How to draw face

How to draw face.  Learn drawing woman and girl face (or I should say a woman or female facial figure, portrait in correct term.), Learn to draw Face, How to lesson step by step realistic face online lesson.  This tutorial will guide you through an easy to follow instruction on how to draw a face.  We will be drawing eyes, nose, lips or mouth, eyebrows and all the facial construction.
BELOW are step by step still images instruction on how to draw face.  Then we will also have a video tutorial down at the bottom of the post to walk you through the drawing process instruction.
This is not by any mean the ONLY way to draw face. This tutorial I present just show you how I personally and usually do it step by step. There is also a video instruction at the bottom of the post.

Here is a video instruction tutorial how to draw face and basic foundation.

How to draw face in different angels and directions. (part 2)

How to shade a portrait drawing the easy and correct way. (part 3)

how to draw face video tutorial

how to draw face video tutorial

This video has more detail on drawing one face.

You can also check out the Premium +2 hours video tutorial on How to draw portraits.

how to draw face

how to draw face

Here is the final drawing of a girl’s face.

Follow step by step drawing instruction along with the images
1) I usually start with an egg shape drawing, very old school and traditional and it quick for me. On this one I am going to angle it a bit so the face will be 3/4 instead of the frontal shot. Always attach the neck and a bit of shoulder with the head when doing face, it gives you more of an illusion of this is part of a person. When you see an illusion of this is a part of a person, you will do a better job filling the rest in, instead of just an outline of egg shape or oval.
2) Imagine a flat plane on front surface of an egg, think in three dimension, then draw two vertical lines along the edge of your imaginary plane. After that, draw a vertical line to split the flat plane in half from top to bottom. Then draw a horizontal line to divide the top and bottom distance in half. This horizontal line would be where humans eyes should be, they are usually right in the middle of the face horizontally. But most of the time we don’t really see that because our hair deceives us.

how to draw face step 1

how to draw face step 1-4

3) This step, I add two more horizontal line on top and bottom of the existing one. These line will help me indicate how tall should the eyes be in comparison to the rest of the face.
Another mark for the bottom of her nose, it is half way in between the first horizontal line and the bottom of her chin. And again in between the nose mark and the bottom of the chin half way should be where her mouth is.

4) Now, I draw the eyes, it should no be taller than the distance of the top and bottom horizontal lines that I added on to the first horizontal. I draw the corner of both eyes in relation to the first eye’s indication line. Also the distance between the two eyes should equal one eye. So when you draw, imagine there is an invisible eye in between them. Then I begin to draw the nose, notice that I did not draw the whole nose. Why? Because in reality when you see the whole nose you tempt to draw the whole nose as you see. But if you paint a lot or draw a lot from life (especially in painting). You will notice, from squinting to find value in painting or rendering, that the value of the physical nose compare to the rest of the face is not at its darkest value to be able to put them in line drawing. If you were to draw a simple face which using black or darkest value to define the line drawing. The only part of the nose that should appear in line drawing should only be the bottom of the nose. Go watch How to draw nose for more detail. Because that’s where it casts the shadow as strong as a person eyes’ line, eyelashes, and lips. (Make sense?) Then I finish this one off with the upper lips.
I also make the mark on the right side of the head where the top part of her ear should be (same level as eyes). Then another for ear lobe, it should be a bit above the nose mark.

how to draw face step 2

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5) Clean up the construction lines.

6) Now I add in eyebrows, the head of the eyebrow be about the same distance as the eye’s corner horizontally, but the tail can be longer. Then I add a line to suggest her lower lip.

7) Now I draw some hair indication around the top of her skull. Some of it should cover top half of the skull or a bit less if she should pull her hair back. Then I put in an ear.

8) After all the frame work is done, now I can start to go in and tighten up some of the facial feature, I usually like to begin with her eyes.

how to draw face step 9 to 12

9) Then I work my way down to her nose, lip and such, but nothing too dark, just light rendering to get all the indication of feature detail down first.

10) Now, I am just indicating where would I place my shadow areas if the light coming from in front of the face. At this stage, I render very lightly just so that I know where to place darkest dark on the final rendering.

11) Then I fill in her hair and render a little bit.

12) Since I think the overall face looks ok, now I am going to finalize the drawing. The usual areas where shadow hits the darkest dark are eye sockets, under the nose, under the upper lip, and above the chin (underneath the lower lip). Go see How to draw lips for more detail on mouth. The mid tone shadow are usually appeared on the side of her face and under her cheekbone (see as illustrate below).

how to draw face step 13 to 16

13) Now I start to finalize the drawing from area to area, begin with her left eye. Go watch How to draw eyes for more detail on eyes drawing and shading. Then from here I use the existing value of this particular area to compare to the rest of the final rendering.

