Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 1,798,375 times.
Drawings often do not come out perfect the first time. Remember to have patience with yourself and never stop. Make sure you have a sharpened pencil. A dull pencil is really hard to draw with and makes your pictures look very messy.
Make sure to take small breaks here and there so your hands do not get sweaty and you have proper grip towards the pencil as well as clean and visible face features!
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.
Draw an oval slightly wider at the top than bottom. Lightly sketch a vertical line down the center, then draw a horizontal line halfway between the top and bottom of the oval. This line will give you the eye placement.
Divide the remaining space below in half and make a line there. This will be for the base of the average-length nose. Divide the space below that into thirds. The mouth will be at the top of those thirds; the rest will be the chin.
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.
Concentrate on every detail because the smallest ones can make a difference. Always try to focus on your pencil tip; it should be sharpened. You must draw figures with light hands in order to erase unwanted marks.
As you know the old saying practice makes perfect Sketch lightly on the first outline. Don’t give up, but accept criticism. It will make you better. Keep in mind the expression of the person for whom you are sketching.
If you don’t get it right, try again. If you end up wanting to rip your paper, take a break to blow off some steam. Make daily rough sketches of people you see in media or on the streets. Add different tones and shades to show different parts of the face.
Keep in mind the small details like freckles and beauty spots and make sure it looks like the person. You won’t get it right the first time so be careful and don’t press too hard. If you get frustrated with your picture, walk away from it for a while, then try again.
Practice getting the proportions right, since they are very important in achieving realism. You can’t move on to more detailed work, if you’re still drawing the eyes on the forehead. Even for cartoon people or humanoid characters it is important to remember some basic proportion, in achieving a unique, but believable character.
Draw lightly and freely. If you focus on perfecting the drawing and draw harshly and stiffly, you drawings will come out unnatural and geometric. make light lines so you can rub them easily, and you paper won’t get smudgy.
On the middle horizontal line, draw two almond shapes – these are the eyes. On an anatomically correct face, five eyes fit across the span of the face, with the length of an eye fitting in between the two that will be drawn.
Starting from the left, the eyes we want are the second and fourth. The inner corner of most eyes tilts down; the outer corner can tilt up or down, depending. For our purposes, that outside corner should tilt up a bit, so that the line that describes the bottom lid looks like a very slight “s” shape on its side.
How does a person smile affect the eyes? I don’t understand how to draw that.
How do you make it look as though the face is slightly angled down, but looking up at the ‘camera’?
Just do the same thing, but instead of eyebrows, put the rounds of glasses, and on top of the ears continue the rest of the glasses, erasing unnecessary lines.
Emotions are easy to create once you have mastered drawing the basic features of a human face. The eyes, position of eyebrows and the mouth can be modified and experimented with to crate expressions. For better results, try emulating the expressions in comic cartoons and then modifying them in the above styles suggested in the article.
Under the chin and maybe around the nose. Say you have the sun on the left side of a paper, shade the right side of the face and under the chin until you see fit.
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.
Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered.
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.
Finish with the neck. The neck is thicker than we like to think. The sides start at the top of the jaw line and go down on a curve.
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.
Make lots of short lines to make the small hairs an the head repeat until you are happy with it.
How do I make my drawing look more like a fully grown adult female?
Adding wrinkles around the mouth and eyes will make them older. You could also try making the features bigger and using mature hairstyles (like avoiding pigtails).
The Center Line and Line 2 mark the general boundaries for each ear.
Click here for my in-depth tutorial on how to draw eyebrows!
Add a mouth. Make a flat, rounded “V” shape that is dips below the lowest line. That will be the bottom of the lower lip. Join that smile line with a wide, soft “M” shape—the top of the upper lip. Draw a very soft “m” shape between the two, which defines the separation of the lips, and the lip ratio.
Moving the mouth up or down, and making the top and bottom lips with different proportions will help vary the look of the face you’re drawing.
How to draw realistic eyes How to draw a Portrait How to draw a Ballerina How to draw a Human full-length How to draw Manga Eyes How to draw human lips
Awesome picture! Tell us more about it? Click here to share your story.
Home Learn How to Draw Learn how to draw a face in 8 easy steps: Beginners
The contours of the face. Draw the initial outline of facial features, placing them on the lines. Draw outline of the Eyes, mouth, and Nose. Draw a vertical line from the middle of each contour of the eyes. These two lines indicate the placement of the corners of the mouth on the face.
Tracing Paper, or a Tracing Box. If you don’t have one, you can put a light under a glass table.
The basics of building a human face. Draw a horizontal line just above the lower half of the face. On this line there will be nasal bridge and eyes. Then draw three horizontal lines. Draw first line for the top of the eyes and second line for middle of the eyes. Third line will signify the tip of the nose and the beginning of upper lip. Within these tentative lines, we will draw out each part of the face one by one.
