How to Draw an Anime Beard and Facial Hair

A beginner-friendly guide to learning how to draw a great-looking Anime Beard with easy, step by step drawing instructions and video tutorial. Great for beginner artists!

Complete Anime Beard drawing

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Many male anime characters have facial hair - mustaches, beards, goatees, sideburns, or other styles.

These may be an integral part of a character, or they may be used to demonstrate the passage of time.

First, we'll show you how to draw an anime beard step by step.

Then we'll discuss different styles of anime facial hair.

Step-by-Step Tutorial for Drawing an Anime Beard

Learn how to draw an anime character with a beard and glasses.

Anime Beard drawing - Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a guideline grid. You will notice that this grid is more complex than those in previous chapters.

Draw a vertical line with a circle surrounding it. Below the midpoint of the circle, draw a horizontal line that reaches the sides of the circle.

Beneath the circle, draw three short horizontal lines - one at the end of the vertical line, one halfway between it and the circle, and the other close to the circle.

See this easy face drawing to learn more details about how to draw an anime face.

Anime Beard drawing - Step 2

2. Extend a long curved line from the point where the gridline meets the circle. Allow it to meet the short line at the bottom of the vertical line before concluding at the gridline on the opposite side of the circle. This outlines the bottom half of the man's face.

Use curved lines to enclose and detail ears just below the horizontal grid line.

Anime Beard drawing - Step 3

3. Erase the bottom half of the original circle. Then, use the central grid lines to place the eyes.

Locate the rectangle-shaped anime eyes halfway between the vertical grid line and the side of the face. The tops of the eyes should rest on the horizontal grid line. Then, draw the rectangular eyebrows directly above the eyes, just above the horizontal line.

Draw a vertical curved line to the left of the vertical line to begin the side of the nose.

See this Simple Eye Drawing to learn more about drawing anime eyes.

Anime Beard drawing - Step 4

4. Erase the long horizontal gridline. Then, draw the glasses using curved lines. Let the lenses fully encircle the eyes. Draw the nosepiece between them, and earpieces extending to the tops of the ears.

Then, use gridlines to place the nose and mouth. Use a curved line for the nose. The nostrils should rest on top of the upper horizontal line, with the tip of the nose dipping below it.

Use the remaining horizontal gridline to place the mouth. Use a curved line, resting the corners on the horizontal line. Draw a short curved line below it.

For more details on drawing anime mouths and noses, see the Anime Mouth Reference and How to Draw a Nose from the Front tutorials.

Anime Beard drawing - Step 5

5. Erase the remaining gridlines. Then, use straight and curved lines to outline the rectangular hairline and the jagged edges of the beard.

Anime Beard drawing - Step 6

6. Erase the lower jaw from behind the beard. Use curved lines to contour the top of the hair and to form a strand of hair falling across the face.

Learn more about anime male hairstyles.

Anime Beard drawing - Step 7

Anime Beard and Facial Hair step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 7

7. Erase as necessary and texture the hair with short lines.

Anime Beard drawing - Step 8

8. Color the outline of the anime man's beard and the rest of his hair.

Anime Beard Styles

The manga beard comes in many forms. Look at the faces in the illustration below. Each is the same character with a different style of facial hair.

Different anime beard styles

On the top row, the first face shows a mustache - facial hair between the nose and mouth, growing from the upper lip. Besides the mustache, this character is clean-shaven.

The second face shows a full beard with sideburns. Sideburns are hair that grows in front of the ears. The sideburns connect to the beard near the bottom of the ears.

The third face shows a beard, mustache, and sideburns. The mustache is attached to the beard in a style known as "friendly mutton chops."

On the second row, the first face has a goatee. A goatee, sometimes called a chin puff or goat patch, is a small beard limited to the chin. The rest of the face is shaved. The name "goatee" comes from the long hairs under a goat's chin.

The second face shows a mustache and a goatee together. They are connected by hair similar to the friendly mutton chops above. This style is sometimes called a Van Dyke.

The final face depicts a mustache and a five o'clock shadow. The "shadow" or shaded area represents the growth of the beard that may occur during the day - even if the character shaved that morning. That is why it is called a 5 o'clock shadow - it appears by five o'clock in the evening. This type of beard may indicate that a character has been at work all day.

Anime Beard Styles reference drawing

What to draw next?

What kind of backstory would you write for this character? Is he a kindly old fisherman or a professor?

Why not alter his appearance AND his story? Try drawing the same character with a different type of beard. Draw him with anime sunglasses.

Give him tears, an angry face, or a frightened facial expression (learn more about drawing different anime expressions in this post).

You can also add facial hair to the following guides: How to Draw an Anime Wizard, Easy Vampire drawing, or How to Draw a Demon.

You've seen Naruto, Bleach, One Piece and many other anime characters. Learn anime drawing with our easy, step-by-step drawing tutorials.

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