A lot of people find drawing Anime challenging. When I first embarked on my drawing journey, it took me quite some time to learn and master the art of drawing anime. Drawing a simple Anime Girl face can be particularly challenging due to the various styles involved. In my previous post, I discussed how to draw 90s style Anime. If you haven’t read it yet, make sure to check it out for some valuable insights.
In this article, I will guide you through the process of drawing an anime face (girl) in a 3/4th view. Contrary to what you might think, it’s not as difficult as it seems. So, let’s get started with the basics.
Tools I’m Using for Drawing 90s-style Anime
For my current drawings, I’m using:
- An iPad Pro (12.9 inches)
- An Apple Pencil (2nd generation)
I’m also utilizing the Procreate software, which requires a one-time fee of $10. If you’re interested in learning more about using Procreate, I highly recommend checking out this fantastic online course that provides comprehensive guidance.
Whether you’re drawing with pencils, fine markers, or digitally like me, the tools you use don’t matter much because the technique remains the same.
How to Draw an Anime Face (Girl) – Step-by-Step Easy Tutorial for Beginners
If you’re working on digital art, remember to keep your lineart on one layer and use it as a reference layer. Likewise, keep each color on a new layer to allow easy manipulation of specific layers without affecting the others. Make sure these color layers are underneath the reference layer to prevent interference with the outline. This arrangement will enable you to easily drag and drop colors when an area or section is completely closed off by lineart.
Step 1: Draw the Head and Face
To begin, let’s start with a circle. The circle serves as a rough guide, making it easier to draw the head. Don’t worry if the circle isn’t perfect; it’s meant to be a template. Now, using the circle as a guide, draw the head shape and add the ear. Next, proceed to draw the eyebrows and add some details to the eyelashes. Draw the upper and lower lash lines, making the upper lash line thicker. Then, draw the iris and pupil inside the eyes, keeping the lines unfinished to avoid excessive detail. If you’re interested in additional resources to aid your anime drawing journey, there are books available specifically dedicated to this subject. Finally, draw the nose and mouth. Anime girls typically have small noses and mouths, so draw them accordingly.
Step 2: Draw the Hair (and Other Details)
Next, we’ll move on to drawing the hair. Start by sketching some bangs, and then gradually work on the rest of the hair. It’s recommended to draw the hair on a separate layer to easily erase any overlapping lines later. You can experiment with different hairstyles, and with practice, your hair-drawing skills will improve. Remember to draw multiple strands to add detail and texture to the hair.
Step 3: Color the Anime Drawing
Now, erase all the overlapping lines. If you’re interested in exploring a variety of hairstyles for your character, check out my other hair tutorials. The options for anime hairstyles are endless, and you can even find books that specifically cover drawing anime hair. Once the lines are cleaned up, you can start coloring the illustration. Begin by coloring the skin and adding some blush to the character’s cheeks on a layer beneath the outline. Then, color the irises in any color you desire. Darken the top part of the eyes with a slightly darker color for added depth. Proceed to color the hair, incorporating different shades to enhance texture. Finally, add highlights to various sections of the hair and cheeks. Vary the opacity of the highlights for a mild transparent effect.
Congratulations! You’ve successfully learned how to draw an anime face (female).
Drawing anime characters requires practice, and it’s normal for your drawings to not look perfect at first. Don’t get discouraged; keep drawing more characters and experiment with different hairstyles and clothing to familiarize yourself with drawing diverse characters. Practice drawing anime characters from different angles, such as 3/4th view, side view, and back view, as this will help you improve faster. Additionally, there are books available to assist you in drawing anime more easily. If you’re interested in developing your own art style for drawing cartoons, I have a post dedicated to finding your art style that you might find helpful. To make things even easier, consider utilizing the Character Drawing Toolkit.
If you’d like more tutorials on hair and people, feel free to leave a comment below. You can also check out my other posts on drawing for additional resources. Keep an eye out for future drawing tutorials on this blog!
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