Line Face Drawing

We'll first discuss Loomis' approach, which is more complex, but more accurate. If you find that this approach is a bit difficult for you, you can skip to the simpler approach further down the page. Remember, either way, the goal is to create a convincing drawing of a face so either approach you take is fine.

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Step 1 - Draw a Circle and a Cross

Of the nose by drawing three curved lines. Step Five - Draw a line which sits one third between the bottom of the nose and the bottom of the chin, this line is where the middle of the lips sit. Mapping out the Face - Before you can begin to fill in the face with it’s features you need to map out the face using a ruler and pencil.

We'll first draw a circle with two intersecting lines that connect directly in the center. The circle represents the top portion of the head. We'll use the intersecting lines to determine the locations of the facial features.

Step 2 - Draw a Square within the Circle

Next, we'll draw a square in which each corner touches the circle. This square will eventually represent the edges of the face. The top line will eventually become the bottom hairline. The bottom line will become the nose line, while the center line will become the brow line.

Step 3 - Draw the Chin

Now we'll measure the distance from the center line to the bottom line. You can use your pencil to do this. From the bottom line of the square, use this measurement to mark the location of the bottom of the chin. Then, draw the edges of the chin from each side of the square so that they connect at your marked location.

Step 4 - Locate the Eyes

Now we have the basic structure of the shape of the face in place. We'll next locate the eyes. We can use the height of the head to help us determine the location of the eyes on the face. The eyes are generally found on a line in the center of the head.

The brow line is represented by the center line that we drew in step one. So we know that the eyes should be found just below this line, in the center of the head. We can draw a line here for the 'eye line'.

Step 5 - Draw the Eyes

Now that we know where our eyes are located on the face, we can draw them. There's another measurement to keep in mind. We also should consider the width of the eyes. The width of the head, from ear to ear, generally measures the same length of five 'eyes'. This means that if we want to draw the eyes with accurate proportions, then we need to draw them so that they match this approximate measurement.

In this lesson, we're focusing only on drawing the face but if you want more instruction on drawing eyes, take a look at these lessons...

Step 6 - Locate and Draw the Nose

Moving down the face, we'll next draw the nose. The bottom of the nose can be found on the bottom line of the square that we drew in step two. The width of the nose varies from person to person, but is generally as wide as the inside corners of the eyes.

It may be helpful to draw two light lines down from the inside corners of the eyes to help you find the width of the nose.

Need a little help with drawing a nose? Take a look at these lessons...

Step 7 - Locate and Draw the Mouth

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We find the mouth slightly higher than half-way between the bottom of the nose and the chin. Of course, this measurement varies from person to person. We can draw a line to mark the positioning of the mouth.

We can use the eyes to help us determine the width of the mouth. The corners of the mouth generally align with the inside edges of the pupils. It may be helpful to draw light lines from the pupils to the 'mouth line'.

Want some instruction on drawing a mouth? Take a look at these lessons...

Step 8 - Draw the Ears

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Next, we'll draw the ears. Here again, we can use the locations of the features of the face to help us determine the location of the ears. The top of the ears will generally align with the brow line, while the bottom of the ears align with the nose line.

Keep in mind that the ears come out of the head and extend upward slightly. This means that the ears will extend outward from the head, near the eye line.

We've only sketched in a couple of loose ears for this lesson. If you want to take a closer look at drawing an ear, check out this lesson...

Step 9 - Draw the Hairline

Now we'll draw the hairline. If you're drawing someone that has long hair that overlaps the forehead, the hairline may not be visible, but it's still important to know where it's located. The hairline is found on the top edge of the square that we drew in step two.

Hairlines vary greatly from person to person. In this example, we'll draw a widow's peak pattern.

Step 10 - Draw the Hair

Now that we have the hairline in place, we can draw the hair. Shorter hair extends only slightly off of the top of the head, while longer or bushier hair may extend quite a bit. In both cases, however, the hair extends out from the head and should not be drawn directly on the head.

Want more instruction on drawing hair? Check out this lesson...

Step 11 - Add the Neck

Now we need to add a neck to our floating head. The tendency of most beginning artists is to make the neck too narrow. Generally speaking, the neck extends down from the bottom of the ears. Female necks are slightly more slender, while the necks of males are broader.

To draw the neck, we'll simply extend two lines down from the bottom of the ears.

In this very simple step-by-step drawing tutorial, I’m going to show you how to draw a face for beginners.

Scroll down the page to get a PDF version of this drawing tutorial with additional worksheets.

Many people think that this is difficult to learn how to draw a face (or a head), but in fact, it is not. If you follow the most basic tips that I have outlined in this article, you will learn to draw a face easily and quickly.


  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Eraser
  • Coloring supplies

Time needed: 30 minutes.

How to Draw a Face for Beginners

  1. Sketch the outlines of the head.

    The very first step will begin with the simplest geometric shape – a usual oval, which is the base of the face.

  2. Draw the facial guidelines.

    Draw a vertical and horizontal line that should intersect right in the middle of the oval.

  3. Draw the eyes on the face.

    On the horizontal line draw eyes in the shape of almonds with circular pupils inside them.

  4. Add the eyebrows.

    The eyebrows are usually the same size as the eyes, or slightly wider. Draw them using two thick lines.

  5. Draw the nose.

    The tip of the nose is usually located directly between the line of the eyes and the line of the chin.

  6. Draw the mouth.

    Note that the distance between the mouth, nose, and chin is almost the same.

  7. Erase the guidelines and draw the chin.

    When erasing the guidelines from the face, try not to touch the important lines of the drawing.

  8. Draw the ears.

    The upper tip of the ears is straight with the eyebrows, and the lower edge is even with the tip of the nose.

  9. Draw hair.

    We decided to choose a fairly classic hairstyle. You can repeat the outlines of the hair from our example or choose any other hairstyle.

  10. Add some final touches.

    So, the face drawing is complete. If your drawing is similar to ours, you’ve done a great job. If you don’t like something in your drawing, erase the failed lines and try again.

  11. Color the face drawing.

    Use any colors to liven up your drawing. In addition, you can try adding some shadows to make your drawing more voluminous.

Line Face Drawing

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