How to draw a male side profile

how to draw a male side profile

Hello and welcome to Anatomy of a Sketch!

Today, we will walk through a tutorial on drawing a side profile, specifically a male side profile.

There are a few small details that typically determine the gender of the character solely based on their facial structure.

I have another side profile tutorial on AOAS, based explicitly on drawing a female side profile.

You can find the link at the end of this post.

Let’s get started!

Male side profile

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Before we get started, I want to state that this tutorial is an anatomy tutorial, and is not meant to reflect anything other than female anatomy from an educational standpoint.

How to draw a male side profile

I remember learning in my Anthropology class in college about the structure of skulls.

An Archaeologist could tell if a skull was male or female just from looking at the structure!

This totally blew my mind because I figured that all skulls are shaped the same.

The differences start at the forehead.

male and female skulls

In female skulls, the forehead appears rounder.

This is because the male brow bone protrudes forward significantly, while the female ones don’t.

This gives the male forehead a more flat appearance.

There are also differences in the jaw length and jawline, as well as the chin, and you can see those in the example below.

Here is an example of what the actual skulls look like (click the photo below to read the article this photo is from.)

Male and female skull shape

Photo credit to https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/

Step-by-Step Process

Let’s go through drawing a side profile of a male character step by step.

This will be a basic, four-step drawing process for this tutorial.

Step 1. Sketch the rough side profile

With any character’s side profile, we will start by drawing a circle.

Next, we will draw a curved line downward that will be the front of the face.

male side profile

The corner of the jaw is the halfway point of the skull.

You can draw a line from the corner of the jaw that would cut the circle above in half.

The next most important thing to note about a side profile is the back of the head.

I ended up lengthening it back just a touch.

skull shape

A big mistake people make when drawing side profiles is not accounting for the back of the head and making the head appear flat or too small.

Step 2. Find your proportions

Outlining the nose, mouth, and ears is the next step.

You can see below that I use proportion lines, and that this really works well to map out the facial features.

The top of the ear and the browline should be about even,

and the bottom of the ear and the bottom of the nose should be even.

nose mouth ears

When learning how to draw a male side profile, the bridge of the nose and brow line should be a prominent feature.

We want to make sure (if we want the sex of the character to be obvious) to emphasize these features.

I also use a line of reference to find where the eye will sit.

You want the front of the eye to be about even with the corner of the mouth.

Step 3. Draw the eye and eyebrow

The eye sits along the same line as the bridge of the nose, while the front of the eyebrow sits along the brow ridge.

Finding the eye and mouth

The eyebrow will sit forward more, closer to the front of the face.

In the next step, you can begin to finalize your linework for the head shape.

Step 4. Outline and create details

In this step, I created a new layer and used a black pen for the final linework.

I filled in his eyes,

and put more detail on his nose and ear.

outline

And this is how to draw a male side profile!

If you have any questions about this process, please feel free to leave a comment below and I will try to answer as soon as I can.

Want to take it a step further?

The next step to finishing this illustration would be to add hair,

and or to finish it with color.

I teach you how to color your illustrations just like the one below in my Patreon community.

full color

I teach shading highlighting, shading, skin tone, lighting, and character design!

Want to learn how to illustrate in full color?

Sketching is so much fun and I LOVE linework!

But one of my favorite parts of being an illustrator is rendering my illustrations in full color.

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These are such a big hit. Some of the ones we have done so far are Harley Quinn, Jane Foster’s Thor, Princess Leia, Aloy (Horizon Zero Dawn), and Captain Carter from Marvel’s What If? 

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Come join the fun at Patreon.com/LeahHarris

Learn more with my next tutorial below!

What to draw next… Drawing side profiles (in more detail, female edition)

how to draw a side profile

Thank you for reading this tutorial on how to draw a male side profile. See you in the next tutorial!

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4 months ago

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