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Best How to Draw Anime Heads and Faces Art Tutorials

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If you are seeking the best how to draw anime heads and faces tutorials, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve gathered some of the best art tutorials for you to learn from.

The tutorials are from different artists, each showing different ways to approach the drawing process.


Key Takeaways

  • By learning from multiple artists, you get a better sense of how to draw anime head and face from multiple angles.
  • Some drawing techniques might suit one person but not for the other, so don’t be discouraged if a certain technique doesn’t open to you.
  • One of the gems (even though not in English) is from Hide Channel and how he approaches drawing anime faces. I personally have watched plenty of tutorials from him and have learned a lot.
  • You can find all of the below videos from a YouTube playlist I created.

How to Draw Anime “Basic Anatomy” (Anime Drawing Tutorial for Beginners)

So the video does not have any narration or even text to explain what is going on. However, the video is pretty self-explanatory, so in that sense, it doesn’t need a narrator.

I like this video because it shows you the very basic structure of an anime head and face—nothing fancy, no coloring, nothing, just drawing from the beginning to the end.

There will also be a quick upper-body drawing as well, to showcase the proportions of the head and face. Also, this is good because it shows how to start the sketching process.

How to Draw Anime Basic “Head-Angles” [Anime Drawing Tutorial for Beginners]

This video has a pretty nice take on the different angles of head and face, with a written explanation of what you should draw next and how it’s easy to follow along with the video while you practice drawing anime and manga heads.

The artist also shows you how to draw anime and manga heads from the side. So you will learn not only how to draw it from the front view but also from the side and from different angles.

The video is nicely paced and is slow enough to see how the hand moves along with the drawing.

Japanese Pro vs. Amateur

This is an interesting video as it shows how a professional manga artist draws anime and manga face and head, compared to an amateur.

While the video is in Japanese, don’t let that bother you (you can turn on the captions to get more value from the video). Follow the lines and the hand movement, and see how the face and head are structured. I also like the fact that the pro draws hair. 

The video is especially nice because it shows you how a drawing from an amateur compares with a drawing from a pro. 

There’s a clear mismatch in structure and in proportions.

How to Draw Manga Head – Multiple Angles

While the video itself might not be super high-quality (mobile phone alarms, etc.), I think the video itself is pretty good. The basics are nicely presented, and in the video, you can see how the head shape is created in a few strokes.

In the video, the artist doesn’t explain too much about the basics but does show the basics.

How to Draw Anime Boy Face [No Timelapse]

A very simple and straightforward video on how to draw boys’ faces in anime style —starting by drawing the circle and adding the needed lines for the jaw and eyes. 

As you might have seen, the basics are always the same. Draw a circle and then add lines. It’s that simple, yet it isn’t when you want to draw a beautiful face. It’s all about proportions and how things are placed in the head.

The video has a narration that makes it easy to follow through and learn at the same time. It’s also nice to see the hand movements of the artist and the thought process behind the lines.

How to Draw a Manga Male Head

In the video, Sophie Chan explains the subtle differences between male and female faces, so this tutorial is especially nice if you want to learn about those differences.

The video presents a bit different approach to drawing the head, as Sophie starts from the chin after drawing the usual circle. Many starts by drawing the horizontal and vertical lines, but not Sophie in this video, which makes the process a bit more interesting.

So in a sense, this video shows you how to draw the head before drawing elements like eyes, nose, mouth, etc. In the end, you have a clear head and face structure to draw on further.

How To Draw Anime Head In Profile / Side View

In this video, the artist shows you how to draw the anime head from the side. When you are drawing the head from the profile view, the principles are the same. You follow the middle horizontal line and place the eyes and ears slightly below the horizontal line. 

The reason why this video is pretty good is that the artist clearly explains every decision that goes into drawing the manga head.

How to Draw Anime Faces – Tutorial

The video focuses on drawing feminine anime face and head, and what I like about this video is that the artist is pretty thorough in explaining how things work. 

Explaining things like which eye draws first and how to draw eyes, etc., makes the video feel complete and entertaining.

If you struggle with drawing anime and manga head from an angle, this is one of those videos that covers just that.

How to draw a Manga female head

If the other video from Sophie Chan was about drawing anime male heads, this tutorial covers how to draw female manga heads.

What I think is beautiful about this tutorial is the use of guidelines. When you draw the circle and the horizontal and vertical lines, chin and all, it’s nice how Sophie shows you how to use those guidelines to your advantage.