14) Then I go for the other eye, and compare value (always compare value for the rest of the drawing).

15) After I get both eyes, then I begin to work on the rest of the face start with the darkest value like around the nose, lips, and chin.

16) Now I have the whole face render, and I have to do the same for hair. For more detail go watch How to draw hair. (Darker hair has stronger contrast and hight light, and lighter hair usually have less contrast.)

how to draw face

how to draw face

17) Now the whole face is done, all I have left to do is to finish up the background to make it a little more appealing. So I scribble in the background to make the white on her face pop out even more. You can also check out the Premium +2 hours video tutorial on How to draw portrait. And we are finish.

Check out our How to draw portraits Premium Drawing portrait tutorial below (over 2 hours long)
-Over 2 hours of Video tutorials, included 5 Chapters
-Full Length tutorial on How to draw and sketch Female Portraits Front view, Three quarter, and profile. In Depth & Intuitive!

How to draw portraits

How to draw portraits Premium video tutorial

How to draw portraits Premium tutorial.

More of our PREMIUM Video Tutorials: Over 2-3 Hours of in dept Lessons!
Face  Constructed: How to draw faces
Face Constructed: How to paint portraits

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– How to draw nose.
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– How to draw comics man face.

Hope that helps.
Good luck and have fun with the tutorial.

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About Xia Taptara

Xia Taptara (黃曉聲 Huang XiaoShēng), currently a freelance concept artist for games and films, formerly a character concept artist for ArenaNet/NCsoft (GuildWars & Guildwars 2). I also work on various projects for Game of Thrones, Square-Enix, Paizo Publishing, Fantasy Fight Games, Disney Interactive, and many publishers & clients. I use Wacom Tablet Intuos and Photoshop CS2,3,4,5 to do most of my professional art work. I use pencil, pen, and traditional medium in my free time. I founded ( in 2007 to motivate myself to create more and better art. Also I get to draw and paint whatever the hell I want to. Hopefully I can inspired some young soul and old soul alike. *QUESTIONS & COMMENT: PLEASE POST THEM ON THE BLOG. Or CONTACT ME via idrawgirls Facebook page. DO NOT E-MAIL ME. Thank you. ;-)
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23 Responses to How to draw face

  1. Jackthedipper says:

    Hey is your Premium how to draw female faces made for bloody beginners? i draw a lot when i was a little bit younger, but the last time i just learned from books which just told me “draw 500 cubes in different forms blabla.

  2. Xia Taptara says:

    Watch all my video on face/portrait drawing. You don’t need to get good at all angles, just be great at 3-5 angels, you can do a lot of things with that. And most of all draw daily at least a few hours.

  3. Ash says:

    I have a 2 questions. What tips can you give in keeping features consistent when turning in different angles? Second, what regimen would you suggest to improve on drawing faces?

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  7. Xia Taptara says:

    No problem buddy

  8. Gustavo says:

    Thanks man. You’re awesome.

  9. Xia Taptara says:

    No problem, glad it helps

  10. Xia Taptara says:

    Thanks, glad you did.

  11. Saba says:

    That worked awesomely !!! thanks;)

  12. Fang YU HU says:

    Do you have a book about that ?

  13. Lord Voldemort says:

    i have always wanted to learn to draw. but ive never been able to get a grip on realism! but i discovered your website and im happier than ever because i can finally draw! this has changed me and i love it

  14. George Trialonis says:

    Hi Xia, I am an old soul and would like to thank you for what you do to inspire others. I wish I had found you ten years earlier, but I promise to learn as much as I can from you. Thank you very much!

  15. Marc OKelly says:

    As soon as I get a new job I’m buying all these tutorials

  16. Xia Taptara says:

    Glad you did want to be better artist. I am making this blog for the same purpose. Thank you for the kind regards and hope you are keeping up with the drawing and painting.

  17. Xia Taptara says:

    Thank you kindly. I am glad, we can get you back on to what you love to do. Good luck and keep it up.

  18. Pilot Bear says:

    I love to draw, but for the last 40-years I thought I was destined to just be a doodler. A friend showed me your website and you have completely challenged me to do more. I will likely stay amature, but you have rekindled my love affair with drawing. Thank for your help!!

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  21. Tessa_jones24 says:

    You are an amazing artist… Just wanted to let you know you really inspire me to become better at drawing. Your tutorial videos instantly made a huge difference for me!
    You’re a Great teacher, very well explained, beautiful drawings! (Who cares about the auto focus!stop apologizing so much 😉 ) I love your blog!
    I want to thank you deeply for passing on your work. You are amazing for doing this!
    So Thank you, peace :) from Amsterdam

  22. Abel_sc_al says:

    Please call the program as where you draw ..

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