Before we draw the nose, we’ll need some boundary lines. Draw a line coming down from the corner of each eye and stopping at the line labelled “nose”.
Try to sketch very lightly so you can easily erase mistakes as you go along. This will also be helpful for the last part of the tutorial where we’ll swap out facial features to play with the way our characters appear. I used a 2B for this tutorial so you can clearly see what I’m doing, however I recommend using an HB or harder pencil grade.
Home Learn How to Draw Learn how to draw a face in 8 easy steps: Beginners
Faces are the basic part of the human anatomy, and can display a wide variety of emotions. In a portrait or artwork of people, faces would be the main focal point, so each stroke has a significant effect on what mood is portrayed. Drawing a face correctly is a huge step towards becoming a great artist. In this article, you will see the technique for drawing particular face-shapes.
No Ruler Method: Without the ruler, I draw lines in this order: CENTER LINE, 2, 3, B, A, C (B is included because it’s easier to break the forehead section in half first, especially when you’re drawing freehand). This is the method I use to draw heads all the time.
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You don’t have to draw exactly the same face as the one shown, try to draw your own as this guide is just a basis on how to draw a face. Pencils are your best friend. They come in all different shades of colours, which is perfect for aspiring artists.
They are also erasable. Take advantage of that. Don’t spend too much time on specific details like symmetry and exact proportions, otherwise you will waste too much time. If you want to make it more realistic add a little bit of shade in the eyes to make them look alive with emotion.
Draw a rough oval shape and then you can add your lines and then you follow the steps down below.
Add the ears. The base of the ear should be drawn in line with the bottom of the nose and the top of the ear in line with the eyebrows. Remember, ears should be flat against the side of the head.
Note: Thanks to Pranab Mahajan for reminding me to add this little detail – If you find it difficult to split the face into 5 equal sections, measure the width of the head using a ruler and divide your number by 5.
To make it easy to digest, I split the tutorial up into 3 parts: How to draw a face from the front, side and 3/4 view. This is part 1 of 3. I came up with the original methods in these 3 tutorials by measuring over a dozen adult faces, so each tutorial carries over the same measuring techniques. Drawing faces should be easy as pie after you get the proportions down.
Use a smaller tipped drawing tool to add the finer details of the face.
Give the cheeks, jawline and chin some more definition. I gave him a sharp jawline with a dimpled chin. To make someone look skinnier, you can draw some subtle lines to shape the cheeks.
Click here for my in-depth tutorial on how to draw eyebrows!
Try adding light shading by drawing small lines, criss crossing in tiny strokes. Then use an eraser to lightly smear the lines giving each strand more character.
Erase and remove the sketch marks to produce a clean outlined drawing.
To finish it off, give her a narrow neck compared to his. A thick neck may indicate a muscular individual.
Draw your eyes in the appropriate spaces. Click here for a detailed tutorial on drawing eyes.
Split the bottom section of the face in half and then in half again.
Add the nose. Divide the lower half again with another horizontal line. The point at which this crosses the vertical line is where you should begin to draw the base of the nose. Sketch out the base of the nose and a nostril either side.
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Draw a vertical line down the center of each eye. This will mark the lips’ outer boundary. Click here for my lips tutorial. If you’ve already read it, place your triangle in the small box under the nose to start. If you drew the nose well above line 2, extend the triangle so the tip touches the nose.
Why do all faces I draw always looks dumb? Does it mean I need more practice?
Draw a circle and then make a line through the center vertically and horizontally. Try to keep your construction lines as light as possible. If you can’t draw a good circle, don’t worry! Trace a round object such as a cup or a roll of duct tape.
The Center Line and Line 2 mark the general boundaries for each ear.
Add lines to determine the center of the face and the position of the eyes.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with drawing dis-proportioned faces. Stretch your imagination and just have fun with it!
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Take a look at the different faces I made below using rough measurements!
When I try to draw the eyebrows, it always ends up looking like a black line. I want it to look more realistic, but how?
For females, I like to draw a narrow face with a narrow jaw. For the chin, taper your lines in so the chin is more narrow compared to the male.
Same thing here – draw a circle with a line going through the center vertically and horizontally.
Sketch lines to define the shape of the cheeks, jaw and chin.
