In this free art lesson, you’ll learn how to draw the basic head and face of a Manga Boy in a the three quarter (3/4) view step-by-step. All of the tutorials on How2DrawManga.com are good drawing tutorials for beginners and experienced artists alike. The online tutorials are easy to follow; they teach you the how to draw basics while showing you how to draw manga step by step.
To draw this Manga Boy Head and Face (3/4 view), follow the step-by-step drawings below. The new lines in each step are shown in red, so you’ll know exactly what to draw next. Take your time and draw at your own pace.
Intro: Start off with a pencil sketch. In the beginning stages, don’t press down too hard. For every step, sketch lightly at first so that it’s easy to erase if you make a mistake.
Step 1: Draw a big circle as a guide for the top of the manga boy’s head. To draw the circle, first make four marks to determine the height and width. Then connect the marks using curved lines. Space out the marks evenly at the beginning. The farther apart the marks are, the bigger the circle will be. Sketch lightly at first so that it’s easy to erase if you make a mistake. If you’re struggling to draw the circle, just trace the outer rim of a circular object like a bowl or a lid.
Step 2: Below the circle, draw an angled line as a guide for the boy’s jaw and chin. Pay attention to the length of this guide. If you draw it too long, the head will be too long. The outer sides slope in toward the middle a little bit. The bottom part is similar to a wide letter V. The bottom tip of this line should be off to the left a bit.
Step 3: Half way between the top and bottom of the whole head, draw a long horizontal line as a construction guide that will help you place the manga boy’s facial features later. Curve the line a bit so that it contours to the shape of the circle.
Draw a long vertical line across the entire head for another construction guide. The vertical line should be closer to the left side because of the way the head is turned in a three-quarter view. Curve the vertical line a bit too.
Step 4: Below the head shape, draw a two short, vertical lines as guides for the boy’s neck. Place the line on the right directly where the big circle meets the jaw line. The line on the right should also be longer than the line on the left.
That’s it for the guides! From this point on, press harder with your pencil for a more defined drawing.
Step 5: Inside the head, directly under the horizontal construction line, draw two thick curved lines for the top part of the manga boy’s eyes. Use the vertical line as a guide to help you position the eyes. Below each thick, curved line, draw a smaller, thinner line for the bottom edge of the eyes. The eye on the left should fit in the area between the vertical construction line and the edge of the main circle. The eye on the left should also be slightly smaller than the eye on the left because of the perspective of the turned head. Add extra pointy tips to the lines at the top for some eyelashes.
Step 6: Inside each eye, draw a small oval for the boy’s irises. A big part of the iris on the left should be hidden behind the shape of the eye. Only the top part of the iris on the right should be behind the eyelashes.
Inside each iris, draw an even smaller oval and shade them in for the pupils. Overall, the shapes on the left should be smaller than those on the right because of the way the head is turned.
Step 7: On the edge of each iris, draw two tiny circles for highlights. On each iris, there should be a circle near the top and another circle near the bottom. Draw the circles directly over the edges of the irises. Above each eye, draw a curved horizontal line for the folds of the boy’s eyelids.
Step 8: Higher above the eyes, draw two long, horizontal lines for the boy’s eyebrows. The inner tips of the eyebrows should be thick and they should slope down a bit. The outer tip of the eyebrows should be thinner. Use the vertical construction line as a guide to help you space out the eyebrows. The eyebrows of boys in manga can be drawn a little thicker then girl eyebrows. At the inner tip of each eyebrow, you can also add a few tiny angled lines to make them bushier.
Step 9: Below the eye on the left and to the left of the vertical construction line, draw a very small line for the manga boy’s nose. The line for the nose should be similar to a less-than sign (<). Place the nose directly over the lower edge of the main circle. To the left of the nose, draw a small line for the other side of the nose. To the right, draw a tiny line for the nostril.
Below the nose and slightly to the left, draw a short, curved horizontal line for the mouth. Place the mouth about halfway between the nose and the bottom of the chin.
Step 10: On the right side of the head, draw a long, curved line that’s similar in shape to a backward letter C for the boy’s ear. Place this line between the horizontal construction line and the neck. The top part of the ear should be inside the head. Inside the shape, draw a couple of short, curved lines for the inner ear detail.
Step 11: Inside the ear, draw a series of curved shapes for the boy’s inner ear structure. These lines don’t have to be perfect, just draw some short curved lines that are similar to the image for extra detail. You can also draw fewer lines and the ear would still look okay.
Step 12: Darken the outer edges of the first two guides to create the overall shape of the manga boy’s head. As you darken the lines make the bottom tip curvier for a rounder chin. The line on the left side should dip in toward the eye to create the curved cheek below. Girl’s jaws should be smooth and curved. For a boy, you can make the jawline more straight and angular. Darken the lines below the head for the neck.
Final Step: For a cleaner look, erase as much as you can of the initial guide lines. Don’t worry about erasing all of the guides. It’s okay to leave some behind. Erase the bit of the iris that’s inside the tiny highlight circle. The highlight circle should be blank inside. Re-draw any final sketch lines you may have accidentally erased.
That’s it! Keep practicing until you get the head and face right. Draw it again and again and eventually you’ll get better!
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