A lot of people struggle with drawing Anime.
When I started my drawing journey, I took a while to learn how to draw anime and how to draw it well.
But drawing a simple Anime Girl face can be quite a challenge because there are so many different styles.
In my last post I covered how to draw 90s style Anime, check it out if you haven’t already.
I will explain how you can color your character because even coloring requires some level of learning.
In this post, I’ll teach you how to draw an anime face (girl) in a 3/4th view. It’s not as hard as you’d imagine.
Okay, let’s begin with the basics.
Tools I’m using to draw my 90s-style anime
I’m currently using:
And I’m using the Procreate software (which costs $10 one-time-fee)
I highly recommend looking at this superb online course that teaches you how to use Procreate.
You can draw this using pencils or a fine marker, or draw it digitally like me.
The tools you use don’t matter because the technique remains the same.
How to Draw an Anime Face (Girl) – Step-by-step easy tutorial for Beginners
If you are using digital art, please remember to keep your lineart on one layer and make it a reference layer.
Remember to keep each color on a new layer – this will allow you to manipulate any specific layer without affecting the others.
All these colors should be underneath the reference layer so that you’re not messing with your outline.
This will enable us to drag and drop colors easily if the area or section is closed completely by lineart.
Step 1: Draw the head and face
So, we’ll begin with a circle first.
We always start with a circle.
This rough guide will help us draw the head easily and we’re going to use this as a template so it’s okay if the circle is not perfect.
Easy enough, right?
Now, using the circle as a template, draw the head shape – also draw the ear.
Next, let’s draw the eyebrows and some details on the eyelashes.
Draw the upper and lower lash line and thicken the upper lash line.
Next, draw the iris and pupil inside the eyes. Don’t add too much detail – draw unfinished lines.
There are also some books you can get to make your anime drawing journey more easy.
Now, it’s time to draw the nose and mouth.
Anime girls have very small noses and mouths, so draw a very tiny nose and mouth.
Next, it’s time to draw the eyes.
Step 2: Draw the hair (and other details)
Next, we’ll start drawing the hair.
I’m just going to draw some bangs like this:
Now, slowly start drawing the hair. Draw the hair on a new layer, so that you can erase all overlapping lines later.
I’m going to draw a parting.
And now, I’ll start drawing the rest of the hair – I’m just going to draw some wavy locks like this:
And then draw the hair on the other side.
Drawing hair definitely gets better with practice. Just keep drawing multiple strands.
Step 3: Color the anime drawing
Now, erase all the overlaping lines.
You can see my other hair tutorials here if you want to draw more hairstyles on your character.
The choices are endless with anime hairstyles. You can even get this book that specifically covers drawing anime hair.
You can now start coloring the illustration.
I’m going to color the skina nd add some blush to her cheeks on a layer underneath the outline layer.
Next, color the irises. You can color the irises any color you want.
Color the top part of the eyes a darker color – so I’m going to add a darker purple tone to the top part of the eyes.
Color the hair now. You can color the hair any color you want.
Make sure you add a darker hue to the different parts of the hair to add more texture.
Next, add highlights to the sections of the hair. You can also add some highlights to the cheeks. Just make sure that you vary the opacity so that it looks mildly transparent.
You’ve finished learning how to draw an anime face (female).
Drawing anime characters takes practice.
You may have to create a lot of drawings that don’t look great till you become better at this.
So, don’t feel upset if your drawings don’t look very good initially.
Just keep drawing more characters and mix and match different hairstyles and clothes to familiarize yourself with drawing diverse characters.
Try practicing drawing anime characters from different angles – like 3/4th view, side view, and back view.
All this will help train you faster.
You can even get these books to help you draw anime easily.
I have a post that you can read on how to find your art style if you are keen on developing your own style of drawing cartoons.
You can make things easier by picking up this Character Drawing Toolkit.
If you want to see more tutorials on hair and people, just comment below. You can check out my other posts on drawing over here.
I will be adding more drawing tutorials to this blog, so keep a lookout!
Want to practice drawing more Manga and Anime?
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This class will teach you how to draw manga characters from scratch and add personalities to them.
You don’t need any tools except a pencil and paper.
It’s a very detailed course and it’s not at all expensive.
If you are just getting started with ProCreate, I highly recommend this course: Procreate for Beginners: Digital Illustration 101
It will help you learn Procreate within a day or a week at most. I found it super helpful!
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