Drawing a face can take many years of practice to perfect. It can be helpful to watch someone draw a face, so look for tutorial videos on the Internet. You can also take a drawing class to learn what mistakes you may be making.
I have been practicing for a year but want further improvement. Any tips?
Find a small object that fits the eyes (or use a coin). If there is nothing that is the right shape, find a string, then attach it to a pencil or ballpen (depending on what you are using). Hold it to the middle of the picture, then draw, using the tension of the string to keep even and exact.
As with most things in drawing though, plenty of practice will improve this aspect for you, and don’t forget that there is an optical illusion for the human eyes when looking at two similar objects side by side––one will look slightly smaller or larger.
Let’s draw the nose within these boundaries. For a medium length nose, draw it above the nose line.
We’ll need some boundary lines for the lips as well. Draw a boundary line coming down from the center of each eye and stopping at the line labelled “lips”.
Add the eyes. Draw two big circular balls to make out the eyes across the central horizontal line. These will form the eye sockets. The top of this circle is where the eyebrow is and at the bottom is where the cheekbone sits.
Draw the eyebrows along the top. You then need to work on the shape of the eyes. Eyes are almond shaped, so bear this in mind as you sketch them (eyes come in every size and shape, so feel it out). As a rule of thumb, the distance between the two eyes is the width of another eye.
Inside the iris, the color inside the center of the eye, draw the pupil, which is the darkest bit of the eye. Fill most of it in black and leave a little white. With your pencil flat, use a bit of shading for the base.
Shade variant from medium and light in the iris, using tightly spaced short lines from the edge of the pupil to the white of the eye. Draw lighter in some areas to give it a nice effect. Draw eyebrows above.
Now rub out the guidelines below the eye. Next, draw the top of the eyelid over the top of the almond. The base of the eyelid comes down over the top of the iris and covers the top of it slightly.
If you have an electric eraser, use it to quickly get rid of all the guidelines that run through your drawing. You can clean up certain dark spots or tight spaces with a kneaded eraser.
Sketch lines to define how wide, tall, and the placement of the eyes, nose, mouth and ears.
Draw a line at the middle starting from the top and ending where the chin would be. (This line determines that the face is facing towards you).
Ruler Method: Make a ruler beside your drawing that is the same height. The ruler should be marked so there are 8 equal spaces. Always start with the center line. Draw faint lines through the face on the markings labelled CENTER LINE, 2, 3, A, and C. As you get used to this, you won’t need to draw the ruler on the side.
To find out where to draw the chin, use your ruler or pencil and finger to measure half of the circle’s diameter (from the bottom of the circle to the horizontal line), then transfer your measurement to the bottom of the circle and draw a line for the chin.
Create your boundary lines coming down from the center of each eye.
Sketch the shape and appearance of the eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and eyebrows.
Through this fun exercise, you will be able to draw faces faster with little effort, identify proportional errors when you revisit old drawings, identify what makes certain faces look more realistic than others, be able to draw cartoons, caricatures and more.
Add the hair. Make sure that you draw the hair from the parting outwards.
Add the details. Add a bit of shading under the nose and accentuate the chin. Put expression lines around the mouth, and shading in the corners. Then outline the ridge of the nose. The more prominent you make these features, the “older” your face will look.
Note: Remember to use a blunt HB pencil for these steps. I used a 4B so you can clearly see what I’m doing. Remember, the darker you go and the harder you press, the more difficult it will be to erase your under-layers/guidelines.
I noticed that when drawing males with thick outlines around the mouth, they turn out looking more feminine. You can lighten the outlines to make a pair of lips look more masculine.
Once that’s complete, draw the rest of the hair. To give his hair more volume, draw your outlines further away from the head, but make sure the distance is somewhat consistent or else the head shape may look unrealistic.
Super SIMPLE Method: If it’s still a little confusing, check out my simple method here. It’s also paired with a video so you can see how I do it!
Again, draw a set of boundary lines coming down from the inner corner of each eye. Draw your nose a little higher than the ‘nose line’ for a medium length nose.
Draw a large circle and make a horizontal line below it for the chin. Then sketch the jawline. Draw a vertical line down the center of the face and make sure both sides of the face are symmetrical.
