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How to draw profile face

How to draw profile faces for fashion illustrations and fashion sketches Learning how to draw profile faces for your fashion sketches and illustrations will give you more options in designing your new collections. Interesting model poses is one of the things that makes fashion designs look better. So understanding how to draw the profile is very helpful. Enough talking let’s start this step by step tutorial and have some fun!

Step 1: Draw the profile guidelines

Start with drawing two overlapping circles one above the other, as in the “How to draw fashion face” tutorial. Their centers should touch the outline of the other circle. Right next to the upper circle draw a third one. All the three shapes should have the same size in order to get good results with your profile drawing.

Tip: These guideline circles are very important and you are going to need them until the very end of the tutorial, so make sure everything is exactly as in the example illustration.

How to draw profile faces for fashion illustrations and fashion sketches step by step tutorial

Step 2: Add curves

Using smooth curves connect the gap between the circles as shown. These will be the Front profile curve and the Top head curve.How to draw profile faces for fashion illustrations and fashion sketches step by step tutorial

Step 3: Eyes and nose

Draw a short horizontal line from the point where the first two circles overlap. This is where the eye is going to be placed.
From the Center point of the bottom circle draw a horizontal line crossing the Front profile curve. Make a small circle lying on this horizontal line. This will be the nose tip.
Mark another line above the Eye line. This is the Eyebrow line. The distance between those two lines is about the same as the nose tip diameter.
How to draw profile faces for fashion illustrations and fashion sketches step by step tutorial

Step 4: Draw the profile nose

Follow the Front profile curve and draw the forehead until you reach the Eyebrows line. When you reach it – go in, until you reach the Eye line level. The Direction of this short line should be parallel to the big guideline circle next to it.
Draw the nose of your model. Notice that the nose ends in the middle of the nose tip, don’t go any further.
How to draw profile faces for fashion illustrations and fashion sketches step by step tutorial

Step 5: Nostrils

Draw inclined line touching the bottom circle and right above it put the nostril.
In order to draw the nostril like shown in the example illustration, turn the sheet and make a regular question mark, without its point.
Notice that the nostril touches the bottom circle too.
How to draw profile faces for fashion illustrations and fashion sketches step by step tutorial

Step 6: More guidelines

Pull vertical guidelines from the most bulged part of the forehead and the end of the nostril.
Draw a horizontal guideline from the bottom most point of the bottom circle.
The point where the latter is crossed by the nostril line will be the end of the chin.How to draw profile faces for fashion illustrations and fashion sketches step by step tutorial

Step 7: Measurements

Connect the nose tip with the Chin point (2). The place where this slant line crosses the Forehead guideline is where we will have the Mouth centerline(1).Point (3) indicates the jawline. The Jawline point is on the horizontal level of the Mouth centerline and touches the guideline circle from the other side.
How to draw profile faces for fashion illustrations and fashion sketches step by step tutorial

Step 8: Draw the mouth

Start drawing the upper lip with an “S”- like curve between the nose and the mouth centerline. Make sure that at least the half of this curve is following the incline of the nose tip-chin line.
Draw a little circle below the mouth centerline point to indicate the lower lip. This little circle should fill the gap between the nose tip-chin line and the nostril line.
How to draw profile faces for fashion illustrations and fashion sketches step by step tutorial

Step 9: Finish the mouth

Draw beautiful smooth curve to finish the upper lip and just hint gently the lower lip.

Tip: The rule of thumb is to line up the mouth corner with where the eye begins.
Join the Jaw line with the center of the circle as shown in the example illustration. This will show you what the incline of the ear should be.

How to draw profile faces for fashion illustrations and fashion sketches step by step tutorial

Step 10: Chin and Jaw

Finish the chin where the chin point was. Notice that just below the mouth the chin slopes in, than it turns back in an angle (not a curve!) and then you continue with a smooth curve to finish the chin.
Continue drawing the jawline. Look how the female jawline is not straight horizontal, but inclined, going towards the Jaw point, where it turn up and reaches the nose level.
From the nose level up mark where the ear of your fashion sketch will be. The ear should be no higher than the Eyebrow line level, or it will look too big.
How to draw profile faces for fashion illustrations and fashion sketches step by step tutorial

Step 11: Draw the eye

Profile eyes are different from front view face eyes. See the mini steps and place the eye on the Eye line. The size should be about the same at the visible part of the mouth.
Draw the details of the ear and the cheekbone. The cheekbone will follow the curve of the initial big circles guidelines.
How to draw profile faces for fashion illustrations and fashion sketches step by step tutorial

Step 12: Head and neck

When drawing a profile face you need to have in mind the form of the skull too. It is not enough to draw the features of your model only. Cut about ¼ of the side guideline Circle and outline the skull.
Draw the eyebrows, pulling guidelines from the nostril towards the beginning and the end of the eye.
Lastly, draw the neck of your profile fashion face. Notice that the neck begins after the bottom most part of the initial guidelines circles.

