How to draw female face

How to draw female face. Learn how to draw a head and female portrait, woman face instruction easy to follow step by step tutorial start from line draw to finished shading with pencil. Here is another attempt to create a how to draw beautiful female portrait facial feature.
In this tutorial you will learn in depth of the following

  • Learn how to create facial construction
  • Learn how to measure where eyes, nose, and mouth are located on facial feature.
  • Learn how to effectively draw beautiful eyes, nose, and lips.
  • Learn how to draw and shade light and shadow on portrait.

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

This is a final drawing tutorials how to draw female face.  A head or face tutorial this time I use graphite or pencil (2b to 5b are the range of blackness I personally like) . I am going to go very basic on this one from start to finish including a bit of pencil rendering.

draw woman face

draw woman face tutorial

Below is a step by step how to draw female’s portrait.
On this one I shorten some basic beginning up a bit.
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 basic face

how to draw basic face

3) 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. 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.
4) Now I add in eyebrows and hair indication, 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.

learn to draw girl face

learn to draw girl face

5) 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.
6) 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.

how to draw female face

how to draw female face

7) 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.
8) 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 (for more detail on drawing eye go to How to draw eyes video tutorial), under the nose, under the upper lip, and above the chin (underneath the lower lip).

learn to draw female portrait

learn to draw female portrait

9) Now I start to finalize the drawing from area to area, begin with her left eye. Then from here I use the existing value of this particular area to compare to the rest of the final rendering.

Then I go for the other eye, and compare value (always compare value for the rest of the drawing).
10) 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 (more detail on drawing nose go to How to draw nose video tutorial), lips (How to draw lips in detail), and chin.

learn to draw realistic face

learn to draw realistic face

11) Now I have the whole face render, and I have to do the same for hair. (Darker hair has stronger contrast and hight light, and lighter hair usually have less contrast.)
12) 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. For hair video tutorial go to How to draw hair.

draw female face tutorial

draw female face 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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21 Responses to How to draw female face

  1. Suniii says:


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  3. rocknchic says:

    you are the bomb bro!!;)

  4. Mikey66 says:

    Xia, amazing site man! I really dig it.

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  10. Ali says:

    My appreciation to all employees on this site

  11. Popageorge says:

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  14. Minnie says:

    This REALLY helped :) .. as in i was stuck in anime style :/ i swear ! now i’m hear drawing face after face of realistic women :) THANKYEW

  15. Xia! it would be awsome if you could do a premium tutorial video about how to draw diffrent kind of facial expressions!

  16. Xia Taptara says:

    Draw more and you will. I’ve been drawing for a long time and professionally over 10 years for GuildWars and Disney.

  17. Bizo2010 says:

    OmG wish i can do it like here i tried it triple times for 12 hours and everytime i get it wrong :S :S :S

  18. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa says:

    Thanks for the advice – really helped with the face :)

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