Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login


Submitted on
February 20, 2011
Image Size
1.4 MB


55,649 (8 today)
3,842 (who?)
1,136 (1 today)
The Head Guide Study by Jotaku The Head Guide Study by Jotaku
Edit: I would like to say that I am in no way perfect, that I still make mistakes, and am still growing!
With a lot of manga/anime you see the mouth halfway between the nose and chin. Now, this is sort of true, but sorta not; it's actually halfway between the nosetip and chin. The more common measurement (and kinda easier) is that the mouth is 1/3rd of the way down between the bottom of the nose and chin.

Too lazy to edit the image. >w<

I was drawing with a friend on openCanvas, trying to give tips and techniques onto the measurements on heads and how things relate to each other and stuff like that.
As I was doing it, I found myself figuring out some interesting things myself.
I decided to do a head study/tutorial to try and help people draw heads better.

Please note that I am entirely unprofessional and these are just things I have learned through years of drawing, tips from others, and art classes. My techniques and such may not be entirely correct, but they are things I have noticed and am pointing out.

If you have any questions or can't read my handwriting, let me know and I will try to answer and explain anything you need.

I hope this is a little helpful.
Add a Comment:
S7alker117 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is truly cool!

Thank you for sharing. I'm trying to learn how to draw anime-ish style for a future project, but I realize I need to learn an aweful lot still. These things really help a lot. :)
BlackStar2661 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks. I need to brush up on head angles.
MADAMEHARDY Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
excellent is very helpful. want to storyboard for my novel and need to get all the help.
StoryTeller288 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
This will definitely help me out with faces, thanks alot :D
xxSoldierSiplexx Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Danke, this helps a ton
Starlillydust Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D This helped a lot... I was never able to draw proportions and stuff when it came to manga. Arigato!
katielynn099 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ha~! Thanks~ I need more practice with head angles xD
JustACosplayer Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this!
Mi-rai Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Thank you!-whenever I draw the head to any of my drawings it always turns out looking weird, this really helps
Crazy-Switch Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012   Writer
Very helpful! Thx :3
Add a Comment: