Male Face Drawing

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When we begin with the male face, we will, of course, also draw some construction lines. They are basically the same, only the male faces are often slightly longer and more angular, so keep that in mind. As you can see, I draw the jawline bigger than on the female. Download and use 10,000+ male face stock photos for free. Daily thousands of new images Completely Free to Use High-quality videos and images from Pexels. How to Draw a Male Face Easy Step 1: Draw a Circle Draw a circle and then make a line through the center vertically and horizontally. Try to keep your construction lines as light as possible.

We'll first discuss Loomis' approach, which is more complex, but more accurate. If you find that this approach is a bit difficult for you, you can skip to the simpler approach further down the page. Remember, either way, the goal is to create a convincing drawing of a face so either approach you take is fine.

Step 1 - Draw a Circle and a Cross

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We'll first draw a circle with two intersecting lines that connect directly in the center. The circle represents the top portion of the head. We'll use the intersecting lines to determine the locations of the facial features.

Step 2 - Draw a Square within the Circle

Next, we'll draw a square in which each corner touches the circle. This square will eventually represent the edges of the face. The top line will eventually become the bottom hairline. The bottom line will become the nose line, while the center line will become the brow line.

Step 3 - Draw the Chin

Now we'll measure the distance from the center line to the bottom line. You can use your pencil to do this. From the bottom line of the square, use this measurement to mark the location of the bottom of the chin. Then, draw the edges of the chin from each side of the square so that they connect at your marked location.

Step 4 - Locate the Eyes

Now we have the basic structure of the shape of the face in place. We'll next locate the eyes. We can use the height of the head to help us determine the location of the eyes on the face. The eyes are generally found on a line in the center of the head.

The brow line is represented by the center line that we drew in step one. So we know that the eyes should be found just below this line, in the center of the head. We can draw a line here for the 'eye line'.

Step 5 - Draw the Eyes

Now that we know where our eyes are located on the face, we can draw them. There's another measurement to keep in mind. We also should consider the width of the eyes. The width of the head, from ear to ear, generally measures the same length of five 'eyes'. This means that if we want to draw the eyes with accurate proportions, then we need to draw them so that they match this approximate measurement.

In this lesson, we're focusing only on drawing the face but if you want more instruction on drawing eyes, take a look at these lessons...

Step 6 - Locate and Draw the Nose

Moving down the face, we'll next draw the nose. The bottom of the nose can be found on the bottom line of the square that we drew in step two. The width of the nose varies from person to person, but is generally as wide as the inside corners of the eyes.

It may be helpful to draw two light lines down from the inside corners of the eyes to help you find the width of the nose.

Need a little help with drawing a nose? Take a look at these lessons...

Step 7 - Locate and Draw the Mouth

We find the mouth slightly higher than half-way between the bottom of the nose and the chin. Of course, this measurement varies from person to person. We can draw a line to mark the positioning of the mouth.

We can use the eyes to help us determine the width of the mouth. The corners of the mouth generally align with the inside edges of the pupils. It may be helpful to draw light lines from the pupils to the 'mouth line'.

Want some instruction on drawing a mouth? Take a look at these lessons...

Step 8 - Draw the Ears

Next, we'll draw the ears. Here again, we can use the locations of the features of the face to help us determine the location of the ears. The top of the ears will generally align with the brow line, while the bottom of the ears align with the nose line.

Keep in mind that the ears come out of the head and extend upward slightly. This means that the ears will extend outward from the head, near the eye line.

We've only sketched in a couple of loose ears for this lesson. If you want to take a closer look at drawing an ear, check out this lesson...

Step 9 - Draw the Hairline

Now we'll draw the hairline. If you're drawing someone that has long hair that overlaps the forehead, the hairline may not be visible, but it's still important to know where it's located. The hairline is found on the top edge of the square that we drew in step two.

Hairlines vary greatly from person to person. In this example, we'll draw a widow's peak pattern.

Step 10 - Draw the Hair

Now that we have the hairline in place, we can draw the hair. Shorter hair extends only slightly off of the top of the head, while longer or bushier hair may extend quite a bit. In both cases, however, the hair extends out from the head and should not be drawn directly on the head.

Want more instruction on drawing hair? Check out this lesson...

Step 11 - Add the Neck

Now we need to add a neck to our floating head. The tendency of most beginning artists is to make the neck too narrow. Generally speaking, the neck extends down from the bottom of the ears. Female necks are slightly more slender, while the necks of males are broader.

To draw the neck, we'll simply extend two lines down from the bottom of the ears.

This step by step tutorial shows how to draw an anime or manga male head and face from the front and side views.

In this tutorial we will be drawing what can be the face of a young adult or high school age male anime character.

Manga and anime male characters of this age tend to have larger chins and longer faces with smaller/narrower eyes when compared to their female counterparts or younger males. Though this can also vary based on style.

If you are going to be following the tutorial with pencil and paper be sure to draw light lines until you are done with the facial feature and hair placement steps. You will need to erase parts of the drawing afterwards.

