Anime Face Sketch

Anime Face SketchAnime Face Sketch

Drawing anime head, whether it’s male or female, is pretty simple. However, you need to know the basics of human anatomy to pull it off. Eyes, nose, ears are pretty much in the same place, as if you were drawing a realistic human head. There are, however, few small differences that we have to tackle. How to draw anime face step by step tutorial? These step-by-step tutorials focus on the face, which, as it turns out, is pretty easy to do: Draw a circle and add a cross in the middle – this will keep the face symmetrical. Start by shaping the face – you can choose the shape you want. Anime characters have a general formula for drawing a face. Usually, measurements on a would-be character face have specific measurements of the distance of their features from one another. For example, the distance between the chin and the mouth is usually around ⅛, while the distance from the tops of the eyes to the bottom of the nose is.

In one of the previous instructions, the team of showed how to depict an anime body, and in the continuation of this topic, we will show how to draw an anime face.

With this super simple instruction consisting of eleven stages even the most inexperienced artist will be able to learn how to draw an anime face.

So, what do you need in order to draw an anime face? First of all, this is, of course, a pencil and paper, or a graphics tablet. And secondly, your desire to learn how to draw anime faces. If everything is ready, then let’s get started!

Step 1

To draw an anime face, first, create a head shape. Here it should look like an oval, or rather a geometric figure similar to an egg.

Step 2

In order to further accurately draw an anime face, here we will create auxiliary lines. First, depict a vertical line, and then place the eye lines on it. At the same stage create a neck.

Step 3

Between the two lines drawn in the previous stage, create the upper eyelids. They should be thicker at the angles. Use two circles or ovals to create the pupils.

Step 4


Above the eyes, create eyebrows that can be thick or thin, as in the example from artists of Use a few dashes to create a nose and mouth.

Step 5

Inside the eyes, depict round pupils and above them a couple of folds. Next, depict the ears, the upper tip of which is at the level of the upper eyelids, and the lower tip at the level of the tip of the nose.

Step 6

Now create lines inside the ears, as the artists of did in the example below. The ears can actually be very different, you can make a slightly different shape.

Step 7

Let’s now create the anime hairstyle. Let’s start with a bang, creating it with a series of long lines. We drew a long and straight bang, but you can make a completely different bang.

Step 8

Now let’s move on to the top and depict the hair using long and smooth lines. Again, the hair in anime can be fundamentally different from the sketch, drawn by the artists of

Step 9


This will be the easiest, but very important stage of the instruction on how to draw an anime face. Here we need to make the jaw a little more angular.

Step 10

Temporarily set aside the pencil and take an eraser. Use it to clear the entire artwork of excess lines. And now, with a darker pencil or ink, trace the anime face drawing and make it more aesthetic and beautiful.

Step 11

Now it’s time to paint the anime face. You can paint the face, hair, and eyes in any color. Also, don’t forget to add shadows on the anime face and glare in the eyes.

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  • Lesson by: Tachihohe
  • Date: 2006-09-12

There is no one right way to go about drawing anime-style characters, but here are some steps you might want to try for a start:

  1. The Shape

    One way to start is with a realistically proportioned head. Just a simple, egg-shaped oval divided vertically with a line so everything ends up symmetrical. A line to mark the eyes should be half way up, no higher. The line for the nose halfway between the eyes and the chin; then one for the mouth about halfway between the nose and the chin.

  2. Exaggerate

    The trick to this style is exaggeration. Now that you have the start of a normal head, there are a couple major changes. First, exaggerate the shape of the head by sharpening the chin so the jaw tapers down abruptly from the eye level. Then the eyes: Unlike a normal face where the eye line marks the middle of the eyes, the eyes are stretched down to a little above the nose. An easy way to block in eyes is with lines for the upper and lower lashes, and a rectangle for the iris.

  3. Add Details

    Start cleaning everything up and adding the details. Simplicity is part of the trick: a small mark for a hint of a nose, keep the mouth small, with a little shadow to suggest the lower lip. Give the lashes some flare and a downward turn and the end. The pupil should be elongated and black, the iris somewhat shaded, and there should be a highlight (on the same side of both eyes). Add simple lines for the eyebrows, and you can block in the hair.

  4. Clean Up

    Clean up any stray lines, and add the neck (keep it thin). The bottoms of the ears should be about level with the nose. The hair should be very exaggerated--think big: If there is a part that curls up, it should curl way up. Don't draw individual hairs, think of hair as volumes that can be defined.

Anime Girl Face Sketch

The steps are pretty much the same for a profile-view. Don't worry too much about the ears, keep it simple and suggest the structure. The hard part is the profile edge of the face. It might take some practice to get it down, but just remember to keep it simple--it's all subtlety. The forehead slopes down and curves in at the eyebrow. The nose should be delicate, sharp and slightly upturned. The face then slopes gently down to the chin, with a little nick for the mouth.

Anime Girl Face Sketch Easy

You'll soon start to develop your own style, depending on how much you want to exaggerate the features and how you want to do the details. This is just a quick way to get into it; eyes and hair in particular can be done many different ways. Look at as many artists as you can and see how others do eyes and experiment with some of your own until you find what you like. For hair you can look at other artists, but also look at real hair and hair styles and see how they can be interpreted in the anime style.

Anime Face Sketch Girl

And practice as much as you can! The more you draw, the better you'll get, so do as many drawings as you can and don't get discouraged or give up if they don't all turn out--just keep at it. And above all, have fun!