Hey guys, it’s time to learn how to draw the side of a manga face or profile view. If you want to draw the front view, or the three quarter view, you are still in the right place. Just follow the links and learn to draw these face poses too.
So when I’m drawing manga faces from the side or in the profile view, these are the basic guides that I use to help me. They’re similar to those used for the front view, but with an extra vertical line and an indication of where the eyes and other features will go.
In the image below, simple shapes and lines are used to show where the eye, jaw, chin, nose, mouth and ear appear when the face is viewed from the side. For example, you see that a simple triangular shape represents the nose. The dip of the nose begins at the center of the eye. The mouth is around halfway between the nose and chin. The ear starts from the top of the eye to the tip of the nose. Notice the jawline angles up with the ear too.
After marking where all the facial features will go, start outlining those details to complete the face.
First, follow the circle and draw a big bulge for the forehead and for the back of the head. Then outline the nose remembering how it dips in at the center of the eye. There are various ways to draw noses, so if you have a particular style of nose, just do yours. You can look at some nose examples here and here.
Continue to follow the guide and draw the mouth halfway between the nose and chin. (There you have a little mouth tutorial handy below, at the side.)
Now as you continue with the jaw and chin, note that this is obviously a female’s face. And there are some distinguishing features between a male and a female’s face drawn from the side. Girls jawlines and chins are softer and rounder while guys are sharper looking. Also, the male may show an adams apple in the neck when looked at from the side.
Now draw the neck without the adams apple since it’s not a male character. The back angles from the back of the head. At this point you can add a neckline too.
Put in your eye and the eyebrow. A note on eyes…they have a kind of triangular shape from the side like you see in the image. Asked someone to turn to the side and you will notice this.
Finally the ear and the hairline. The ear aligns with the top of the eye and the tip of the nose.
And that’s how it’s done with some hair added. Actually this is just how I do it. There are other ways in which other artists draw the side of a face. But I think that this is an easy way to learn how to draw the side of a face for a beginner. Also, see the guide for the male face in profile in the gallery section.
I hope you learnt something here today. If you did, don’t hesitate to leave a comment and please share. I’d really appreciate it.