For this how to draw manga faces tutorial, you’ll need the following drawing tools: pencil, eraser, ruler or a digital drawing application like PaintTool Sai or Photoshop.
When you draw manga faces, keep in mind that there are various styles and shapes that you can do. It depends on the type of character that you want to create. For now, this guide shows you step by step how to draw a basic manga face.
Basic Guidelines for Drawing a Manga Face
This is going to be a girl, and the first thing we’ll do is draw the outline of the face. For this, we use guidelines. These will help us in two ways: (1) to place the facial features, and (2) to prevent us from drawing a lopsided manga face.
Start by drawing a circle and then dividing it in half with a vertical line that passes the bottom of the circle.
Next draw a straight horizontal line in the center of the circle.
Place three more lines evenly spaced below that like so.
These will show us where to draw the eyes, nose, mouth, ears and chin on our manga character’s face.
Now it’s time to draw the jaws and cheek. Starting from about the second line, draw a line slanted that reaches the third line on both sides.
Then draw more slanted lines to form the cheeks like so. Since it’s a girl’s face the cheek bones should have a soft appearance.
Now that we have finished drawing the shape of the face with these helpful guidelines, we now know where to put every thing; from the top of the head to the eyes to the chin.
How to Draw Features on Manga Faces
And finally, it’s time to add all the features that make up a face!
Draw the eyes between the first and second line. Note, the distance between the eyes is an equal eye space. Find out more about drawing anime eyes here. And the eyebrows go above the lines.
Place the nose below the second guideline. And the mouth goes on the third line.
The ears usually start from around the top of the eye to the bottom of the nose.
And Drum roll! Our work here is done. Here is the final result after adding all the features to the face. I’ve also given our manga girl a neck, shoulders and some hair. Now all you have to do is clean it up by gentle erasing the unnecessary lines.
The Male Manga Face vs the Female’s
There are some differences between the male and female manga face: The male has a sharper look. The eyes are smaller. The eye lashes aren’t as long or they may not be visible at all, as in this case. And the eye brows appear thicker and closer to the eyes. The mouth and nose are usually bigger than the female’s as well.
I made a face chart that you are free to use as an easy guide when you draw faces from the front. Also be sure to check out this other tut which explains how to draw anime heads step by step from a three quarter angle.
And that’s it. Now that you have learned “how to draw a manga face”, use the guidelines and the tips below to draw another one.
Here are some tips to remember when drawing a manga or anime face.
- Eyes do not pass the jaw lines.
- Ears go from top of the eyes to the bottom of the nose.
- Male eyebrows are thicker and closer to the eyes.
- The nose is in the center of the face when viewing from the front.
- Female usually have smaller mouth and nose.
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