Draw Various Female Faces The original face looked sad. When I made her eyes wider, her sadness disappeared instantly! I didn’t even need to change the eyebrows. And then I changed her lips and lowered her nose.
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Be mindful that the nose and hair DO cast shadows, and the face isn’t flat but round.
Gum erasers and plastic erasers are are good choices for artists, available online or from almost any art store. Kneaded erasers are a little more difficult to store and work with, but they’re great if you sketch with charcoal as well as pencil.
You can find some of these in “pencil” form which you can sharpen to a fine ponit, so you can erase fine details.
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Once you finished the hairline, draw the rest of the hair. For a super detailed tutorial on drawing hair, visit this tutorial.
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This beginners’ step by step tutorial is for a basic male face. The proportions are different for females.
Yes, you need to practice. Faces are complicated to draw, especially realistic ones. It can take a long time before the faces you draw look really good.
Add dividing lines. The easiest way to start is to use dividing lines to map out the proportions of the face. Firstly, draw a line down the center of the oval. Then cut the oval in half again, this time horizontally.
Here’s a quick and easy method for beginners to draw male and female faces. In this tutorial, I’ll draw 2 basic faces and then I’ll demonstrate how some easy modifications can affect the overall look of the face.
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Females tend to have softer, more rounded hairlines compared to males. Draw a smooth line around the forehead without making many sharp angles. Make sure to keep your lines fairly light as well.
Where can I find rubbers (erasers) that are good for drawing?
Extend the 2 lines where the inner corners of each eye are located. These guidelines will determine the nose’s width. Now that we have a box, it’s time to draw the nose. Click here to see my nose tutorial! Start with a circle, resting it anywhere between line 1 and 2. You can give your male character a more chiseled appearance by drawing the nose using very angular shapes.
You can keep your construction lines to aid in the process or erase them and use the faint lines from your erased features to draw a slightly different one.
HB pencil Kneaded Eraser (for lifting graphite in layers) Plastic Eraser (for erasing things completely) Canson Sketch Paper
For a medium length mouth, draw it well within the boundary lines. Rest the bottom lip on the line labelled “lips”.
My face always look like a mad scientist that recently did an experiment wrong. How do I Fix this?
Brown or maybe peach but it’s better if you mix it up. Brown at the side of the face, then peach inside.
On the face, mark the center line with 4 ticks spread equally apart. The eyes will sit roughly on this line. Don’t be afraid to move slightly above or below the line, since eyes are usually slanted. If you want to draw more mysterious manly eyes, click here.
Example: If the widest part of the head is 6cm, divide it by 5 to get 1.2cm. Then split the head into sections of 1.2cm each.
To draw a face, start by sketching an oval and dividing it in half both horizontally and vertically with straight lines. Next, divide the lower half of the oval into quarters using horizontal lines. Once you’ve divided up the face, sketch the eyes on the horizontal line running through the middle of the oval. Then, draw the nose and lips so they’re sitting on top of the horizontal lines at the bottom of the oval.
Draw the cheeks and jawline by connecting chin to the circle. Don’t forget to keep your lines light. We’re going to give the face more definition later. The lighter your lines are, the easier it will be to erase and make changes.
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Finally, give him a thick neck and add the shoulders as well.
Extend the nose’s bridge past the eyelids to define the brow bone (this step is optional). These lines should be very light! Using a 4B pencil, draw the eyebrows along the brow bone. Facial features that can accentuate masculinity are thick bushy eyebrows!
What is the easiest way to make things even? One eye is always bigger than the other!
Drawing on a grid is one way to keep the proportions of the photograph and catch all the details. It is certainly possible to sketch the photograph straight onto the paper, but this takes practice more than anything else.
Draw your triangle directly below the nose and resting on the line labelled “lips”.
Make a light outline of a face. Heads are never circular, they are oval shaped, like an egg. So sketch an oval outline that tapers down at the bottom.
Drawing narrow eyes can make a face look more chill and relaxed. The more visible the iris is, the more alert, intense, surprised, innocent or even angry the face will look. Sharper, broader angles can make him look stronger, more masculine Try different eye shapes too.
