the face used for this tutorial.
You may already be aware of these if you’ve seen some of the other tutorials here on AnimeOutline.
If you have not seen the other tutorials on drawing anime style faces and need more explanation then check out:
Kissing Face vs Normal Face Comparison
Finally you can see how the facial features shift when making a “kissy face” as compared to a normal expression.
The main changes are:
- Closed eyes – the top eyelashes will shift all the way down to the bottom part of the eyes
- Open mouth – lips drawn as described earlier and jaw slightly lower down
For more details on drawing closed anime and manga style eyes see:
You may also notice some blush added to the cheeks. You can draw the blush with just a few stripes.
For more anime blush style variations see:
Anime Girl Face – Front View
For reference you can see how this character would look with their normal expression with the head and face fully drawn.
For examples of drawing various anime hairstyles you can see:
Anime Girl Face – Side View
You can also see the side view drawing example above.
Drawing a Kissing Anime Face – Front View
To draw the “kissing face” in the front view position and draw the facial features as described earlier (closed eyes, lightly open mouth and blush).
Drawing a Kissing Anime Face – Side View
Above you can also see an example of the same face drawn with a “kissing expressions” from the side view.
This example can work when drawing a character that is kissing someone slightly below them. For example if she was kissing her smaller sister/brother on the forehead. But often the head tends to be tilted upwards when giving a kiss on the cheek or lips so the above example will not always work.
Drawing a Kissing Anime Face With Lifted Head – Side View
In the side view an upward tilted head is still fairly easy to draw. You can basically rotate the previous drawing of the face.
The only tricky part is drawing the hair. Draw the top part of the hair rotated along with the head and the shorter clumps slightly more angled in accordance with the tilt. Keep the longer parts of the hair hanging downwards same as the previous example.
Basically the longer the hair the more likely it is to simply hang down. Very short hair will pretty much rotate with the head and medium hair will tend to bend downwards but not fully hang like long hair.
For more on drawing hair in various states see:
Drawing a Kissing Anime Face With a Lifted Head – Front View
Finally the most challenging example of this tutorial.
Drawing a head that’s lifted up in the front view can be quite tough because all of the facial features and proportions will shift. However you can use the technique below to make drawing an angled head significantly easier.
Projecting Lines From One View to Another
A good trick to use to if you are struggling with drawing a head that is raised (ore lowered) in the front view is to draw that same head from the side view. Next project a set of lines from each of the major facial features. These lines will give you the placement of the facial features of that same head angle in the front view!
Please note that you do not need to do this every time you draw but it can be very good practice until you get the hang of how to draw the face at different angles without the extra help.
You may also notice that there is a hint of one of the nostrils on the left side of the face. This is optional but can help show that the head is tilted upwards.
Drawing kissing anime lips is fairly simple but drawing the entire face (especially from different angles) can get a lot more complicated. Hopefully the tips and suggestions provided in this tutorial have helped you gain a better understanding of how you can draw these.
For other similar tutorials see:
- 12 Anime Facial Expressions Chart & Drawing Tutorial
- 16 Examples of How to Draw Chibi Anime Facial Expressions
- How to Draw Anime Characters Tutorial