How to draw face side view

How to draw face side view. Here is another portrait sketch study practice of a female side view. I usually start with basic geometry shape, for face, I use a circle but when you draw it out you should treat it as sphere. Then I draw a triangular shape below on one side of the sphere. Then I draw a horizontal line across the circle about half the height. Then the distance from the line to the bottom of the chin, half way in between that you could establish the bottom of the nose. Then half way between the bottom of the nose to chin, you will find where you could place a mouth.
Then on the horizontal line itself, you can draw another line underneath it parallel to the first one. And that would be the estimated distance of the eye’s height. Anyway here is a final piece of the sketch.

draw portraits side view

draw portraits side view

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Below is the instruction how to draw people face side view step by step.
1) I start with an circle shape drawing (Same as the front), but this one I am going to draw a frontal shot.
2) Then I add a triangle shape in middle of the bottom to make a chin. But this time move the triangle all the way to the left (or right) *see arrow.
3) The I drew a horizontal to divide the circle in half. This horizontal line would be where humans eyes should be, they are usually right in the middle of the face horizontally. There is no need for vertical line because you already have the left edge of the outline of the circle + triangle and that’s where the nose and lips should line up in relation to the face. The I make the nose (bottom) mark and the mouth line. (The nose should be place half way in between the horizontal line and the bottom edge line of the circle. The mouth usually half way between the nose and chin.)
4) After I have all the important facial feature mark, I go in and tighten up the line drawing. When you draw the nose, just imagine drawing a triangle edge with curve in (convect) just a little bit or however you prefer it to look. Then the upper lip should be more outward or pronounce than the lower lip. Also connect the line from the bottom of the nose to the upper lips (make it a bit slope, not vertical)

how to draw person face side view

how to draw person face side view

5) At this stage I begin to draw hair line starting from her forehead. Then I added her neck in.
6) Continue the hairline to frame her face. Make it simple in big clumps of hair, simplify big clump of hair and don’t focus on individual hair itself (I might do a tutorial on this later.)
7) The top of the head should be additional half a circle tall, measure from the top of the existing circle. Then I continue to tighten up the line draw a bit more.
8) It looks fin, then I clean up the construction lines. Done!

draw woman face side view

draw woman face side view

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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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10 Responses to How to draw face side view

  1. Sarai Denis says:

    the girl looks like mila kunis

  2. maria says:

    not so helpful but thnx anyways! :)

  3. Xia Taptara says:

    Good job! and Congratz! Once you know how, it is easier than you think. Cheers!

  4. anna says:

    i thought it would be really hard to draw but for me it was easy

  5. anna says:

    the picture looks super cool

  6. Xia Taptara says:

    Using the same measuring method, but flip the side. You could probably implement it yourself since I’ve already show you one side.

  7. An English Artist says:

    The side tutorials all face the left, is there any of a male facing right?

  8. Andres Ruiz says:

    Truly amazing! thanks for this!
    Your style reminds me of Ashley Wood…

  9. a young artist says:

    Wow, this was amazingly helpful! Thanks!

  10. Angelica A. says:

    Thanks! This was really helpful.

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