Drawing a Face looking Up

Continuing the series on drawing Manga characters, this tutorial is about drawing faces looking up.

It uses the same guidelines for the front and other views, but adding a 3D effect to the curve of the browline. As parts of the face are closer to you and others are further away, perspective changes their shape, size and gaps between them.

face up 1

When you draw the guidelines for an upwards view, the egg-shaped face template is not as long as the face is tilting away from you, so you don’t see the full length. The brow line curves upwards to match the angle the character is facing in. Remember, due to perspective, the nose and mouth markers will be placed slightly higher than at their usual halfway points.

face up 2

Because the eyes are placed on a surface which is curving upwards, their shape also curves up. You see the underside of the nose, so the nostrils and their shape are more prominent. The curved brow line indicates that you must draw the ears at a lower level than the eyes. The shape of the chin and jawline becomes shallow as the face tilts up, and gradually inverts as more of the underside of the chin becomes apparent. The hairline goes higher and the top of the head slips out of sight.

face up 3


About Sonia Leong

Sonia Leong is a professional illustrator specialising in Anime and Manga. She first rose to fame with the 2005 Tokyopop Rising Stars of Manga (UK & Ireland) competition. Since then her popular Manga Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet (SelfMadeHero) has had numerous global editions.Her work appears in DOMO: The Manga (Tokyopop), Comic Book Tattoo (Image) and the I, Hero series (Hachettes). She has worked for Walker, Barrington Stoke, Ilex and Quarto amongst many other publishers on various children's books and instructional art books. She's geekily proud of her art being part of the set of British TV sitcom, The I.T. Crowd (Channel 4). She is the company secretary of Sweatdrop Studios. She loves clothes, singing, food and weaponry! For more about Sonia, visit her website, http://fyredrake.net/

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One Response to Drawing a Face looking Up

  1. Eileen September 7, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

    Love your site and all the ideas and instructions.

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