A beginner-friendly guide to learning how to draw a great-looking Anime Girl with Glasses with easy, step by step drawing instructions and video tutorial. Great for beginner artists!
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Geeks and nerds, professors, superheroes in disguise, secret agents - there are lots of reasons why your anime characters might want to try on a pair of glasses.
Below, we'll talk about the placement of anime glasses, styles of anime and manga glasses, the reflection effect, why characters wear glasses, how to draw them, and more.
Step-by-Step Tutorial for Drawing Anime Girl with Glasses
This character is geek chic and studious.
Anime Girl with Glasses drawing - Step 1
1. Begin by drawing a guideline grid. This will help you place the facial features in later steps.
Draw a vertical line, then draw a circle around it. Draw a horizontal line below the midpoint of the circle. It should cross the vertical line at a perpendicular angle and meet the sides of the circle.
Draw a shorter horizontal line crossing the vertical line below the circle.
Learn more about anime face drawing in this step-by-step tutorial.
Anime Girl with Glasses drawing - Step 2
2. Use a long curved line to outline the ears and the lower half of the face. Connect the ears to the head where the horizontal grid line meets the circle. The line of the chin should meet the bottom of the vertical line.
Detail the inside of each ear with a curved line.
For more details on How to Draw an Anime Ear, see this guide.
Use the gridlines to place the mouth. It should rest on the shorter horizontal line, centered on the vertical line.
Anime Girl with Glasses drawing - Step 3
3. Erase the bottom of the circle and the lower horizontal line.
Then, use the grid to place the nose and eyes. They should be placed between the vertical line and the ears. The top of each eye should meet the horizontal line, with the eyelid arching above it.
Position the negative eyebrows above the eyes, a short distance above the horizontal line.
Draw the nose between the horizontal line and the bottom of the face, just to the left of the vertical line.
Learn more about drawing noses and eyes on How to Draw an Anime Nose and How to Draw Eyes Step-by-Step tutorials.
Anime Girl with Glasses drawing - Step 4
4. Erase the grid lines from the face. Then, begin drawing the glasses. Use thick lines for the bottoms of the lenses, the nosepiece, and the earpieces. Use thin lines for the tops of the lenses, encircling the eyes.
Anime Girl with Glasses drawing - Step 5
5. Next, draw the girl's hair. Use overlapping curved lines and lines that meet at sharp points. Don't forget the curved earring and hair clip.
Anime Girl with Glasses drawing - Step 6
6. Outline the hair on the head by drawing a more contoured line just outside the original circle. Use two curved lines to draw the neck and complete the hair at the back of the head using curved lines that meet at jagged points.
Anime Girl with Glasses drawing - Step 7
7. Erase the remnants of the original circle from the girl's head.
Anime Girl with Glasses drawing - Step 8
8. Color your picture.
Different types of glasses
Now that you've drawn your girl with glasses, you might consider different ways of shading the lenses (see the reference picture below).
In the top example, the lenses are clear. You can see the shading on the bottom and sides of each lens. This indicates the presence of the frame behind the lenses. Just as you can see the frame through the lenses, so you can see the character's eyes.
Sometimes, a reflection effect or glare is used. In this case, the lenses are shaded white and diagonal lines are drawn across them. This may be done to hide a character's eyes or precede a dramatic moment. In anime, the lens glare may "flash" with different glare lines as the character moves.
Finally, your character may be wearing sunglasses. In this case, the lenses are shaded black or some other color. They may have a white reflection effect. Sunglasses may hide a character's identity, make him look cool, or simply protect his eyes on a sunny day.
Other Considerations When Drawing Anime Glasses
Placement of Glasses
It may seem obvious that glasses are placed over a character's eyes, but a sizable amount of variation can occur.
For example, an elderly person, a librarian, or a teacher might wear their glasses closer to the end of their nose. Some characters might raise their glasses to get a better look at something. Some might even place them on the forehead or top of the head for a time.
Glasses come in many styles. The frames may be thick or thin, the lenses rectangular, round, oval-shaped, or even heart-shaped.
Have you ever seen glasses where part of the frame is not drawn? This, too, is a common style. Usually, the upper portion of the frame is omitted. Some glasses even have no frame around the lenses, with only the nose-piece connecting them.
Reasons to Draw Glasses
Characters may wear glasses for many reasons. Some have eyesight issues. At other times, glasses may be linked to a social standing, such as a professor or a "nerdy" kid who gets picked on.
What to draw next?
Now that you've drawn your character with one type of glasses, why not try others? Draw thick, chunky frames; glasses with no frames at the top; sunglasses; or thick goggles.
You can also try your hand at other characters with glasses, such as this man with anime beard.
Practice more by adding glasses to these characters: How to Draw an Anime Old Man, Anime Christmas Party Girl, or Anime Girl Eating with Chopsticks.
We have a great collection on drawing tutorials that will teach you how to draw anime and manga. We'll give you tips and tricks on how to get started, as well as a lot of ideas for what to draw. So if you're ready to get started, go to our anime tutorials collection to learn how to sketch easy, cute anime drawings.
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