How to Draw a Basic Anime-Style Head




About: idk i just really like drawing name's angela and im 14

In this Insructable, I will be showing you the basics of drawing anime heads. It is advisable that you create your own style for eyes. These guidelines shall make drawing easier for you. The same guideline concept is used for real life drawings. 

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Step 1: Materials

For this tutorial, you will need:

- a pencil
- a black ballpen
- paper
- an eraser
- coloring materials (I use colored pencils)

Step 2: Step 1

First, draw a circle like the one in the picture.

Step 3: Step 2

Then draw a slightly curved line (depends on the direction your character is facing) down the middle of the circle, leaving a bit of allowance at the bottom.

Step 4: Step 3

Draw a very wide V under the circle, with the two lines meeting at the bottom of your allowance. The upper part of the V will be straight

Step 5: Step 4

Now add the eyebrows.

Step 6: Step 5

Draw the nose and mouth. The nose may either be a sideways V (pointing to the right if facing the right) or just a little stump like mine. See the split in the mouth? Use it on the bottom lip if the mouth is open.

Step 7: Step 6

Alright. This is the part you might have trouble with. This isn't that complicated if you came up with your own eye style.

I even added a guide for you.

Eyelashes are optional.

Step 8: Step 7

Draw the bangs. Refer to other works. I usually just draw a random zigzag for bangs.

Step 9: Step 8

Draw the neck and shoulders. I drew a school uniform for this one.

Step 10: Step 9

It's time for hair. My favorite part. Use any hairstyle you want. Try to make it look natural and not too symmetrical

Step 11: Step 10

This is where your black pen comes in. Darken the lines. For the eyes, draw diagonal lines LIGHTLY. Don't draw diagonals all the way. Just to the part where you darkened the eyes. Erase the pencil marks.

This is honestly the hardest part for me. It takes me so long that I uploaded ten pictures while darkening!

Step 12: Final Step

Colring is optional but recommended. I use mainly Crayola colored pencils.

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    5 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Thats awesome mine sucked commpared to yours

    your artwork is amazing mine did not look like yours but its ok


    6 years ago on Step 12

    This is great! I love your hair and eyes. you are so awesome!


    6 years ago on Step 12

    This is great! I love your hair and eyes. you are so awesome!