Tip: Notice that the neck is coming down as a slant. Please don’t draw it as two vertical lines.

How to draw profile faces for fashion illustrations and fashion sketches step by step tutorial

Step 13: Draw the hair

Draw a hairstyle to suit the attitude and outfit of your fashion sketch. Make sure you have drawn the hairline correctly and enjoy your work.

How to draw profile faces for fashion illustrations and fashion sketches step by step tutorial

One profile face – different looks.
Profiles hairstyles for fashion sketches

Now you know how to draw the profile view of the face and you have so much more options for your fashion sketches. Check out also the tutorial “How to draw 3/4 view face” to gain more options.  Play with poses, haircuts and face expressions. Everything is in your hands now!
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21 comments

  1. It would be very helpful if you could do a tutorial on snake prints and Egyptian fashion thanks

  2. could you please show how to draw more models of different ethnicities? thank you!

  3. Oh. My. Gosh…. THANKIES!!~~

  4. love your work. Just wanted to know what paint you are using? :-)

  5. Thank you so much! I am only 12, but have learned a lot from your website! I love it so much! :D

  6. Oh gosh! u are just awesome n perfect in wat ever you do!! I am so impressed with your work!! I have just joined fashion design course and am take tips from your site to practice and improve in my work!! Thank you for sharing your expertise with us!!
    Thank You so much!!!

  7. [quote name=”Karyssa”]could you do a tutorial on how to draw make up? i tried to put blush on one of me profiles and it ended up looking like she had a bad rash on her face[/quote]
    Hey :)
    I was also thinking that the site is missing a How to draw makeup tutorial. I should upload one soon…
    Regarding the pencils I use- mine are Prismacolor. The secret it’s not actually in the pencils brand, but in the technique.
    TRY THIS!
    Find a separate sheet of paper. Make a nice, solid spot of the blush color on this sheet and use your fingertip to transfer some of the color to your illustration. Use circular moves and make it several times – it will look great, I promise :-)

  8. could you do a tutorial on how to draw make up? i tried to put blush on one of me profiles and it ended up looking like she had a bad rash on her face

  9. could u do a tutorial for how to draw a purse. by the way love this site

  10. quick Q: what kind of pencils do you use to color, the ones i have aren”t very good, ps thanks for making this website, ive been so bored this summer and i just started drawing and designing, people tell me a might actually be good :)

  11. I just love your tutorials. So simple and helpful. Thanks a lot. I wish you much success. Cheers.

  12. :sad: a little confused

  13. [quote name=”layla”]If you need ideas it would be so cool if you did tutorials on drawing fedora hats,riped jeans, high heals from side view and converse(high tops).Thanks :lol:[/quote]
    Thnaks for the great ideas, Layla! I will use them for sure :-)

  14. If you need ideas it would be so cool if you did tutorials on drawing fedora hats,riped jeans, high heals from side view and converse(high tops).Thanks :lol:

  15. Teya, you are my guru ♥ ♥ ♥ I come back to your blog every day! :-)

  16. Love this !

  17. [quote name=”Guest”]Ooh I’ve seen you already did lace,but what about face expressions or maybe fur?[/quote]

    How to draw fur is deffinitely one of my next ones! Thank you!

  18. Thank you for the comment, love. I do need ideas for new tutoriasl and every visitor is much welcome to suggest such, but I have already done a How to draw lace. Check out the Textiles section under Clothes :-)
    Teya

  19. Ooh I’ve seen you already did lace,but what about face expressions or maybe fur?

  20. Very helpful tutorial,I really enjoyed reading it…And I have read in other tutorial that you needed ideas for new tutorials.I was thinking if you could lace?since you already did prints…

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