How to Draw an Anime Boy Face

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Ash Ketchum. Goku. Lelouch Lamperouge. "Kirito" Kazuto Kirigaya. Takeya Ikuhara. Junpei Kousaka. Rin Okumura. Gray Fullbuster. The list could go on as we consider the "classic" male anime or manga character. With piercing eyes and unruly locks of dark hair, these anime look-alikes often steal the show.

Anime is a style of Japanese animation that is now popular all over the world. Anime characters typically have large, expressive eyes, a colorful appearance, and even more colorful personalities.

Did you know? The first anime was produced in 1917. The modern style emerged during the 1960s. In 2016, 60 percent of the world's television cartoons were anime.

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Would you like to draw an anime boy's side profile view face? This easy, step-by-step anime or manga drawing guide is designed to show you how.

You will be using guide lines - namely, a circle and perpendicular straight lines - to help you draw the face with the proper proportions. As you go along, you will need to erase these guide lines.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Anime Girl Face, Anime Eyes, and Manga Hair.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing an Anime Boy Face

How to Draw Anime Boy Face: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a circle. This will serve as a guide line for crafting the shape of the head.

How to Draw Anime Boy Face: Step 2

2. Draw a straight vertical line and a straight horizontal line through the center of the circle. The lines should cross at a perpendicular angle exactly at the circle's middle. The horizontal line should extend some distance beneath the circle, forming a "t" shape.

How to Draw Anime Boy Face: Step 3

3. Begin sketching the lower face. The face should be located in the lower-left quadrant formed by the perpendicular lines. Use short, curved lines to sketch the nose, lips, chin, and neck of the figure.

How to Draw Anime Boy Face: Step 4

4. Use a short straight line and a short curved line to enclose the mouth.


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How to Draw Anime Boy Face: Step 5

5. Use a "C" shaped line to outline the ear. The ear should cross the vertical guide line, appearing in both lower quadrants of the head. Then, use a series of short curved lines to detail the inner ear.

How to Draw Anime Boy Face: Step 6

6. Erase the circle from the lower left quadrant of the head. Then, erase the perpendicular lines. You now have a clean outline of the anime character's head. He's bald, a state which the next will rectify.

How to Draw Anime Boy Face: Step 7

7. Use a series of curved lines of various lengths to sketch the hair. Notice how the lines meet in gentle to sharp points, forming locks of hair. These locks are especially prevalent around the face and at the back of the head. Use another curved line to draw the back of the neck.

How to Draw Anime Boy Face: Step 8

8. Erase the guide line left by the original circle that appears within the outline of the hair. Now, you again have a clean outline.


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How to Draw Anime Boy Face: Step 9

9. Detail the hair with a series of short, curved lines that meet at jagged points. Detail the face by drawing the eye. Use three curved lines to sketch the triangular shape of the eye, allowing the lines to extend past the forward-facing short side of the triangle. Darken the eyelid, and draw several successively smaller ovals at the front of the eye. Shade between the two smallest to form the pupil. Draw a curved line parallel to the top of the eye, defining the lid. Use a pair of curved lines to draw the eyebrow, pointed on each end.

How to Draw Anime Boy Face: Step 10

Color your anime boy's head. You can stick with the "classic" hero we discussed at the outset, or color your character any way you would like. Make his hair black, brown, blonde, red, grey, or white - or, get really creative with colors like blue, pink, or purple!

Then, check out our collection of people and characters drawing guides for even more anime fun.

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