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Here is a great Anime & Manga Side Profile View Face / Head Drawing Method that is very easy to draw with very impressive results. Adjust the construction guidelines to achieve different kinds of Anime faces. Observe and compare how the different spaces of guidelines affect the resulting manga face. Consider the construction guidelines as the underlying bone struction of the Anime head that you are drawing. Now matter how the lines are spaced in relation to each other, always place each part of the face (such as the eyes, nose, mouth) to its respective guidelines.
How to Draw Anime & Manga Faces & Heads in Profile Side View with Easy Step by Step Drawing Lessons
In drawing faces & heads, in any style (whether it be Manga & Anime, Cartooning, Illustration, or whatever), profiles help us understand the main differences of people’s heads. In Manga & Anime style illustration, drawing the face’s side view is often the most fun thing to do. In this way, we can really know and familiarize the face of the character we are drawing. Shapes can vary, but whatever the shape is on the side view, it surely affects whatever can be seen on the face’s front view. So to better know the face, look at the person’s profile.
Below you will find some simple Manga & Anime style illustration guidelines for drawing the human face in profile view (side of the face).
You can start the profile view of the face with a simple circle. A circle shape is ideal for drawing the Anime / Manga face & head.
Now draw a line horizontally through the center of the circle. Now you have 2 halves of the circle. Cut the bottom half of the circle in half horizontally again. Also draw a horizontal line at the bottom of the circle. See the picture above if I confused you.
Now draw a line down the center of the circle vertically (up and down). Also draw a diagonal line from the left side of the center horizontal line down to the left side of the 2nd horizontal line…and keep the line going until you pass the 3rd horizontal line.
Now we have all the guidelines in place to start drawing the Manga / Anime face in profile view. You can see that the diagonal line that we drew is a guideline for you to place the forehead and chin line. At the 2nd horizontal line is where you start the curve for the nose. At the bottom horizontal line is where you start the lips. And you can draw your Anime character’s ear in between the 1st and 2nd horizontal line, towards the back of the circle. Draw a curve from the ear to the bottom of the chin. Also draw the head on top of the original circle.
Now draw the eye behind the diaganol line, in between the first and second horizontal line (the same space as the ear).
Now fill in the details of the eyes. We don’t have a profile view eye tutorial yet, but we do have 2 eye tutorials (Drawing Female Eyes) and (Drawing Male Eyes)… these might help you draw in the details of the eyes..basically, draw a large oval in the eye, fill it in, except for an oval highlight at the top right of the eye). Shadow the eye darker towards the eyelashes at the top of the eye.
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