How to draw a beautiful anime girl with this how-to video and step-by-step drawing instructions. Anime drawing for beginners and everyone.
Please see the drawing tutorial in the video below
You can refer to the simple step-by-step drawing guide below
Step 1 – Draw Center & Top Guides
Star it by drawing a vertical line through the center of your drawing area. In this case, it will be tall enough to match the height of the head, neck, and top of the shoulders.
The purpose of this line is to act as a guide helping to ensure that both halves of the head/neck/shoulders are of a relatively even width. Then it can also help with spacing and positioning facial features.
At the top of this line draw a circle that will represent the top of the head.
Step 2 – Draw the lower part of the head
From the bottom half of the circle project two straight lines downward and toward the centerline. They then convert to curves and then follow even sharper angles to eventually merge with the curve of the chin.
Step 3 – Draw Neck / Shoulders
Makes the neck quite thin relative to the head and rather long. It will eventually move into the shoulder muscles, then into the shoulder.
A slim and long neck will help emphasize a beautiful feature.
Since this tutorial mainly focuses on faces, we won’t go into too much detail when drawing them.
Step 4 – Position the eye horizontally
To position the eyes, you can split the head horizontally like in the example above. For the “pretty girl” character, you can place your eyes a little below this halfway point. A large forehead will add a “cute” look.
Step 5 – Distance the eyes horizontally & draw their basic contours
When placing the eyes horizontally, you will want to leave enough space between them for you to fit in another eye.
When actually drawing the eyes make them rather narrow with relatively thick upper lashes.
At this stage, you can simply outline the basic shape of the eyes without drawing all the smaller details like the eyelashes.
Step 6 – Positioning & Drawing Eyebrows
From fairly high above the eyes, draw the lashes with the inner tail thicker and slightly raised. This will help give the character a certain personality.
Step 7 – Positioning & Drawing Nose
The nose should be slightly higher than the midpoint of the horizontal line for the center of the head and the lower part of the chin.
Draw the nose closer to a small oval with a slightly flatter part near the center of the face.
Step 8 – Positioning & Drawing the Mouth
Place the mouth where the lower lip (not actually drawn) will be about halfway between the bottom of the nose and the bottom of the chin.
Make the mouth quite small with a very slight downward curve. It is very important not to draw too many curves or the character may appear unsightly.
Step 9 – Positioning & Drawing Ears
Place the ears with their top slightly below the top of the eyes and their bottom slightly below the bottom of the nose. For this particular character, the ears will be drawn slightly smaller and slightly lower than recommended for other character types here on AnimeOutline.
In this case, most of the ears will be covered by feathers so there is no need to draw much of their interior.
Step 10 – Draw the sides of the hair
After placing all the facial features, you can move on to drawing the hair.
To emphasize that the character is pretty (take care of herself), we’ll give her a pretty neat hairstyle.
When drawing hair, you can think of it as divided into sides, front and back/top sections. For a more detailed explanation of this as well as examples of other hairstyles, see:
Start by drawing the “sides” of the hair. In this case, these would be two fairly long “clusters” starting around the top of the head and ending with a pair of splits just below the shoulders.
Make them slightly curved as if they are hugging the head/face and also make them slightly wide towards the bottom.
Step 11 – Draw the front of the hair
Draw the front part of the hair, parting it in the middle and tucking the sides.
Step 12 – Draw the back/top of the hair
Draw the back/top part also split in the middle. First, the hair should be slightly upward from the head towards the top, then a little closer to near the top of the sides of the head. Finally, it will again curve away from the head towards the middle/bottom of the head.
Once you’ve finished drawing the hair, you can erase the parts of the head/and ears that are covered by it.
In case you are wondering why you need to draw the full head and ears and not just start with the hair, there are several reasons for this. One is that seeing the exact size of the head makes it easier to place facial features (as demonstrated in the previous steps). Another thing is that drawing in such a way will help avoid many potential mistakes.
Step 13 – Add Small Details
After you finish drawing the outline of the hair and place all the facial features, you can draw all the small details.
In this case, they would be:
– The inner details of the eye
– Mole / Beauty mark
Although the eyes in that example are slightly different, all drawing steps can be applied to the example in this tutorial.
You can see the basic step-by-step drawing of the details of the eyes above. Please also note that the irises are grayed out just to make the highlights in the final drawing a little easier to see. If you’re going to color your eyes, you might want to make them a different color.
When you’ve finished the eyes, you can add some extra hair as in the first example.
Finally, you can also add a little mole/mole just below one eye (or other places). This will again help emphasize that the girl is as beautiful as some famous models have.
You can see a slightly larger version of the face above to make it a little easier to see.
Step 14 – Coloring the drawing
Before you start coloring your character, it’s important to note that if doing so on paper, you may want to leave some white spots for highlights in your hair (see next step). If coloring digitally, it’s easier to add highlights at the end.
As for the actual color selection, you can go with many potential options. In this case we’ll give her pretty light blonde hair and free colored blue eyes.
Step 15 – Shading & Finishing the Drawing
For some very basic shadows, you can add shadows in the most common places. In this case, they would look like this:
– Small shadows around eyelids
– Small shadow underneath the eyelashes (created by the eyelashes)
– Very small shadow on one side of the nose
– Fully shaded ears
– Large shadow on neck in o-chin shape (cast head)
Completely shade the inner part of the hair between the head/neck and side hair
As mentioned earlier, you can also add some hair highlights like white zigzag lines on the hair. As suggested earlier, you can simply leave this area white and then paint around it. Alternatively, you can use white pens to add them on top or do it digitally.
As mentioned at the start of the tutorial, female anime characters tend to be cute by default so it can be hard to draw one that is supposed to be beautiful. However using the proportions and facial feature placement in this tutorial can help create such a character.
The large forehead adds to the “cuteness” while the big but slightly narrower (than common in anime) eyes give her a bit of a more mature face. The raised eyebrows with the downwards curved mouth gives just a tiny bit of “condescending” look (not necessarily negative), sort of like a queen or someone of the upper class. At the same time it’s still a fairly relaxed and natural looking expression.