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Hey guys, so this my legit first try at drawing anything anime and manga related. I have no drawing experience what so ever.

I want to know if you guys can give me some advice on how to draw faces correctly. Here is what I drew



I'm going to learn how to draw really high quality character portraits before i learn how to draw bodies, so I want to know if anyone can offer me tips on how to draw faces that are symmetrical.

As you can see in this gender-bent half masked Shinobu (since I didn't know how to draw the eyes symmetrically xD) One side of the face is more rounded (which is what i was aiming for given shinobu's rounded face).

I admit i didn't to those cross things that I normally see people draw faces with.

If I start with those cross as the guide to where to place facial features will that keep stuff symmetrical?

I would appreciate any advice you guys can offer.

I'm currently only drawing with pencils and paper as I want to master graphite drawing before moving on to a tablet at some point.


Thanks!
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I don't really have any advice that would be useful, but I personally I draw a circle and the draw eyes in it xD It makes it easier to draw a face for me for some reason for me. (I'll post a picture of what I mean xD)
Make sure the circles where the eyes go look like they're far enough apart and then add the details.

As a beginner yeah you might want to do the things with the lines in the face though?~
I could never stand those things , so although I use to try the cross things, I just didn't enjoy using them and stopped. xD
Basically the better you get at drawing what you see, the more likely you don't need them, but some people do still like to use them, and they're probably important for obscure head positions that you don't typically draw

And I know you said you want to start with profiles before bodies, but I'd personally recommend you start of with gesture drawing. (You could do gesture drawing on faces too, but it's much easier with poses) After doing that for 10-30 minutes a day, in about 1-3 weeks you should be losser with drawing be a bit more confident with your strokes which should make it easier to draw. (AT least thats how it worked for me, everybody's different.)


(lifted the lower eyelid up, after realizing the eyes might've been too big xD)
(this isn't really a tutorial of how to make the entire face work with the eyes, just showing how I personally do it)
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Posted 1/15/15 , edited 1/15/15

Heres an attempt i made at drawing mako just now, I used the cross method, 4 facial sectors. Have not really practiced eyes so the eyes are a bit.. meh.. but.. Ill prob practice those later today.


Yeah ill probably work on gestures and stuff. I was planning on getting down facial expressions within a week or so.

Thanks for the tips :3
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i use the one on the right for face with the holes repersenting where i think i want the eyes giving me a space limit but i do know a few of my friends who use the method on the left for eyes that way its easier for them it just limits you more so that there more equal and i use the model in the middle for when im drawing a whole person i essentially create a skeleton and work my way towards more details FYI i use a drawing tab with PaintToolSAI
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Some advice I read was never start drawing the head first unless the person's balance point is there. Cases where it would be the balance point is if the person is being hung or is doing a headstand.
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Posted 1/25/15
https://www.youtube.com/user/markcrilley

Check this guy out, he has great tutorials for different manga styles.
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Hope these can help. I started drawing manga when I was 10, now I'm a student artist at a college.



(These aren't my pictures, I got them off Deviantart)
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put the eye brows on your characters >:3 they l look weird without them.

I would look at a lot of artists you like. Go and find even more if you don't already have a lot.

Copy some of their stuff* keep it to yourself though. But try to get it as close to possible as the original. See how much subtle differences you can pick up.

Try to imitate styles, take for example Hiro Mashima's style (creator of Rave and Fairy Tale) and draw like Natsu's face in different emotions and angles using his style. or whoever you really like. We all start copying something.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uT_xZInet4 It's all about reference.

look up all kinds of emotions, see how many people draw them. Not just anime but maybe like disney, cartoons, w/e . You want to be able to show all kinds of emotions in portraits, that's something that can easily make your portraits stand out.


Look up real faces tool, after all this is all base off of life. Understand the form of the face, see how the face makes creases, and things move when people smile, get angry, laugh, pout , and whatever else they do. That stuff will help.


Play around draw different types of eyes, draw as many as you can think of, try using them and see if you like them in a style, same goes for like ways to do noses, shape of the head, eyebrows, hair.

again for like especially hair and the nose , real life is going to help you.

Another biggie and probably will not get mentioned play around with Line thickness and darkness. Maybe things that are closer are thicker and darker, perhaps what you want emphasized is darker, or maybe what would be in the shadow is thicker. whatever mess arounds. Same goes for coloring your lines, the lines don't have to be black and white


Learn about lighting too, again references more references. You don't want to just throw some shading just because you think there should be or maybe you just always put the same kind. You want different lighting situations. That can really make a portrait cool.

https://www.youtube.com/user/KienanLafferty/videos
He has some great stuff you can apply to any style. whenever you move onto bodies, channel will help a whole lot

If want more advice or something is unclear or whatever feel free to ask. I know it's a bit scattered hahaha


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