How to draw a female face in 8 steps

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How to Draw a Female Face

Another highly requested tutorial fresh out of the oven! This one is, again based off my original method, but with a few small changes here and there to create a female face with soft features. I’ll explain the differences in each step as we go along.

Note: Remember to use an HB pencil with light pressure for all steps so you can easily erase your guidelines in the end. I used a lot of pressure in the examples so you can clearly see what I’m doing.

I know there are a lot of measurements in this tutorial, but I think it’s very important, especially if you’re a beginner. Once you understand proportions you can try this tutorial again without the ruler method.

 

 

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How to Draw a Female Face Step 1: Face Shape

How to Draw a Female Face Step 1

Draw a circle and make a small horizontal line at the bottom for the chin. It’s position should be roughly half of the circle’s diameter vertically. This matters because the circle was drawn freehandedly, so the horizontal diameter could be different.

Females tend to have shorter chins than their male counterparts, so a long chin can display a more masculine look.

When you’re done, draw the jawline to connect the circle to the chin. Females have all sorts of face shapes, but for this example I’m going to stick with a smooth, tapered jawline that’s less angular.

Finally, use a ruler to draw a faint line down the middle of the face vertically.

 

Step 2: Draw Face Guidelines

How to Draw a Female Face Step 2

Measure the length of the face and draw a ruler to the side of your drawing using a straight edge. Then divide it into 8 equal spaces length-wise.

Label each of the ticks like the image on the left and once you’re done, use a ruler to carefully draw faint lines on the face through the ticks labelled: CENTER LINE, 2, 3, A and C.

If you’ve gone through this tutorial a few times already and want to try it without the ruler, draw your lines in this order: CENTER LINE, 2, 3 , B, A, C, essentially breaking sections of your drawing in half over and over again.

Example:

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Click here to see the SIMPLE version of this tutorial. It’s a faster method and it’s also paired with a video!

 

Step 3: Draw the Eyes

How to Draw a Female Face Step by Step 3

On the CENTER LINE, draw 4 ticks that separate the face into 5 equal spaces horizontally. If you’re like me and you drew a very narrow cheek/jaw line, you’ll want to take the full diameter of the circle into account (The two dotted lines mark the full diameter of the head).

When you draw the eyes, keep in mind that females generally have wider, more open eyes than males. If you want to learn how to draw realistic eye shapes and how to size your irises properly, visit this tutorial.

And click here for a super detailed tutorial + video on how to draw a pair of realistic eyes.

Step 4: Nose

How to Draw a Female Face Step 4

To draw the nose, extend the two lines at the inner corner of each eye all the way to Line 3. This will serve as a guideline for the nose’s width.

If you’ve already read my tutorial on drawing noses, place your circle above Line 2. I’m going to go with a short, narrow nose with a narrow bridge.

 

Step 5: Eyebrows

How to Draw a Female Face Step 5

The picture on the left shows the top of the brow bone. I added this so you can see how the eyebrows are positioned naturally in regards to the bone structure.

In the image on the right, you can see that the eyebrows are drawn below Line C. For a surprised expression, the eyebrows will be pulled up closer to Line C.

Click here if you want to learn how to draw realistic eyebrows

 

Step 6: Lips

How to Draw a Female Face Step 6

From the center of each iris, draw a vertical line all the way down to Line 3. This will give us a boundary for the mouth.

If you’ve already practiced my tutorial on drawing lips, place your triangle under the nose. The base of the triangle should be drawn inside the square. The top of the triangle should extend to wherever the bottom of the nose is.

After you’ve drawn the lips, you might feel the need to lengthen or shorten the chin so it’s more proportional to the rest of the face. This is completely normal. Happens to me all the time. That’s why it’s important to draw using faint lines so you can easily fix things.

 

Step 7: Ears

How to Draw a Female Face Step 7

The CENTER LINE and Line 2 are general boundaries for the ears. You can learn how to draw realistic ears here.

 

Step 8: Hair

How to Draw a Female Face Step 8

When drawing hair on females, keep in mind that females generally have narrower and shorter foreheads compared to males. I drew the hairline for my character well below Line A and drew more hair at the sides of the temple, making sure not to bring the hair in too close to the eyebrow.

Remember to give the hair some volume by leaving lots of space between the head and the hair. For more detailed instructions on how to draw hair, visit this tutorial.

