Step by Step: Drawing Cute Anime Girl Face104

Step by Step: How To Draw Anime Girl Face

Anime has rising up recently, the adorable and expressive anime face has its magic to our eyes. now for you who are still learning how to draw and really interested in making anime character, I’ll give you basic anime face tutorial. OK, stop the talking and start the walking.

Since the anime face are the most expressive part of anime character, you need to pay extra attention on how they drawn.

We’ll start with the most popular anime eyes, the large anime female eyes.

The Eyes

Please remember to took the references from real eyes instead of manga eyes only. Just like this eye image bellow.


Start with upward curve line, and you also need to make it more thick.


Next, draw lower curve line, it supposed to shorter and more thin than the upper curve line. Add the eye lid at the left of upper curve line to make it more realistic.


Draw an oval shape within the upper and lower curve line.


Next, draw the pupil in the center of oval shape.


Add the shadow inside the eyeball.


And finally, add highlight at the upper and lower eyeball, please remember that the highlight determined where the light source came from. In this case the light source came from right side.


Other Face features

The nose was rarely drawn in anime, occasionally the nose represented by the wedge, shadow and nostrils. You can simplify it by just drawing wedge to represent the nose.


The lips occasionally defined by 3 line, upper short line, middle line and shorter curve line for the lower lip. In the case of women lip, the middle line often defined by “v” shape line. You even can simplify it by removing the lower and upper lip, and leaving the middle lines.


The ears in anime occasionally drawn with lobe directly attached and simple helix. for the simplified version, the helix removed and only leaving simple curve line.


Face Shape

For the beginning, draw a circle. You don’t have to make it perfect circle, a round look shape would do fine.


Draw a cross along your character face, this line will act as guideline to the character facial features.


Divide the half of horizontal guideline into two. It would guide you, where you gonna put the character eyeballs.


Also remember that the distance between eyes are equal with one eye. Too close or too wide will make your character looks like a weirdo.


Add the nose and lips, always refer to the guide line.


Add the eyeball, pupil and the ears. Remember that the ears are parallel with the eyes.


Add the eyebrows and the hair and Viola! You are done!


I will cover how to draw hair in the next tutorial. I hope you are enjoying my tutorial, subscribe to our RSS feed for the next manga tutorial.

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  • http://sandclow.blogspot.com sandclow

    i am waiting another tutorial

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  • busy holandia

    Thanks for sharing, please keep us posting about this info. I’d like to read it more.

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  • Zeppy

    i like this. it helps a lot! thanks ^.~ whats the link to the other hair tutorial? have you gotten it yet?

    • http://kuyachan.deviantart.com Nika Trie

      your welcome. btw for hair tutorial please check here :)

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    I’m amazed of quality your blog has, kepp writing interesting articles

    • http://kuyachan.deviantart.com Nika Trie

      thx for visiting our blog, just wait for our further articles :)

  • http://- teo hui ping

    thank you for ur tutorial,i am looking forward to ur next one!

  • http://- teo hui ping

    thanks but may i ask wat/which pencil were included and how i draw the line properly,eyes,the line i could not draw properly using normal mechanical

    • http://kuyachan.deviantart.com Nika Trie

      hi, teo hui ping, thx for visiting our blog page. btw for sketching i use fabercastle 2B pencil, both ordinary pencil or mechanical pencil. but off course it depend on your preference , ordinary pencil would fit enough for making base shapes, and mechanical for the details. in order to draw properly, try to draw freely with confident and avoid erasing too much, if you feel the work look messy, you can use blue pencil for basic shape.

  • http://yahoo megumi

    thanks it really helps me a lot…I’m still waiting to the next article.

    • Brenda Lynn

      I can’t wait either!!!

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  • http://yahoo shinhye yang

    oh! i like it,it always inspires me…thank you and I’m waiting till the next one!!!

  • Brenda Lynn

    This absolutly fabulouse!! It’s very helpful also! I learned alot from this… thank you so much

  • maggie smith

    thank you this helped alot!;)

  • Jonahleetrinidad

    tnx i learn now how to draw!!! :) (:

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  • michelle

    amazing..i love it..

  • H A Zaghari

    tnx so much :D

  • Brenda_figueroa1999

    My came out wird but yours did not!!

