How to draw faces: male
Since we already have a female face tutorial, I thought it would be a good idea to give the men some exposure. Here's a tutorial on how to draw a male face. The same principles apply as with the female face tutorial. I'll note a few differences.
Before starting this tutorial please check out these helpful tips.
I used Photoshop to draw this, but you can use a pencil and paper.
Our smexy reference:
A few differences to note between male and female faces:
- The jaw is angular
- The brows are thick and bushy
- The neck (if you are going to add it) is thicker and stronger
- An Adam's apple is visible in most cases
- He has a beard
See if you can spot any more differences on your own.
Basic facial construction:
Step 1. Copy the basic construction onto your paper. (If you're using pencil and paper don't press too hard – you'll need to erase these lines later.) Draw the oval (not circle) then cut it in half horizontally and vertically. You may use a ruler. These two lines indicate where the eyes and nose will go. Cut the bottom half of the circle in half again. Then cut the remaining bottom section into thirds. These lines indicate where the nose and lips will go.
Step 2. Place the nose. Refer to your reference picture to get an idea of what the bottom part of the nose looks like. It has a half circle in the middle and two skewed half-circles at the sides. Don't worry about detail at this stage. Use the nose as a guideline for your eyes. The outer edges of your nose (the two skew half-circles) indicates where the inner corners of the eyes go. Use guidelines. When you draw your eyes keep in mind that the space between the eyes should be wide enough to fit in another eye. Refer to your reference to get an idea of the shape of the eyes.
Eyebrows: The inner corners of the eyebrows start right above the inner corners of the eyes. Also they have the same starting height. Use guidelines.
Mouth: We need the irises as a guide for the mouth. Add the irises and pupils into the eyes if you haven't already. The corners of the mouth are right below the inner sides of the irises. Have I mentioned yet that you should use guidelines?
Step 3. Now that the guy looks ugly as hell, let's erase the guidelines in an attempt to make our creation a little prettier and uncluttered.
Wow! It actually looks almost human now.
Step 4. Give the face shape. Work around the edges, erase parts of the oval and add in the cheek bones, jaw line and hair line.
Step 5. Add mouth detail. Refer to your reference picture.
Step 6. Detail the eyes. Remember the irises and pupils are not fully visible; parts of it are hidden by the upper and lower lids. Draw in the eye lids. Use loose, brushy strokes for the eyebrows.
Step 7. Clean up the lines in the nose area. Add bushy nose hairs.... (just kidding). You can use a little bit of shading to bring out the shape of the nose. Pay attention to your line weight (thickness).
Step 8. Draw the ears. Usually if it's a full frontal view the bottom of the ears will align with the bottom of the nose, but in this picture it seems the man's head is slightly tilted downward. So put the ears a little higher than the nose. Again, refer to the reference picture. If you suck at drawing ears, like I do, don't worry too much about detail. We can always use the hair to cover it up *wink wink*.
Step 9. The hair! My favorite part. Don't worry, everything doesn't have to be precise.You can improvise and even give him Dragonball Z hair if you want.
Step 10. Almost done. Let's add some highlights to the eyes. And give the lips shape by adding in some shading. Add shading on the teeth as well.
Step 11. If you know how, add shading to bring out the forehead, nose and cheeks. For the beard, try not to draw a solid outline - just do rough, random strokes. If floating heads freak you out (as they well should) add a neck.
And that's it. Don't be let down if your picture does not look exactly like the reference – as long as it looks human and male, you've succeeded. Keep practicing. Draw, draw, draw – that is the only way to improve.
“An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.” - Charles Horton Cooley
For a tutorial on how to draw a nose see this page.
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BarakiEl's favourite things to do include creating digital art, listening to music, playing computer games and spending time with her husband. She works from home as a freelance desktop publisher, colourist and illustrator.
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Posted in: Art by BarakiEl on November 17, 2010 @ 1:22 pm
Tags: drawing a face, drawing faces, how to draw a face, how to draw a person, how to draw faces, how to draw males
Facial expressions are pretty hard to do... for some reason, your drawn guy looks almost slightly angry, while the original photo doesn't. Maybe something to do with the eyebrows? I think they're a tiny bit more tilted than the photo. 😛
Awesome hair btw.
This drawing is really good! ;D
Wow, um mine looks like a freaky puppet on steriods...but,you know,yours is...um...pretty?!
The question mark isn't saying it isn't pretty, im just saying what would you call a drawing? Sexy, beautiful, fantastic, i don't know! Anyways,the point is it is pretty... i am like not dissing you or anything! Whew!Got that off my chest.
Haha, oh dw, I understand 🙂 I wouldn't mind if you dissed me though, my pic doesn't look like the original. The main thing was just to show the process 🙂 Ty for your comments, hehe.
Yeah, i am done now so...umm...Goodbye! 🙂
Mine looks like shit. T_T
lol just keep practising 🙂
I could probably draw that, I've been doing it for most of my life 🙂
Wow... It is just plain scary how realistic that looks. 0.0 Whenever I try that it just ends up looking, i don't know, alien. You must be some super-talented superhuman or something 😛
awesome explaning and drawing
that is so cool
it worked perfect
great sit trying to figure out wat to give my boyfriend this was the perfect gift a drawing of him thanx luv u
Wow, that's a good idea. Maybe I should draw something for my hubby... Glad I could help 🙂
Your drawing is amazing.. mine not so much -_-
oh noes :O
Thanks for the tutorial, I'm pretty proud of the one I did. 🙂
That's good to know 🙂 and yw.
Thank you so much, a very nice drawing, it helped me alot! 🙂
It was fascinating to the face go from androgynous to male!! That was pretty cool, actually. I wil have to share this post with my daughter who loves to draw!
this was a little bit hard but when i got finished it turned out perfect thanks so much have a good day
hard and annoying it not easy to draw a face
awesome.i just want to draw my face and gift it to my gf but it seems too difficult.
I Like the face I'm gona try.When i am finish i put it on
Paul SOUTH AFRICA
Yeap, send the link when you're done, would love to see!
Sooo, mine looks a bit like a hobo. Kinda dirty and old. How do I keep that rugged masculinity while ridding the picture of its grubbiness?
Thank you, very helpful 🙂
This was amazing! Thank you so much for this. Definitely helpful; I drew Niall Horan (yes I know sorry), and it turned out surprisingly well! Hair is hard though, and I drew his eyes too close together... THANKS!
this is really good training.definitely very helpfull.thank you so much.
So easy it's boring!
I used this picture for my hums project, hope its not copyright xD
so easy skills r better than last time
hi uuummmmm well mine looks just like yours exept the hair eyes nose mouth eyebrows ears and shape of the head it basicly looks like c3po from star wars