In this free art lesson, you’ll learn how to draw 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, 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 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 lower part of the girl’s head. Pay attention to the length of this guide. The lines on the sides are basically vertical but they slope inward a bit. The bottom is made up of a line similar to a wide letter V. This entire line is a guide for the jaw and chin.
Step 3: Half way between the top and bottom of the head, draw a long horizontal line as a construction guide that will help you place the girl’s facial features later. The sides of this line should end where the circle meets the jaw.
Draw a long vertical line across the entire head for another construction guide. Place this line directly in the middle of the entire shape too.
Step 4: On each side of the head, draw a curved line as guides for the ears. Place the ears directly below the horizontal construction line that’s inside the head. Don’t draw these lines too wide or the girl will end up with big ears.
Step 5: Below the head shape, draw two short, vertical lines as guides for the manga girl’s neck.
Step 6: On the sides of the neck, draw two long, sloping horizontal lines as guides for a bit of the girl’s shoulders. The outer tips of the lines should curve down. You can skip this step if you don’t want to include shoulders in your drawing.
Initial Sketch: That’s it for the guides! From this point on, press harder with your pencil for a more defined drawing.
Step 7: Inside the head, directly under the horizontal construction line, draw two thick curved lines for the top part of the girl’s eyes. Place the eyes on either side of the vertical construction line. The eyes should fit in the area between the horizontal construction line and the bottom edge of the first circle. The lower edges of the eyes should curve inward along the edge of the first circle. Make the inner tips of the eyes thin.
Step 8: On top of the eyes, draw a few short, curved spike-like shapes for the girl’s eyelashes. On the bottom of each eye, draw a short, curved line with more spike-like shapes for the lower eyelashes. Use the bottom edge of the big circle as a guide to place the lower eyelashes.
Step 9: Inside each eye, draw a small oval for the girl’s irises. The top parts of the ovals should touch the eyelashes, the bottom parts of the ovals should not.
Step 10: Inside each iris, draw an even smaller oval and shade them in for the pupils. Place the pupils directly in the center of the irises.
Step 11: On the edge of each iris, draw a two tiny circles for highlight. 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 eyelids.
Step 12: Higher above the eyes, draw two long, horizontal lines for the manga girl’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.
Step 13: Directly below the first circle and slightly to the left of the vertical construction line, draw a very short line for the girl’s nose. On either side of the nose, draw an even smaller line for the nostrils. Halfway between the bottom edge of the initial circle and the chin, draw a short, horizontal line for the mouth.
Step 14: Darken the curved lines on the sides of the head for the girl’s ears. Inside each ear, draw a series of curved shapes for the inner ear structure. These lines don’t have to be perfect, just draw some short curved lines for detail. You can also draw fewer lines and it would still look okay.
Step 15: Darken the outer edges of the first two guides to create the shape of the manga girl’s head. Leave a gap on the sides of the head to accentuate where the ears connect to the head. As you darken the lines on the bottom, make the shapes curvier for a smoother jaw and chin.
Step 16: Darken the lines under the head for the girl’s neck and shoulders. Remember that you can omit the shoulder lines if you don’t want to draw them.
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 irises that are inside the tiny highlight circles. The highlight circles should be blank inside. Re-draw any final sketch lines you may have accidentally erased.
That’s it! Keep practicing until you get the face and head right. Draw the shapes over and over adjusting things as you like and eventually you’ll get better!
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