  • Bluedogrocks

    It’s realyl cool but i tired for hours to draw it and it never came close

    • http://ncus.me ncus

      Keep practicing :-)

    • Hannah

      heyy at least u tried thats all that matters and hell ya i suck balls at this but u know wat it doesn’t matter cuz i luv drawin and thats the way this is goin to be

  • Gbradsh

    It’s a nice tut’ dude, I look forward to your next one.
    (For those having trouble, don’t expect to get it perfect / right first time round. :) )

    • 1rika

      I didn’t get it perfect in my first time but from me trying to copy and learn from my sister’s drawings I got this on my second time by practicing a lot from my sister SO I agree. :P
      plus I think it counted like my first. I guess my practice really did pay off. :D
      if someone is having trouble and is reading this I say PRACTICE.
      plus that was a great practice! I love it because practicing it from my sister was hard!
      This one is easy I recommend it.

  • Daniellamarizgarcia

    I learn alot.. Thanksss

  • samantha

    thnx now i can finally learn how to draw!!!!!:)

  • You don’t need to know

    This helped HEAPS! Thnx 4 your time! We all appreciate it!

  • Bubble_butt98

    that is a bad example im sprry but i have had way better if u have an ipod touch get the app called paigeedraw it is way better drawings and way better lessons but i reccomend u go to yhis site on how tp draw the head though cuzz that was a good lesson

  • Ehundsdorfer

    a small thing is the order that it is in. I would do the face shape first.

  • no name

    thanks so much!!! the eyes were really hard to draw!

  • Teresa

    Wow I can draw soooooooo better then that how old are you any ways I’m 19

    • Emily

      dude. this is basic stuff and for younger kids. Some people older than you seriously suck. And yea, I’m 14 and can draw a hell of a lot better too.

    • chibigirl

      oh my god who cares its just a little tutorial and if you can draw so much damn better why did you bother looking at this?

      • Cutemute147

        If you think this is a easy drawing then why’d you bother going on it? Keep your thoughts to yourself, some people might be younger than you or less good at art.

      • Anonymous

        chibigirl is right…
        JUST KIDDING….!

      • animeghost1

        I think she checked it out cause she was trying to confirm that her drawing methods are done properly. Well that’s why i’m here..

        I don’t see why someone has to rub it in ones face if they can draw better though.

        Excellent tutorial btw

      • animeghost1

        I think she checked it out cause she was trying to confirm that her drawing methods are done properly. Well that’s why i’m here..

        I don’t see why someone has to rub it in ones face if they can draw better though.

        Excellent tutorial btw

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/7ZJXPKP6HONOOHMHJN426YJTII Kitty Cat

      okay and? if u dnt have anything else to say then get off y u up here?? obviously u dnt know how to draw if ur lookin it up -.-

    • Freya Jarrett

       Dude i’m 12 and I can draw better animals than a girl three years older than me, but I’m here because I’m not so good at anime and i’m learning so

      • Morgan Franklin

        i can draw anime animals but not people i suck at drawing people :( I’m 13 :D

  • Someing

    teresa thats not nice 

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    Thsi is realyl cool

  • Tessiec1999

    Now only if I knew how to dra the body ;) I only wish that it had more facial features like how to draw the hair and stuff but I liked it! The eyes were the thing I couldn’t draw but now I know ;) thank you!! :D

  • Shortsistamia

    Thank you very much this helped alot!!! :)

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  • Pokemonrule123123

    dude im just 9 but my mom sazid i darw good im an artist in the house XD my cousin cant draw like me dude lolz

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  • Servant

    KOOOOL!!!!! Thanks! This makes it SOOOOO easy! GB!

  • Unidentifiable Gurl

    This is SOOO good! I failed the first time but im better now! Thank you soo much – please keep drawing!!

  • Cyanicz

    Wow, thank you! This tutorial is one of the few that actually helps!

  • KimmyXP

    Thank you so much! I did such a great job and she looks like a real anime girl!!

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  • Anonymous

    Now i Know how to draw a face and two eyes! 
    I like it !!! ♥

  • Anonymous

    i have a quotes, before i comment : 
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    WITH TIME…….
    COMMENT: this is awesome drawings i like this!!!!!!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001016268885 Elise Faulkner

    Thanks this helped so much(: 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001238425877 Farrah Honeyzah Anthony Santos

    tq, now i know how to draw even better!!

