How to Draw a Manga Face (Side View)

August 30, 2010

In my opinion, drawing faces from the side is the most difficult of all views.  The nose, lips and chin are tricky to draw from the side, so watch the video, then review the key points to remember at the end.

Key Points to Remember:

1:  Start drawing at the forehead.  This is the easiest way to get the features ligned up.  Then move on to the nose, then the lips, then the chin.

2:  When drawing the nose, make the bridge of the nose longer than the underside of the nose for a more realistic style, or make the bridge the same size as the underside for a more cartoony style.

3:  The lips don’t have to be visible, but it’s commonly visible in more realistic styles of manga.  This is also true for the nostril.

4:  The top of the ear is at the same height as the top of the eye.

5:  The eye is located where the forehead meets the nose.  The iris and pupil are on the side of the eye (the whites of the eye are only seen on one side of the eye, and the iris and pupil are on the other side).

6:  The eyebrow is located where the forehead sticks out the most.

If you didn’t draw along with the video, get out your art supplies now and try drawing a manga face from the side view!

2 Responses to “How to Draw a Manga Face (Side View)”

  1. Ah, I love your eye in this one. xP =3
    This was definitely helpful! ^_^

  2. thank you! (in place of zkittyz haha)