Use the lines to draw the nose, eyes, eyelashes, etc. This video is a very good tutorial to learn the basics of drawing that manga-looking head.

How To Draw Anime Girl Face [Slow Narrated Tutorial] [No Timelapse]

While the video isn’t such a high quality, the thing that I like about it is its authenticity and the realness of it. There might be some coughing and things going on in the background, but I still like the drawing that the artist creates.

If anything, the drawing is solid and looks very nice. It’s also easy to follow through the video and learn while watching.

How I Draw Faces! | First Tutorial Video

How to: Draw 1/2 View (Side View)

This is a very good art tutorial on how to draw the manga head from the side view.

The artist explains her drawing process pretty nicely, and it’s easy to follow through. What I like about this tutorial is that the artist is explaining the differences between female and male heads. 

When we think about reality and how our heads differ from male to female, we don’t notice so much difference. Yes, a male might have a bit more prominent chin than a female, but overall we look about the same.

However, in the manga, there is a clear difference between male and female heads and faces, and in this video, the artist brings those differences up in a really nice and clear way.

How To Draw Front/Side/Profile Face From 3 Different Angles in Anime Manga

Another great video from Mikey Mega Mega. A clear explanation of how to draw from a few different angles. Pretty much nothing to add here other than this is a good watch.

Tutorial: Tips for Drawing a Manga Face

Drawing Anime & Manga Faces Viewed From Below! Hard Angles!

This tutorial is a bit advanced, but if you are ready for it, go for it. This tutorial explains how to draw faces from angles that you don’t typically see in manga and anime. 

One of those is the one where the viewpoint is below the chin, making the chin look big and other features, like eyes, small.

The reason why you don’t see these too much in anime is that in anime art, the chin is usually very pointy, aesthetic, or downright beautiful, and when you view that from below, you will have to draw the chin based on realism.

It’s pretty hard to draw a chin that is pointy when viewed below. It just doesn’t work, so in these instances, you can’t draw so much in anime style but have to incorporate realism into it.

This also means that you have to get into the mature style of manga and anime heads. 

How to Draw Anime Heads

This art tutorial shows you ways to use the circle and triangle to your benefit when drawing those beautiful anime and manga heads.

The artist nicely explains the drawing process and shows you how to use basic shapes to create those beautiful anime and manga heads and faces.

Mapping a Cute Easy Anime Face in Real-Time (How To)

A very in-depth video on how features a placed in the head. This art tutorial is a bit lengthy, but it does explain rather nicely how to draw manga face and head.

In the video, you will learn how to draw a nose, for example, from different angles and how the nose curve smooths out when the face is looking more forward than to the side.

When you are starting out, do use guidelines to help you place the facial features in the right places. 

Mapping the Face for Anime & Manga

A very good art tutorial on how to draw the manga head and face from different angles. Also, what is good about this video is that you will learn more about the planes of the face, like the placement of eyebrows.

The video is roughly 20 minutes long or short, but in that time frame, you are able to see three different angles being drawn in detail by Mike. And what I like about the video is that you can follow the drawing process while drawing yourself —making the learning process that much easier.

How to Draw Manga with Sonia Leong (Side View)

While the art tutorial video isn’t narrated, it’s still a good video as it shows you and explains to you (with text) how to divide features in the head. Drawing the head from a profile might be challenging for some of you, but the simple method shown to you in this video makes the whole process that much easier.

Conclusion

Drawing an anime head, whether it’s male or female, is pretty simple. However, you need to know the basics of human anatomy to pull it off. Eyes, nose, and ears are pretty much in the same place as if you were drawing a realistic human head.

There are, however, a few small differences that we have to tackle. One is that the eyes are much larger, the nose can be a simple dot, or a line, and the mouth can be extremely wide.

The head itself is also a bit different in size compared to the rest of the body. Usually, the head is a bit bigger than you would normally see on a human.

Also, the very tip of the chin might be pointy, sharp, or very muscular. So there is a lot of variation depending on the anime art style you are aiming for.

The crucial thing to remember is that the anime and manga head and face do follow human anatomy.

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I’m a digital artist who is passionate about anime and manga art. My true artist journey pretty much started with CTRL+Z. When I experienced that and the limitless color choices and the number of tools I could use with art software, I was sold. Drawing digital anime art is the thing that makes me happy among eating cheeseburgers in between veggie meals.

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