How to Draw a Sad Anime Face

Easy, step by step Sad Anime Face drawing tutorial
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Anime is a popular style of Japanese animation used in cartoons. This characteristic art style emerged in the 1960s, both in cartoon anime and the related comic book manga. Its popularity increased markedly during the 1990s and still continues to grow.

Anime characters typically have large, expressive eyes, and extreme emotions are commonly displayed. Loss, death, unrequited love, and betrayal are popular themes, especially in series aimed at adults rather than children. As such, sad characters such as the one in this drawing guide are a staple in many anime.

Today, over 400 studios produce anime, and others have adopted the style outside of Japan. More than half of the world's animated television shows are considered anime.

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Would you like to draw a cartoon of a sad anime girl? This easy, step-by-step anime cartoon drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pen, pencil, or marker and a sheet of paper.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Sad Girl Crying, Anime Girl Face, and Tears.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Sad Anime Face

Sad Anime Face drawing - step 1
How to Draw Sad Anime Face: Step 1

1. Begin by sketching the curvature of the face. Use a long, curved line, and note the contours of the cheek and chin.

Sad Anime Face drawing - step 2
How to Draw Sad Anime Face: Step 2

2. Sketch the hair, fully enclosing the outline of the face. Use long, curved lines to sketch in the top of the head. Then, use a series of curved lines of various lengths to complete the locks of hair around the face. For each lock, use two curved lines that meet at a sharp point. Note how some of the locks overlap one another.

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Sad Anime Face drawing - step 3
How to Draw Sad Anime Face: Step 3

3. Continue drawing the long hair as if it is blowing in the wind. Use curved lines of various lengths. At the end, allow the lines to meet at jagged points. Use additional curved lines to add texture to the hair.

Sad Anime Face drawing - step 4
How to Draw Sad Anime Face: Step 4

4. Draw the girl's neck and torso. Extend a pair of lines downward from the head to form the neck. Then, extend curved lines from just above the base of the neck. Bring them together at a point. This outlines the inside of the shirt collar. Form the sides of the collar using curved triangular shapes. From the collar, extend curved lines on each side to form the shoulders. Use sets of parallel lines to demarcate the sides of the vest.

Sad Anime Face drawing - step 5
How to Draw Sad Anime Face: Step 5

5. Continue to texture the hair with long curved lines running the length of it, allowing them to meet at points. Use thick curved lines to indicate the eyebrows.

Sad Anime Face drawing - step 6
How to Draw Sad Anime Face: Step 6

6. Draw the first crying eye. Use a thick curved line for the eyelid. Beneath it, outline the eye using curved lines that meet at points. Use a curved line, doubled back upon itself, to enclose the tear. For the eye itself, enclose several increasingly smaller circles within one another. Shade one to indicate the pupil. Add dimension by drawing a curved line above the eyelid.

Sad Anime Face drawing - step 7
How to Draw Sad Anime Face: Step 7

7. Draw the remaining eye. Again, use a thick curved line for the eyelid, and enclose the shape of the eye beneath it. Draw a teardrop shape at the corner, and enclose several increasingly smaller circles within the eye. Shade one to indicate the pupil.

Sad Anime Face drawing - step 8
How to Draw Sad Anime Face: Step 8

8. Use a curved line to draw the small nose, and enclose several teardrop shapes streaming down the cheek.

Sad Anime Face drawing - step 9
How to Draw Sad Anime Face: Step 9

9. Add additional detail to the hair as necessary. Then, use curved lines to sketch the frowning mouth and chin.

Complete Sad Anime Face drawing
How to Draw Sad Anime Face: Step 10

Color your anime girl. Anime often employs bright and fanciful colors, so be creative.

Find some of your favorite anime characters or learn to create your own using our people drawing guides.

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How to Draw Sad Anime Face

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