For drawing different types of anime characters using this face see:

For drawing an anime boy’s face see:

Step 1 – Drawing the Head

Front View

Draw a vertical line for the middle of the head to help you see if both sides are even.

Make the top part of the head close to a circle and from there project two lines angled inwards towards the middle of the face followed by a set of curves and two more angled lines pointing further inwards. Join the two sets of lines at the chin. Draw the chin itself with a small curve but don’t make it too pointy or the character will look less masculine.

Side View

Draw the top of the head close to an oval in shape.

Make a small bump around the eyebrow areas followed by an indent that transitions into the nose area. You can see step four of this tutorial for positioning the nose. But do your best to estimate it’s placement at this point.

Also at this stage you can simply draw a straight line from the tip of the nose to the bottom of the chin.

Add the bottom of the jaw by projecting a line form slightly above the oval and then curving it into another line that basically transitions into the chin.

Step 2 – Drawing the Ears

To position the ears draw a vertical line through the middle of the head and another line between that and the chin. Draw the ears with their top and bottom between the two lines.


You can see the inner details of the ears above but you may want to save drawing these for after you place the rest of the facial features.

For more on drawing anime ears see:

Step 3 – Drawing the Eyes

The bigger and wider you draw the eyes the younger your character will look. In this case the character is a young adult (or close) so the eyes will be smaller then those of a boy.

Draw the eyes with their top portion touching the horizontal halfway point through the face (use the line from the previous step) and leave enough space between them to fit another eye.

Please note that the eyes will only be positioned this way when in their natural state if they are open wider they can go past this line and if shut they will usually go below the line. For now you can simply draw the their basic outline. The details will be added in a later step.

Draw the eyebrows slightly above the eyes. Anime and manga male eyebrows are often drawn thicker then female ones especially in older characters. But it also depends on the style.

Step 4 – Drawing the Nose

Place the details of the nose so that its bottom would be at the halfway point/line between the top of the eyes and the bottom of the chin. Please note that the actual bottom of the nose will not be draw. Show the nose by drawing a small vertical line for the bridge and giving a hint of one of the nostrils (slightly above the placement line).

If you are drawing the side view of the nose you will want to draw the bottom of the nose and the mouth at the same time as they basically transition into one another.

For drawing different styles of anime noses see:

Step 5 – Drawing the Mouth

Finally position the mouth by drawing a line between the bottom of the nose and the bottom of the chin. This line will give you the position of the bottom lip. Draw the top lip just slightly above this.

You can give a hint of the bottom lip with one short line. Draw the mouth itself with a light curve and a small break int the middle. Also please note that generally adult or older teenager male anime and manga characters tend to have wider mouths then females.

For more examples of anime mouths see:

Step 6 – Drawing the Hair

Draw the hair over top of the head. The reason why you want to draw this way instead of just drawing the hair right away is because being able to see what the head looks like will help you position the facial features (as done in previous steps). It will also help you place the hair itself as you can see exactly how it sits on the head.

For a more detailed explanation on “see through” drawing and other anime drawing tips see:

To get that “anime hair” look draw the hair in fairly large pointy clumps.

To help you better understand how to draw the hair it can be very helpful to think of it as split into three parts (front, side and back/top).

  • Red– Front Hair
  • Green – Side Hair
  • Blue– Back/Top Hair

Viewing the hair this way can be especially helpful when drawing when drawing hair that’s being pulled or blown in different directions. For more on this see the tutorials below:

You can draw the inner details of the ears (shown in step 2) either before or after drawing the hair.

Step 7 – Drawing the Details & Finishing the Line Drawing

Erase the parts of the head hidden by the hair and add the smaller details of the eyes such as the pupils and highlights. Afterwards you can also go over your drawing with darker lines and add black fill or pencil shading (depending on what you are drawing with) to parts of the eyes and eyebrows.

For the full step by step breakdown of drawing male anime eyes see:

After you finish this step you should have a clean line drawing of the face. You can leave it at this stage or move on to the next step if you want to add shading.

Step 8 – Add Some Shading

For some very basic anime style shading (also known as “Cel Shading”) add it in places where shadows are most likely to occur in general lighting conditions.

For some simple shading with no gradients you can add the following:

  • Small drop shadows from the hair on the forehead and sides of the face
  • Tiny shadows around the eyelids and top part of the white of the eyes
  • Inner parts of the ears
  • Bottom of the nose
  • Large shadow on the neck from the the head

Also darken the hair and the irises of the eyes but leave the highlights in both areas white.

For drawing different types of hair highlights see:

For examples of drawing an anime face in different lighting conditions see:


Male anime heads and faces can vary depending on style but generally the older the character the more they tend to differ from their female counterparts. Younger characters usually have faces very similar to females while older characters are often drawn with longer faces, smaller eyes and better overall defined facial features.

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For drawing a similar face in 3/4 view see:

For a similar tutorial on drawing a female anime face see:

For drawing the facial expressions of similar faces see:

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