In this free art lesson, you’ll learn how to draw the side view of the basic head and face of a Manga Girl 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 Girl Head and Face (Side 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 girl’s head. To draw the circle, first make four marks to determine the circle’s 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. 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: On the lower, right side of the circle, draw an angled line for the lower half of the head. Start with short, curved line that slopes to the right on the right edge of the circle. This will be t bridge of the nose. Below that, draw a longer vertical line that slopes to the left a bit for the side of the face. The last line at the bottom should curve back up to the circle to create the chin. Pay close attention to the angles of this line as well as the size and placement in relation to the circle.
Step 3: Half way between the top and bottom of the entire head, draw a long horizontal line as a construction guide that will help you place the facial features later. If you’d like, you can use a ruler to help you find the halfway point of the head. Or you can just roughly estimate the halfway point that’s slightly above the bridge of the nose.
Step 4: Below the head shape, draw two long, curved lines as guides for the neck. The lines should be farther apart at the bottom so that the top part of the shape is narrow and the bottom is wide. Pay attention to where the lines start at the top in relation to the head.
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 a curved line for the top part of the eye. The sides of this line should be thin and pointy while the middle should be thick. On the left side of the curved line, draw an extra short, pointy line that slopes down for the side of the eye. Make sure the eye is close to the right edge of the circle.
Step 6: On the top, right side of the eye, draw a few short, curved, spike-like shapes for the eyelashes. On the bottom of the eye, draw a short, curved line with more spike-like shapes for the lower eyelashes. Notice the big gap on the right side of the eye.
Step 7: Inside the eye, on the right side, draw a thin oval for the iris. The top part of the oval should touch the eyelashes, the bottom part should not. Inside the iris, draw a smaller thin oval and shade it in for the pupil.
Step 8: On the top, left edge of the iris, draw a tiny circle for a highlight. Draw the circle directly over the edge of the iris. Above the eye, draw a curved horizontal line for the fold of the eyelid.
Step 9: Higher above the eye, draw a long, sloping line for the eyebrow. The left tip of the eyebrow should be thin and the right tip should be thick. The right tip should be very close to the edge of the initial circle.
Step 10: Darken the initial sloping line to the right of the head for the bridge of the nose. Add a curved line below for the bottom edge of the nose. At the bottom, to the left, draw a tiny dot for the nostril. At the top, to the right, draw a small, pointy line for a bit of the eyelashes from the other eye.
Step 11: Below the nose draw a angled line for the top lip. The tip of the lip should touch the edge of the initial guide. Extend the line to the left to create the mouth. Curve the line for the mouth a bit. Below that, draw a smaller, curved line for the lower lip. The lower lip shouldn’t touch the edge of the initial guide on the right.
Step 12: Below the lower lip draw a long, curved line for the chin. Follow the path of the initial guide as you draw the line but make the shape curvier on the bottom. Break up the line on the left side for the jaw. Leave a big gap between the jaw and the horizontal construction line for the ear.
Step 13: Between the jaw and the horizontal construction line, draw a big, curved, line similar in shape to the letter C for the ear. The top of the ear should be wider than the bottom. The shape should fit snugly between the horizontal construction line and the jaw. Inside the shape, draw a curved line for the inner structure of the ear.
Step 14: Inside the ear, draw a series of curved lines for more of the 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 it would still look okay.
Step 15: Darken the outer edges of the initial guides to create the shape of the head and neck. The line for the neck on the left side is basically one long, continuous, curved line that ends at the bridge of the nose on the right side. The line for the neck on the left is shorter.
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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