I tried to make him look southeast asian by turning his eyes up at the ends, making the tip of the nose less pointy and giving him a pair of well defined lips. Try to turn your character from a man into a boy by simply making his jawline narrower and smoother so his bones look less developed.
See if you can age him by adding different types of facial hair too!
Draw the hairline by creating a very angular shape that is well defined.
I erased the construction lines to show you his face without obtructions. You can keep these construction lines to aid you at the end of this tutorial when we swap out facial features to transform our characters!
Through the center of the head, draw a vertical and horizontal line.
There are 2 ways to do this step: Ruler or no ruler. I highly recommend using the ruler method for the first couple of faces you draw. Why? Because doing this step without it can throw your proportions off like crazy. Especially if you have trouble locating the ‘center’ of an object with your eyes. The no ruler method requires you to split multiple sections of the face in half and then in half again.
Learn How to Draw a Realistic Face Step 1: Start with a circle
Draw the upper hairline somewhere in between line A and B. It’s up to you how large you want the forehead to be. To draw a receding hairline, go above line A. When you’re drawing a man’s face, bring in hair from the sides of the head to create a solid and visible looking hairline.
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Measure half the circle’s diameter and add it to the bottom to get the chin, except THIS time, draw the chin slightly shorter.
Draw the cheeks, jawline and chin using smooth lines. A square chin can make your drawing look a lot more masculine (not that there’s anything wrong with that!).
One the line labelled eyes, split the head into 5 equal sections while taking the full width of the head into account.
HB Pencil Ruler Sakura Electronic Eraser Kneaded Eraser Canson Recycled Sketch Paper
As always, you don’t need to stick to the exact guidelines above. Learn how to draw heads using the basic guidelines and then mix and match facial features and face proportions.
I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial on how to draw a face for beginners and found it easy to follow. If you have any questions or requests, leave it in the comments below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
Shading under the eyes. Now, add a little shading underneath the eye and where the eye meets the nose to define the socket. For a tired look, add shading and swooped lines at a more acute angle to the bottom eyelid.
It’s totally your choice, a pencil is recommended because you can erase if you make a mistake instead of having to start all over.
Advanced MLA Style Citation for this source: Rubenstein, Ben, et al. “3 Ways to Draw a Face.” Wikihow. Ed. Emma and John. By Jack Herrick. Jack Herrick, 15 Jan. 2005. Web. 25 Nov. 2014.
Important: Before we move onto the next step, erase the horizontal line inside of the circle.
You may want to draw clothes using a style such as cross hatching.
Draw a triangle directly under (touching) the nose and ending on the “lip” line.
This is the most fun part of creating this tutorial! Once you’ve created a face, you can easily change the features to test out different looks: hairstyles, lips, nose lengths, eye shapes, etc… The possibilities are endless and it’s also a great way to learn how each facial feature impacts a character’s emotions.
On the line labelled eyes, split the face into 5 equal sections. Make sure you take the entire width of the head into account.
Learn to draw unique faces by experimenting with various eye shapes, eyebrow angles, nose lengths/widths, etc… Grab a piece of paper and draw as many faces as possible!
Move your features around, make them bigger, smaller, longer, shorter or place them further apart. The possibilities are endless!
Add the mouth. Divide the bottom quarter in half again. The bottom of the lips will rest on the dividing line you have just drawn. Draw a line for where the lips meet and then draw the top lip. Now fill in the bottom of the lip.
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Some lines should be stronger than others, like the locks of hair or the silhouette of the face. But always start with light lines so, if you make a mistake, you can erase it easily without too much trouble.
When you are finished, you should outline it in pencil along with any other lines you want to stand out, like the outline of the eyes and strands of hair and the pupils of the eyes and the mouth.
Learn how to draw lips using my triangle method: blog version, video version
Many RFA readers have requested me to write a tutorial on how to draw faces, so here it is!
For a more feminine face, draw a narrow nose using soft lines that are not too angular/sharp. For the nose-bridge, draw a smooth curve that’s not too dark.
Erase the horizontal line inside of the circle and then draw a line going through the center of the head vertically and horizontally.
Draw the neck. Necks are thicker than you imagine. Draw two lines coming down from roughly where the bottom horizontal line meets the edges of the face.