Tutorial Drawing the Head Part 2 Animemanga Style

This is part 2 of my "Drawing the Head" series (Anime/Manga Style)


1. Based on the previous tutorial, let's start with a circle.

Figure 1

Note: always draw these lines lightly so you will be able to erase them easily later on. Remember, these are guide lines or reference lines, which should not appear on your finished drawing.

2. Draw the face lines and chin

Figure 2

  • You can erase the part op the circle inside the head shape after drawing the jaw and chin.
  • The horizontal face line must be positioned where you want the eyes to be, it can be placed in the middle of the head or lower or higher depending on your preference.
  • The main shape of the head is also entirely your decision, you can do different head types by changing the jaw and chin shape

3. Setting facial measurements

> set your character's face measurements using guidelines to determine the following details:

Figure 3

Artist's comment:

I noticed that some "how to draw" books would fail to indicate using guidelines when designing or drawing the face, which is why I included them here. The only time you might want to skip this process would be if you already know how the eyes would look like no matter what angle the head may be. If not, this step is very useful to help you establish your character's facial characteristics, and make your drawing life easier when drawing those angled views.

Figure 4

> Additional guidelines will help you determine where to place the end of the nose, and the mouth area. You may use another one for setting the height of the eyebrows.

Again, please keep in mind to draw lightly to easily erase these lines later during your drawing process.


> Forgive the long explanations but it's better to be thorough than to leave a lot of questions later.

Why do you have to learn visualizing the face in different angles? You ask.

I've shown you guidelines for designing the character's head and face, beginning with the front view. That's the easy part.

Now trying to draw a face with the head turned to the side, looking from above or underneath can be hell to some (if not most) people learning to draw the human head.

Don't fret; I’ve simplified my drawings to make it easier for to follow. The tutorial in this page will help you visualize how the details of the face changes as it is viewed from different angles. So I hope you can find this useful.


1. Draw the face of your character on a piece of paper.

Figure 5

Note: you can choose not to draw the lines of the head shape; you will only need the drawing of the face.

2. Wrap it

Figure 6

> Find a small can, paper, tube, or bottle (whichever is available) that is small enough for the face of your character to occupy almost half of the cylinder.

Wrap or tape it in place.

3. View your work.

Figure 7

> You now have a guide to help you visualize how your character's face would look like if the head turns in different angles.

> use the can to help you draw those harp difficult angles.

> drawing a face in another angle will take some time to get used to, but it will be worth it.

Figure 8

Don't forget, draw those guidelines lightly and keep a soft eraser handy to prevent damaging your paper, should you erase a lot.


Add a comment

0 answers +0 votes
Post comment Cancel
Dexter Buenaluz
This comment has 0 votes  by
Posted on Feb 2, 2010
Kaleidoscope Acres
This comment has 0 votes  by
Posted on Feb 2, 2010