This lesson will teach you how to draw a face using the side. This is part of our series on Drawing a Face From All Angles.

First, learn the proportions for the head to help you draw a face. This will allow you to draw a face accurately and give it a realistic appearance.

If you know the basic proportions and have all the art materials you need, let’s start the lesson by drawing a face from the side.


Step 1

You should begin with the basic shapes and dimensions of the head. The head reminds us of an inverted egg, as we’ve said before. Draw the outline of this inverted egg. Draw the contours of your neck at the same time.


Step 2

Next, draw the guidelines that you will use to later portray the facial features. Sketch out an eye line running through the middle of the head. Next, draw the location of your nose, mouth, hairline, and hairline using short lines. On a horizontal line, mark the outer and inner edges of your eye.

Step 3

Now, it’s time for you to add the features to your face. Draw the contours of the forehead and browbone. Next, draw the bridge and nose. This is what we discussed in our How to Draw a Nose from the Side.

Step 4

Draw the wing of your nose using a few smooth lines. Next, draw the outline of the lips. Do not forget to compare all parts of your drawing when drawing a face. This is important to avoid getting lost in the proportions or making mistakes.

Step 5

As shown in the example, draw the borders of your lips. In our How to Draw Lips From the Side, we discussed in detail how to portray them from this angle. Then, continue drawing the chin along the lines of the silhouettes of the lips.

Step 6

Next, draw a line of hair growth from the above-mentioned guidelines. Draw a visible eyebrow with a few simple lines. It is easy to make mistakes when presenting a face from the side. You can avoid this by looking at your work in the mirror occasionally.

Step 7

Now draw the eye. The first step is to draw the outline of the upper and lower eyelids. The lower eyelid should be slightly darker. Draw the contours of the folds around your eyes. This will make the face drawing appear more real and convincing.

Step 8

Draw the pupil. The pupil’s top and bottom should be covered slightly by the eyelids. Next, draw the hair texture by using lots of very short lines. You can create eyebrows and eyes with many different shapes. Don’t be discouraged if your drawings don’t look exactly like the example.

Step 9

Now, it’s time for you to draw your hair. Sketch the outline of your hairstyle. Next, create the hairstyle with smooth lines. The hair should be longer at the top than it is at the bottom. You can also draw other hairstyles and add details like a beard.

Step 10

Draw the contours of your ear. The ear’s top should be as high as your eyebrow, and the bottom should be as high as your nose tip. You can also visit our lesson How to Draw an Ear to see more details about how to draw an eye.

Step 11

You have probably already read our ear drawing guide. Let’s recap the process in a few words. The contours of the upper and lower cartilages should be drawn first. As shown in the example, the lines of the ear cartilages must be very smooth.

Step 12

The hair texture adds some dimension to your hairstyle. It is important to sketch the hair from roots to ends. This will make it look more natural and fuller. Smooth lines are best. The contours should be created around the neck and jaw muscles.

Step 13

You can remove any unneeded guidelines from your face drawing. You can add volume to your drawing by making the lines closer to the center darker than those at the edges. Take a look at our example and identify any mistakes.

Step 15

It’s time to draw shadows if there are no errors in your face drawing. Start adding shadows to the darkest areas using smooth and even hating. Then, move on to the lighter areas. You can paint the pupils by leaving some highlights.

You can explore the topic of drawing faces and improve your drawing skills by trying different angles.

You can also explore the anatomy of the face. We discussed the anatomy of the face in facial anatomy and the details that are most important to an artist.

This article will help to make sense of the parts of a human face and to reproduce them on paper.


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