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How to Draw an Anime Girl Side View

Easy, step by step Anime Girl Side View drawing tutorial
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Do you like anime? This style of animation, wherein characters have large, expressive eyes, originated in Japan.

While the first Japanese cartoons were created in the early 1900s, modern anime traces its roots to the manga comic books or graphic novels that have been gaining popularity since the 1950s. Manga, in turn, conforms to an artistic style developed during the 1800s.

As a budding anime artist, you want to be able to draw your characters from all angles.

This tutorial will show you how to draw a female character in profile - that is, with the side of the face turned to the viewer so that the outline of the forehead, nose, lips, and chin are clearly visible. This style of portrait has been popular throughout history.

The theme song of one popular anime begins with the words, "I want to be the very best like no one ever was." With plenty of practice and the help of our drawing guides, you can improve your skills and be the best artist you can be!

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Would you like to draw an anime or manga character's side profile? This easy, step-by-step cartoon character drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.

You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

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

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing an Anime Girl Side View

Anime Girl Side View drawing - step 1
How to Draw an Anime Girl Side View Step 01

1. Begin by drawing the head. First, sketch a large circle. Then, extend curved lines from its side and bottom to meet at a gentle point. This outlines the front of the face and the chin.

Anime Girl Side View drawing - step 2
How to Draw an Anime Girl Side View Step 02

2. Draw curved lines from the back of the head and the chin to form the neck.

Anime Girl Side View drawing - step 3
How to Draw an Anime Girl Side View Step 03

3. Use a series of overlapping curved lines to detail the face. Let previously drawn lines serve as guides. The first line should form the forehead, nose, and upper lip. The second outlines the lower lip and chin.

Anime Girl Side View drawing - step 4
How to Draw an Anime Girl Side View Step 04

4. Erase guide lines from the face, leaving a clean outline of the head. Use thick curved lines for the eyebrow and lashes of the upper eyelid. Contour the upper and lower lids and nostrils using short curved lines. Enclose a narrow partial oval to indicate the pupil.

Anime Girl Side View drawing - step 5
How to Draw an Anime Girl Side View Step 05

5. Begin outlining the hair. Draw a curved line roughly parallel to the front of the head, and another across the side of the face. Connect these using a third curved line.

Anime Girl Side View drawing - step 6
How to Draw an Anime Girl Side View Step 06

6. Detail the hair of the bangs. From the guide line, draw pairs of curved lines that meet at points.

Anime Girl Side View drawing - step 7
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7. Continue the line above the top of the head. At the back of the head, allow the line to diverge outward. Enclose the ends of locks of hair at the cheeks using curved lines of various lengths that meet at points.

Anime Girl Side View drawing - step 8
How to Draw an Anime Girl Side View Step 08

8. Connect the hair at the cheek to the hair at the back of the head. Use a series of overlapping curved lines of various lengths, allowing the lines to meet at jagged points.

Anime Girl Side View drawing - step 9
How to Draw an Anime Girl Side View Step 09

9. Erase the guide lines from the hair. Texture the hair with curved lines of various lengths.

Complete Anime Girl Side View drawing
How to Draw an Anime Girl Side View Step 10

Color your anime girl cartoon.

Whether you're sketching mug shots or creating your own cartoon, you'll need to draw more than just a side of view of your characters. Learn how to draw a girl from other angles, draw a boy in profile, and master the cute chibi style.

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