Learning how to draw the head in different directions is a part of the fundamental lessons when learning how to draw and paint portraits. Of course, drawing a head in front of view is nice, but if you are looking to go even further in creating portraits, drawing the head in different directions is a great way to do that.

Alright, let’s go ahead and get into this lesson.

Start with a circle ( or something close to it) and then add another circle inside of the bigger one.

You will then want to divide the circle into fourths as I have done below:

Draw the head in side view step by step

Draw a line down from the outer edge of the bigger circle. Draw a line across until it meets the lower vertical line.

Map out where you will add the features. Add two lines along the right horizontal line this will be where you place the eyebrow.

To add the nose you will draw a line from the left eyebrow line marker and draw downward until it connects to the larger triangle. You should have created a smaller triangle.

Add a line from the tip of the nose to the chin (lower angle of the face) to make sure the nose, lips, and chin will be proportionate from each other.

Now it’s time for the fun part. This is the step you can get creative and draw out the nose, chin, and lips.

Here is a quick overview of using shapes to create the head in the side view.

With a little bit of practice, you’ll be able to draw the head in the side view in no time. If you liked this tutorial please be sure to like, share, and comment on this tutorial along with the video and graphics.

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Happy Creating!