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.
Women generally have slightly bigger eyes, thinner lips, a shorter nose, and well-defined eyebrows. Try including some of these features while drawing. You can also add darker lashes. Lastly, try using more curves while drawing female faces, and more angles while drawing male faces,
Go back up to the top horizontal line. On either side of this, draw ears. Notice that the ears stick out wider at the top and then come in near the lobes. Some lobes are attached and some are loose. Ears are pretty complicated to draw – keep them simple at first until you get an idea of their construction.
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!
Since the earliest times, humans have spent a great deal of time trying to capture the essence of the human face. This can be enjoyable, but it’s better if you know how. While our bodies add dynamism to artworks, the face is filled with expression—the very soul of our being. Learning to bring that out starts with learning how to draw a basic human face. Where you take it next will be in your charcoal- or paint-stained fingers.
You can draw a football shape, so it’s more even. You can also use a drawing device or outline an object.
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.
By using this service, some information may be shared with YouTube.
Learn How to Draw a Realistic Face Step 1: Start with a circle
Look at yourself in the mirror. Many professionals have models to draw, you can use yourself as a model in a mirror.
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.
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!
This beginners’ step by step tutorial is for a basic male face. The proportions are different for females.
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!
If you love RapidFireArt tutorials and want to support what I do, check out my Patreon page where you can support RFA and earn cool rewards at the same time!
Paper, pencil and eraser – preferably a grey kneaded eraser.
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.
Drawing the hair. Hair is hard to draw, but start off with lines (remember, this is line drawing). Is the hair straight? Parallel lines curving around the head. Is the hair curly? Curved lines. Notice how curly hair breaks into clumps composed of parallel strands.
Español: dibujar rostros humanos, Português: Desenhar Rostos Humanos, Nederlands: Menselijke gezichten tekenen, Français: dessiner des visages humains, Italiano: Disegnare un Volto Umano, Русский: рисовать человеческие лица, Deutsch: Menschliche Gesichter zeichnen, 中文: 画人脸, Čeština: Jak nakreslit obličej, Bahasa Indonesia: Menggambar Wajah Manusia, العربية: رسم الوجوه الآدمية, ไทย: วาดใบหน้าคน, 日本語: 人の顔を描く, Tiếng Việt: Vẽ mặt người
A reference image is helpful if you are not drawing from a model.
As a beginner, realize that it is possible to create beautiful and stunning face with a standard #2 pencil and eraser. However, realize different types of pencils can help to accentuate your art by creating finer detail and contrast.
Face is the most expressive part of the body. It can be challenging to portray facial expressions on paper. Therefore, it is best follow a step-by-step method, as described in this tutorial.
Many RFA readers have requested me to write a tutorial on how to draw faces, so here it is!
Click the following link and hit the download button beside the printer icon to download the PDF: RapidFireArt Tutorials – How to Draw a Face in 8 Steps
Drawing a Human Face. Final step. Shadows give face volume and enliven it. For a more realistic human face, you can add a mole, but this is optional.
It depends on what type of nose it is. For example, you could draw the top of the nose a bit wider, and space the bottom out a bit.
Make facial features more accurate. Draw the outline of the hair, eyebrows, and ears. The tips of the ears should be slightly above the eye line. Use the pencil gently, without pressing on it.
Different types of pencils; Light, Moderate, Heavy, Shading, etc. Go to any art supply shop and ask for HB, 2B & 6B pencils. These three should be good for any sketches that you want to make
Down the center line, draw a nose. The nose is narrowest between the eyes and widest at the nostrils. Notice how the tip turns under. Everyone’s nose is unique, and if you are doing a portrait, capturing someone’s nose exactly will give your drawing more authority.
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.
Add a collar or neckline of some sort. You can add a shirt, jacket, turtleneck—even nothing at all. The type of clothing you add will give your drawing some sense of time and place.
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.
Take a look at the different faces I made below using rough measurements!
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.
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.
HB Pencil Ruler Sakura Electronic Eraser Kneaded Eraser Canson Recycled Sketch Paper
How can I draw a person face exactly without seeing them? That person has prominent nose full lips small eyes
How can I distinguish female faces from other faces when drawing?
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.
Create facial volume. Apply thin and soft strokes when drawing your face and hair. To accentuate facial contours, use fine strokes to shade in parts of the face where the light might not hit the face directly. Create shadows with a thicker and darker tint in several layers. Use even finer strokes in place where the light might fall. Next draw the curls in the hair.
Draw a soft v shape for the tip, making sure you have enough room for the nostrils. Make two small circles on the sides of the tip. Erase uneccessary lines. You should also take note that nostrils are a bit more like the upper half of a circle around your tip.