How to draw a female face (side view)
Follow the steps below and then try some quick sketches without the ruler; you’ll be surprised at how much better you can get after just a few practice sessions. Use the lightest amount of pressure for each step to make erasing outlines easier.
Step 1: Draw an Oval
Draw an oval and a line a little more than half the vertical diameter of the oval from the other side; in this case, the line should be at least one hundredth of the distance from the oval’s vertical center to the horizontal axis.
Step 2: Face Outline
To finish the shape of the head, connect the oval to the horizontal line; don’t worry about the jaw or chin just yet; these are just rough guidelines for a baby’s head.
Step 4: Brow, Forehead and Top of the Head
Draw a shallow curve where the CENTER LINE meets the face (I’m trying to avoid a deep curve because I don’t want to draw too much attention to the brow area) and then use the oval as a rough guide to draw the forehead.
Step 5: Nose
If you’re new to drawing noses, read my nose tutorial first. I prefer to draw the nose without the circles, but you can do so if you want. The angle of the nose depends on the face I’m drawing, but I usually draw them at a 50 degree angle.
Step 6: Mouth
When you’re finished, check to see if the chin has enough room or if it needs to be flatter in this image.
Step 7: Chin and Jawline
Keep in mind that your chin and jawline do not have to follow the exact guideline of the head/face shape. When drawing females, I prefer to give the jawlines a soft or rounded, less angular appearance.
Step 8: Neck
Drawing the neck is one of the most difficult parts of the human body to draw, so if you’re having trouble, try drawing the front and back of the neck with a pencil, rather than vertical lines, which will look unnatural.
Step 9: Eye and Eyebrow
To draw an eye from the side, form the eyebrow by following the general shape of the eye. Keep the eyebrow well below Line C for a relaxed look, or draw the eyebrows a little higher and stretch the eye up with it for a more surprised expression.
Step 10: Ear
Draw an outline for the ear from the jawline, anywhere between roughly the CENTER LINE and Line 2.
Step 11: Hair
Draw the hairline on the forehead between Lines A and B, keeping your lines extra light for the sideburns (hair between the ear and cheek), and don’t forget to give the hair some volume (for more on that, see my hair tutorial).
Experiment by Drawing Many Unique Faces
Darlene’s challenge to you is to fill an entire page in your sketchbook with female faces; once you’ve mastered it, you should be able to draw realistic and unique female faces on the spur of the moment!
How do you draw a woman’s face?
Finally, draw a faint line vertically down the middle of the face with a ruler.
- Step 2: Draw Face Guidelines. Measure the length of the face and use a straight edge to draw a ruler to the side of your drawing.
- Step 3: Draw the Eyes.
- Step 4: Nose.
- Step 5: Eyebrows.
- Step 6: Lips.
- Step 7: Ears.
- Step 8: Hair.
Where do I start when drawing a face?
Here are some portrait drawing tips:
- Start with the eyes and work your way down to the nose and mouth.
- Allow the darkness of the hair to aid in the creation of the lighter edge of the face.
How do you shade realistic faces?
To create a shadow, start shading a slightly lighter shade from the left side and move toward the center of the nose. Darker and lighter shading techniques allow you to frame the face with shadows.