Male Face Drawing

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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.

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:

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

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

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:

Step 4 – Position & Draw the Eyebrows

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.

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

Step 4 – Position & Draw the Ears

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

For more on drawing the ears see:

Step 5 – Position & Draw the Nose

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:

Step 6 – Position & Draw the Mouth

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

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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:

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Step 8 – 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

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:

For a step by step coloring tutorial see:

Step 10 – Add Shading

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


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 muscular body that can be appropriate for this type of character see:

For drawing younger male anime characters see:

For drawing a woman’s face you can see:

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This step by step tutorial shows how to draw an anime or manga male head and face from the front and side views.

In this tutorial we will be drawing what can be the face of a young adult or high school age male anime character.

Manga and anime male characters of this age tend to have larger chins and longer faces with smaller/narrower eyes when compared to their female counterparts or younger males. Though this can also vary based on style.

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If you are going to be following the tutorial with pencil and paper be sure to draw light lines until you are done with the facial feature and hair placement steps. You will need to erase parts of the drawing afterwards.

For drawing different types of anime characters using this face see:

For drawing an anime boy’s face see:

Step 1 – Drawing the Head

Front View

Draw a vertical line for the middle of the head to help you see if both sides are even.

Make the top part of the head close to a circle and from there project two lines angled inwards towards the middle of the face followed by a set of curves and two more angled lines pointing further inwards. Join the two sets of lines at the chin. Draw the chin itself with a small curve but don’t make it too pointy or the character will look less masculine.

Side View

Draw the top of the head close to an oval in shape.

Make a small bump around the eyebrow areas followed by an indent that transitions into the nose area. You can see step four of this tutorial for positioning the nose. But do your best to estimate it’s placement at this point.

Also at this stage you can simply draw a straight line from the tip of the nose to the bottom of the chin.

Add the bottom of the jaw by projecting a line form slightly above the oval and then curving it into another line that basically transitions into the chin.

Step 2 – Drawing the Ears

To position the ears draw a vertical line through the middle of the head and another line between that and the chin. Draw the ears with their top and bottom between the two lines.

You can see the inner details of the ears above but you may want to save drawing these for after you place the rest of the facial features.

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For more on drawing anime ears see:

Step 3 – Drawing the Eyes

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The bigger and wider you draw the eyes the younger your character will look. In this case the character is a young adult (or close) so the eyes will be smaller then those of a boy.

Draw the eyes with their top portion touching the horizontal halfway point through the face (use the line from the previous step) and leave enough space between them to fit another eye.

Please note that the eyes will only be positioned this way when in their natural state if they are open wider they can go past this line and if shut they will usually go below the line. For now you can simply draw the their basic outline. The details will be added in a later step.

Draw the eyebrows slightly above the eyes. Anime and manga male eyebrows are often drawn thicker then female ones especially in older characters. But it also depends on the style.

Step 4 – Drawing the Nose

Place the details of the nose so that its bottom would be at the halfway point/line between the top of the eyes and the bottom of the chin. Please note that the actual bottom of the nose will not be draw. Show the nose by drawing a small vertical line for the bridge and giving a hint of one of the nostrils (slightly above the placement line).

If you are drawing the side view of the nose you will want to draw the bottom of the nose and the mouth at the same time as they basically transition into one another.

For drawing different styles of anime noses see:

Step 5 – Drawing the Mouth

Finally position the mouth by drawing a line between the bottom of the nose and the bottom of the chin. This line will give you the position of the bottom lip. Draw the top lip just slightly above this.

You can give a hint of the bottom lip with one short line. Draw the mouth itself with a light curve and a small break int the middle. Also please note that generally adult or older teenager male anime and manga characters tend to have wider mouths then females.

For more examples of anime mouths see:

Step 6 – Drawing the Hair

Draw the hair over top of the head. The reason why you want to draw this way instead of just drawing the hair right away is because being able to see what the head looks like will help you position the facial features (as done in previous steps). It will also help you place the hair itself as you can see exactly how it sits on the head.

For a more detailed explanation on “see through” drawing and other anime drawing tips see:

To get that “anime hair” look draw the hair in fairly large pointy clumps.

To help you better understand how to draw the hair it can be very helpful to think of it as split into three parts (front, side and back/top).

  • Red– Front Hair
  • Green – Side Hair
  • Blue– Back/Top Hair

Viewing the hair this way can be especially helpful when drawing when drawing hair that’s being pulled or blown in different directions. For more on this see the tutorials below:


You can draw the inner details of the ears (shown in step 2) either before or after drawing the hair.

Step 7 – Drawing the Details & Finishing the Line Drawing

Erase the parts of the head hidden by the hair and add the smaller details of the eyes such as the pupils and highlights. Afterwards you can also go over your drawing with darker lines and add black fill or pencil shading (depending on what you are drawing with) to parts of the eyes and eyebrows.

For the full step by step breakdown of drawing male anime eyes see:

After you finish this step you should have a clean line drawing of the face. You can leave it at this stage or move on to the next step if you want to add shading.

Step 8 – Add Some Shading

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For some very basic anime style shading (also known as “Cel Shading”) add it in places where shadows are most likely to occur in general lighting conditions.

For some simple shading with no gradients you can add the following:

  • Small drop shadows from the hair on the forehead and sides of the face
  • Tiny shadows around the eyelids and top part of the white of the eyes
  • Inner parts of the ears
  • Bottom of the nose
  • Large shadow on the neck from the the head

Also darken the hair and the irises of the eyes but leave the highlights in both areas white.

For drawing different types of hair highlights see:

For examples of drawing an anime face in different lighting conditions see:


Male anime heads and faces can vary depending on style but generally the older the character the more they tend to differ from their female counterparts. Younger characters usually have faces very similar to females while older characters are often drawn with longer faces, smaller eyes and better overall defined facial features.

For drawing a similar face in 3/4 view see:

For a similar tutorial on drawing a female anime face see:

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For drawing the facial expressions of similar faces see:

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