Face Other Angles

Here is a quick look at drawing the head from more dramatic angles. The trick here will be thinking 3-D and being able to rotate the basic construction shapes in your mind's eye. This may take some getting used to.

There are infinite angles from which to draw, but once you are proficient at rotating objects in your head, the process will become easier. Then you can handle drawing heads from any point of view.

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Expressions

If you want the characters you draw to stir any emotion in the viewer, then a firm grasp of facial expression is imperative. Many artists study their own faces in a mirror when trying to capture a particular look. Creating an expressive face is mostly about understanding the muscles around the eyes and mouth. In the following examples, pay close attention to the interplay between these two areas.

This is a standard, almost neutral expression. The character is neither overly happy nor anxious. The subdued grin indicates some little thing has somehow satisfied these characters.

If you are a fan of a particular manga, then you might like to create your own comics based on the real thing. Amateur art of this nature is known as doujinshi (doh-jeen-shee) and is quite popular. Roughly translated, it means "same stuff, different people."

If you are a fan of a particular manga, then you might like to create your own comics based on the real thing. Amateur art of this nature is known as doujinshi (doh-jeen-shee) and is quite popular. Roughly translated, it means "same stuff, different people."

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Expressions

A character looks excited because his eyes are wide open, eyebrows are raised and the mouth is gaping. Draw the irises small to emphasize the wideness of the eyes.

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