How to Draw a Female Face

I like to do a final check before I erase all my guidelines. Check to see if the facial features need changing. Perhaps you’d like to change the nose length or eye shape.

Once you’re happy with your results, use a hard eraser to clean up all the lines. An electric eraser works very well for this kind of work.

After cleaning those lines, I like to use a kneaded eraser to dab away dark spots from where the lines intersected with my drawing.

This tutorial is focused only on structure and proportions. If you want to learn how to shade a face, visit this page.

Time to Experiment!

After you’ve grasped the drawing method above, try drawing faces without the ruler. Here are a few faces I created using rough measurements. Stretch your imagination and get comfortable with drawing faces quickly. How many faces can you draw in under 20 minutes?

How to draw female faces experiment RFA

If this tutorial was helpful to you and you’d love to see more, share it with your friends. Your support will help me produce more quality, free tutorials!

 

Other face drawing tutorials:

How to Shade a Face

NEW: How to Draw Female Face (Side View)

Part 3: Drawing Faces from the 3/4 View

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Part 1: Drawing Faces from the Front View

NEW: Simple method to draw male/female faces

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Darlene created RFA In 2013 with the goal of sharing simple yet detailed drawing tutorials with other artists on the world wide web. She is a self taught pencil portrait artist and Youtuber.

39 COMMENTS

  1. Darlene, all I can say is WOW! THANK YOU for sharing your talent with us! The way you explain make things so much easier to understand. I am so glad I stumbled upon your website after months of googling and ending up with the same tutorials I cannot work with. Even after just one day of following your instructions I have already improved and drew my first real face that looked like a face! LOL! I am so very grateful for you taking the time to do this in so much detail and thought. Your site is now open permanently on my laptop, cannot stop drawing! You are amazing!
    Thank you!

    Love Jo

    • Wow Jo, your comment is amazing! It’s comments like these that re-ignite my fire, motivating me to push through the obstacles. I love receiving feedback from my readers – this was just awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!
      If you need any help or have any questions, do let me know!

      Big warm welcome to RFA as well :)

      • Thanks so much for your reply! I have been drawing eyes using your tutorial and it’s just amazing how easy it is now. I cannot wait to try your tutorials on full body poses, I always struggle with proportions. Please continue your excellent work!

        Love Jo

  2. Wow…. I followed your instructions during my lunch hour, and produced a decent looking face! I’d always thought I was limited to stick figures… Thank you, Darlene!

  3. I love art and have a passion for drawing and just like that l found u!…. Love you tutorials…. Amazing…. Keep it up!

  4. Hi! I am Tyler. I am a 13 yr old, self taught artist, who is trying to improve. I started with anime and have recently been trying to do more realistic art. (I have alot to live up to. My mom is an amazing painter.) And this helped ALOT. I am so happy with the results. Also your tutorial was wonderful and easy to follow. Thank you SO much!

  5. Hey darlene I hav learnt a lot from yur tutorial ..and now I made few sketches. Nd impressed my girlfriend ..big thank to. Yuuuuuuuuu

  6. nice and explicit tutorial . easy to learn effectively. you are doing great job to the serve art , at least for beginners. Thanks

  7. Hi, Darlene … I am a teacher and I always wanted to learn to sketch and draw to teach my kids. Thank you for sharing and influencing me and many others to learn from your talent and share your knowledge.
    J. Rebollo
    8th-grade teacher concepts of engineering

  8. Wow ur tutorials are very helpfull thank you so much darlene God bless u n ur skills and may ur work prosper and reach ur goals and achievements

  9. Thank you so much for your time to put forward such a wonderful tutorial. My skills have gone from graass to grace. Be blessed. :)

  10. I really thank you for this clear and amazing tutorials,im just modeling to characters for 3D animation and some of your technics helped me
    .b blessed

  11. yo just wanna say thank you for all your tutorials and all the effort you put into making them for people like me. Also will you be making a link for a pdf download of this tutorial?

  12. Hello Darlene. First let me say I am starting to practice how to draw a face of a male and a female. Thank you for the technique.

  13. Hi, Searching for technics to learn how to draw faces I discovered your site; fantastic! , thanks alot. I read you intended to do an e-book on portraits. If it has been done I’d like to know where to find it.
    Kind regards Mike

    • Thanks for your interest Mike! Unfortunately, that project isn’t in the works yet. If you subscribe to my newsletter or follow me on Facebook, I’ll keep you up to date on it.

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