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Male Face Study by Angelus-Tenebrae Male Face Study by Angelus-Tenebrae
I actually made this as a reference piece for elsewhere, but I think people here can benefit from this too.

Please take this with a grain of salt, as I haven't actually consulted any references while doing this; it's just a recollection of all the stuff I know about drawing male faces that I've "researched" on, some of which are purely observations and conjecture, and may not be factually true as it pertains to human anatomy.

And because I feel like a scientist about this, this reference sheet is copyleft. You are free to correct it, edit it, upload it, distribute it, etc. provided everyone else is free to do so to your edited version.

Please refer to the red lines in the images for the following notes.

Draw the shape of the skull as a circle. Please note that this is only the top half of the skull; it has a jawline as well. If you are not drawing the head from the front, the circle is slightly elongated. Skulls are not shaped like perfect spheres. They are flattened on the sides, and very slightly tapered towards the front.

Necklines are typically drawn just in line with the jaw. This only applies to average men. Leave some space between the back of the head and the ear in 3/4 and side views.

Do not place the ear too high. It should be somewhere between the corner of the jaw and the eye. Distortions in perspective may change this positioning, but it typically remains stationary for head tilts since it is closest to the pivot of the angle.

The mouth should be on the same level as the corner of the jawline. This doesn't mean that whenever you take a ruler to it, it will always line up. It just means it's on the same perspective. The mouth also curves according to the perspective you view it from. It should not extend any farther than under the center of each eye.

Most of the features should stay on the same level when you turn the head. Normally, distortions due to distance would make these irrelevant, but in this case, because they're not that far away, they become insignificant.

If any of this sounds weird, unimportant or too subtle, just try it anyways. I thought most of this stuff was weird at first too, and I didn't think it caused problems for my art, but sometimes, less is more.

...And feel free to ignore the last head. That's just me being silly.
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GoldyFisha Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
So amazing ! Thank you so much :happybounce: :happybounce: 
gizmotech100 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Student Artist
Can you please post a video tutorial on youtube
Angelus-Tenebrae Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I dislike video tutorials. I prefer people learn stuff at their own pace, and if you don't want to read that wall of text, then just look at the references and make your own observations.
gizmotech100 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Student Artist
Ok I just don't know where to start. Its easier for me to watch someone do it and learn than watch the completed masterpiece. So at least do a step by step Please.
Angelus-Tenebrae Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well this resource is probably a little bit too specific if you're just "starting" as you say. You would probably find chats like the DA group Artgerm and the ConceptArt forums more useful. This resource is only intended as a reference for people who already have a basic grasp on drawing characters and would like to compare and study my observations on drawing male character's faces with their own. And it's not even a completed masterpiece, it's just a simple sketch. It's not a tutorial in and of itself. And you can find better and more comprehensive tutorials on dedicated groups on DA and Tumblr.

If you absolutely have to watch someone draw, you might know some artists who stream every now and then. If you can't find any, browse around on
KRAustralia Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
Does anyone want some paid work? Looking for some facial profiles, body proportions etc.?

ViconVietCong Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Therefore I conclude, that men have strong facial features than women deviantART . Now, I have an idea :) (Smile) . 

Thanks for your wonderful drawing of yours. It really helps me a lot!
ShetaWolfBight Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Amazing ref, thanks :)
Anyura Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's some manly male face. xD Good job. :thumbsup:
Alphasaurausrex Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student General Artist
mainly because I suck
Alphasaurausrex Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student General Artist
It looks good, but didn't help me at all
Necomata Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you i used this as a helpful reference for someone else's character i am using in a comic. :)
Eeffie Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you have any reffs for the younger faces? How do you make them see younger?
Angelus-Tenebrae Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not actually that good at drawing younger faces. It depends on how much younger you want to make them, really. If he's only slightly younger, just make his face smoother and lose the wrinkles/creases. Use fewer lines, basically.
Eeffie Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I mean from adult to teenager D8 Most my OC's are really young like 16-20
Usei Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The last one on the lower right made me laugh out loud. :lol:

Thanks for the pointers, I usually have issues with male anatomy and I think this will help.
Diollan Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
I think your work is fantastic. I love the rendering, the linework, the use of color, use of shapes, understanding of forms. However, the faces seem a bit similar a lot of the time. Experimenting with nose, eyes, mouth shapes more (over exagerating them especially), will help make you fantastic artist. Hope to see more in future!

zillabean Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Nice stuff! And I'll admit that last head threw me for a loop XD
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