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Drawing African features

Not all fashion designs look their best on pale skin models. Sometimes a darker skin is what it takes to make the design idea pop. However simply coloring the skin in a darker shade isn’t the best solution. To draw an African or African-American model correctly you need to pay attention to the specifics of the face also. In this tutorial you will learn how to draw the facial features of a black model step-by-step.

Step 1: Draw the face guidelines

Start by drawing a vertical Centerline and place two overlapping circles on it. The bottom circle overlaps the top one right at the center.

Tip: Try to draw the circles about the same size. If they have any difference in size make sure that the bottom one is the smaller circle.


Step 2: Eyes and nose guidelines

This step is very important. Firstly you draw an ellipse covering the very bottom of the top circle. The nose in the African models is wider compared to Caucasians. Make sure the shape of the ellipse reflects that.
Next draw two ellipses for the eyes. Notice how uplifted and wide set the eyes are. African faces tend to have eyes that are wider set. Leave enough space from the outer corner of the eye to the face guideline!


Step 3: The face shape

Black skin models usually have very beautiful face shape with pronounced cheekbones. The cheekbones are the highest point of the face outline and finish right under the nose level.
To draw the jaw line connect soft curves to the horizontal line marking the chin. Use the face guidelines to help you with the symmetry.


Step 4: Drawing the eyes and the nose

Using the guidelines draw the eyes. They are almond shaped and somehow rounded in the middle. Don’t lose the lifted outer corner.
To draw the nose start with a very opened “V” with curved corners. Next draw a bracket on each side.


Step 5: Lips guideline

It is time to mark a guideline for the lips. Place an ellipse with almost round shape in the middle of nose-to-chin area. Notice that the ellipse is slightly closer to the nose than to the chin.

Tip: To avoid making the lips too wide stop at about 1/3 of the eye width.


Step 6: Draw the lips

The key of drawing beautiful black girl’s lips is in the shape of the top half. Make sure the line goes up immediately after the corner as oppose to the gradual increase towards the center in Caucasians. “How to draw the lips”  and “How to draw sexy lips” are tutorials that might help also.


Step 7: Add the face details

Clean up the unnecessary lines. Gently mark the bridge of the nose which is rather small compared to the nose tip. Then add the eyebrows. Short, thick and curved eyebrows work best for drawing an African face. You can also sketch some lip lines and a cupid bow if you wish.


Step 8: Finishing touches

Draw the eyes, neck and ears of your model. The last touch is a beautiful afro hairstyle and your model is ready to go!


Hopefully this tutorial have helped you draw an African/African-American girl and now you only need to dress her up with amazing clothes. For an easy to follow step-by step tutorial on white girl’s face click here.


About Teya Bozhilova

Teya is the owner and creator of idrawfashion.com.
She works as a freelance fashion illustrator for established and start up fashion labels.
Always and forever excited to bring creative ideas to life with her colorful fashion sketches and a touch of glamour.
If you are looking to hire a fashion illustrator and create something beautiful together don’t hesitate to get in touch!


  1. Hi, I wonder what the meaning of guidelines. does it mean the structural lines in drawing? would you please answer.

  2. Can you do some with different view angles and hairstyles?

  3. the fuck is right bitches this shit is wrong i know our lips are big but Damn nigga

  4. Since that comment most likely wont go through… This is just so ignorant…

  5. What the. fuck. ? !

  6. Pınar Ateşoğlu

    Normal bir insan yüzü gibi

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