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 3: Make a Ruler
Make a ruler on the side of your drawing the length of the head. Don’t draw it too close to the face because you want to leave room for the nose. Divide your ruler into 8 equal spaces and use a straight edge to draw lines from each tick through the head. Keep your lines light because they’ll be difficult to erase later.
Step 4: Brow, Forehead and Top of the Head
Let’s start drawing the top portion 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, so I’m just trying to keep it looking soft and subtle. Once that’s done, draw a slight bump for the brow and then use the oval as a rough guide to draw the f.
Step 5: Nose
I prefer to draw my noses without the circles, but you can use that technique if you want. I like to draw my noses at a medium length, keeping the tip of the nose under Line 1. The angle of the nose varies depending on the face I’m drawing, but I usually draw them at a 50 degree angle.
Step 6: Mouth
Form a natural curve that dips down through Line 2 and wraps back in towards the face, creating a full top lip. The corner of the mouth should not extend too far past the nostril. After that, check to see if there’s enough space for the chin or if there’s way too much space. Adjust the lips accordingly to prepare for the chin.
Step 7: Chin and Jawline
Remember that your chin and jawline do not have to follow the exact guideline of the head/face shape; instead, extend the jawline beyond the vertical line that runs down the center of the face. When drawing females, I prefer to make the jawline soft or rounded, rather than angular.
Step 8: Neck
Draw the front and back of the neck, avoiding vertical lines and straight lines, as they will appear unnatural.
Step 9: Eye and Eyebrow
Draw a vertical line from the corner of the lip to the CENTER LINE, and the eye should be drawn where those two lines meet. For more information on drawing an eye from the side, see this tutorial. Form the eyebrow by following the general shape of the eye. Keep the eyebrow well below Line C for a relaxed look, or a little higher for a more surprised expression.
Step 10: Ear
Draw an ear outline from the jawline, anywhere between the CENTER LINE and Line 2. Learn How to Draw Ears
Step 11: Hair
Draw the hairline on the forehead between Lines A and B. When drawing the hair on the sideburns (hair between the ear and the cheek), keep your lines extra light because females have very sparse sideburns. Don’t forget to give the hair some volume; for more on that, see my hair tutorial.
Experiment by Drawing Many Unique Faces
When you’re ready, try drawing some faces without the ruler on the side. The examples below are very sloppy, as you can see if you look closely. Once you get the hang of it, you should be able to draw realistic and unique female faces on the spur of the moment! My challenge to you is to fill an entire page in your sketchbook with rows and rows of faces.
How do you draw a woman’s face step by step?
Let’s get started learning how to draw a girl’s face.
- Step 2 u2014 Draw the Ears.
- Step 3 u2014 Add Hair to the Face.
- Step 4 u2014 Next, Draw the Eyes.
- Step 5 u2014 Then, Draw the Nose.
- Step 6 u2014 Draw a Bright Smile on the Face.
- Step 7 u2014 Next, Add an Eyebrow.
- Step 8 u2014 Add a Blush to the Cheeks.
How do I get a better side profile?
How to Take Better Side Portraits
- Find your subject’s best side.
- Carefully compose your shot.
- Dress up your subject.
- Experiment with different poses and expressions.
- Shoot from various angles.