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ML3CU4KXMZCXHX3J63QSSMRGBI Gabby

    I’m so glad i can draw an cute anime.

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  • sparky212

    i dont kare about this shit

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003282603226 Leyian Atip

    mahirap rin to pero its nice

  • Morgan Franklin

    this really helpped thanx :D but i just cant get the hair to look right :L x

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001793432528 Maram Ahmed

    thank you so much !! :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/sophialouisse.eguaras Sophia Louisse Eguaras

    awsome it’s so nice thank you for teaching me how to draw…. I really love it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/yoko.kurama3 Yoko Kurama

    Hello, I am just starting to learn how to draw personal, and I have found this quite helpful. But there is something that is bugging me about it. Don’t even know if the person who put this up checks it or anything, and given how long ago it was put up I would not be suprised if they do not. But I will say it anyways.

    I am very much new to trying to draw, and have a long way to go before I would even think of myself as any good. But I follow the thing step by step, I was trying to learn to get face shapes right. But my face came out looking… well elongated, And when I Was watching .gif part of the last one I took note of something, After the area for the cheeks and chin is done and it switches to the one about where to place the eyes, the whole drawing gets shorter, measuring it with my mouse it shortens up by more than the entire length of the mouse, and it’s not just being off center compared to the rest of the ones, because the bottom part does not move.

    When the hair is added in at the last one it’s over the length of the mouse, I understand the hair will be higher than the original circle was but why is there nothing telling about having shortened the drawing, I can’t help but fell that’s why my face looks so much longer than the finished picture.

    I looked though all the comments and saw no one say anything about this. And don’t get me wrong here, I am very thankful for the help this has given me in learning to draw, it helped a good bit. However I can’t help but fell something was left out that if told would have helped and I would have been able to match the face closer than what it came out as.

    Sorry for the long post, I just did not want explain my thoughts here and not seem like I was just complain because my face did not turn out like the one shown, but fell as though something was skipped and wanted to ask about it. If you never ask questions you can never understand and I am simply trying to understand.

    • http://twitter.com/kuswanto Kuswanto

      Hello Yoko, 

      Usually the head will looks longer after the hair being placed. Try to draw the hair above the head circle a bit. Try it by make two arch lines to the left and right start in the middle of the head.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kenneth.isidoro.5 Kenneth D. Isidoro

    learn how to draw

  • Violet Jaystorm

    Thanks! This helped me a lot!

  • destiney houghtalen

    Thanks Helped alot!

    Could never really draw but I did alot better with this!

  • ju

    i think this is a junk food(sorry to be rude),this notchegar ao altar,nem chega perto dos animes atuais,dos mais fofos i think you can do better to like this.Train more,than you can be the “GUY”?!

  • sophia

    wow!! Thanks ! I’m only 11 so this will help me alot!

  • disqus_fXzAFdfGvz

    wow this thing sure is easy to do once you know how to do it

  • wichawin

    This looks great but it will look better with thiner line

  • nik

    u are extremely cool thankx a ton!!! :D

  • JeffDaKillerFan

    cool too

  • shofi

    yours is superb i have no words can u hep me to draw a indian girl with folded hair

  • mahone

    very nice

  • gia

    I realy want to draw a japinis person

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  • Kitty Kat 676

    Um… I can’t draw good faces from instructions but I can draw on my own :P Well person who did this is good.

  • Kitty Kat 676

    Actually I’m a great artist… if I have something to trace.

  • Ishimaru Masato

    THANKS to this i learn how to draw when i see my drawing i am happy that my draw is beautiful.

  • alongside

    tried my best :{

  • Ms.kittycat

    The eye’s really helps =^-^=

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  • ExecZero Finalwar

    Thank you very much! >< Now,I can draw eyes perfectly.(Without color. TT)

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  • kassata

    hiya im pretty good at drawing anime and im 10 i can do a bird fish shark dog a human boy a human girl anime boy anime girl a car a plane a bulding house a montain hills flower butterflys trees and much much much more

  • Preacher1998

    I am not a good artist but this helped me a lot and I thank you for this tutorial.