How to Sketch Anime Faces

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STEP 1. We are taking a shortcut in the guidelines. Draw the hexagon housing Misaki's face. Now draw the circle bisecting line and jaw guidelines. See how far the larger Usui's guidelines are from Misaki. Now draw in his circle bisecting lines, including eye, jaw, and shoulder lines. Sketch them with a No. 2 pencil. Remember to do it lightly for easy erasure.   STEP 2. Lightly sketch in the blush lines on both faces. Draw in Usui'a eyes. You don't have to leave spaces in the upper eyelid (you can erase them later).   STEP 3. Draw in both faces mouths and jawline. Make sure to include Usui's laughter tears, ears and spiked hair.   STEP 4. Lightly sketch in her hair. Give a curve to the spiked hair. Observe how the hair frames her face.   STEP 5. I wanted to add her headdress ruffles as a separate step so you can focus drawing it without distraction.   STEP 6. Sketch in his spiked bangs and hair. Take your time to sketch the shapes.   STEP 7. Anime is a whole new thing for me. I figured out this hexagon with the pointer is like a cartoon dailog bubble identifying the speaker. So Misaki is talking to Usui while he's lost it! It'll be easier to use a ruler for the straight lines.   STEP 8. Last but not least, sketch in his shoulders and chain.   STEP 9. Your drawing may look like this or you might have your own version. At this point, you can color in your picture with a medium of your choice   STEP 10. Here is the basic color combination of Usui laughing out loud. shirt. Following this step are tips on sketching/drawing anime faces.   STEP 11. Here are Usui's different mood expressions. This shocked me because I didn't know moods were expressed with different shapes and forms. The first picture is the same Usui boyishly uninterested. The second top is him feeling happy and boyish. Yep, he's sooo cute. The lower is him mysterious (deeply shadowed upper face) and dangerous (notice--no mouth). He's almost like in stealth mode. The last is a Chibi style (distorted large head and eyes with tiny body of 2 heads tall)... yeah... Usui did an Oops! He got in trouble with Misaki and she knocked him totally out of the building. These characters being themselves are complex and wonderful.   STEP 12. Guess what? Since this is learning how to do anime faces, here's a chance to draw Usui's expressions. These steps will be very short. Draw one or all to your liking.   STEP 13. Here's the guideline shortcut that includes Usui's expressions.   STEP 14. Here's the line drawings for you to compare with. Enjoy!   STEP 15. Now Misaki's expressions are featured. First picture is her natural state--pretty girl. Yep, the second top is what Usui comes against and anyone else she is about to devour! The third picture is her in shock. I'm amazed how the blank blindfold look represents the emotions of shame, embarrassment. Here is Misaki is angry, perturbed, and under stress, represented by drops of sweat and that furious look--loving it!   STEP 16. You have a chance to draw Misaki's expressions too. You can draw one or all, whichever you'd like.   STEP 17. Here's the shortcut step. You might need to click on the picture to see it better.   STEP 18. Here's Misaki's line drawings for you to compare with. Enjoy!   STEP 19. These are some basic Anime Types (so many) what type of audience it is made for. CHIBI-Japanese for small child. Head is larger than body, and body is equal to head or smaller. Express crazy emotions, like wavy arms, heart beating out of chest. SHOUJO/SHONEN-Romance, magic, animals make this anime fitting for girls. Shoujo is pastel, soft, light colors, like Kiachou wa Maid-Sama. Shonen is bright & bold colors, features guys with spiked hair, like Dragonball Z or Naruto. MECHA-features robots, machines, science fiction, and large scale battles. GEKIGA-"dramatic pictures," is known as the dark drawing style of the anime world. Gekiga is often bloody in its portrayal of the everyday lives of ninjas and assassins. BISHOUNEN-Pretty boy! features stylish men as the protagonists. The men have long hair, trendy clothes and feminine facial features along with a slight build. ANTHROMORPHIC-Anthromorphic anime is an anime style that features animals with human characteristics. I'll leave MokonaFlower's quote on all of this: "LoveTheNekos is so good she has her very own style. Moe means "cute" in japanese, like kawaii. Shonen is manga for boys. Shoujo is for girls!" For a more extensive look at anime styles, try this website:   STEP 20. Last but not least, I want to show you how great a pencil is. And you can get these same effects with a regular No. 2 pencil. The first picture shows how to hold your pencil for Overhand (great for writing & details) and Underhand (great for shading large areas in wide strokes). You can practice tone shading and take it a step further with the Tone Exercise. I'm closing now. Let me know what you think of this tutorial. I love hearing from you. Fav, comment, or click on "Love it," to show your support! Luv and hugs to you all!   Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. Step 6. Step 7. Step 8. Step 9. Step 10. Step 11. Step 12. Step 13. Step 14. Step 15. Step 16. Step 17. Step 18. Step 19. Step 20.