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PE: Drawing Faces in Manga Style

Mon Jul 29, 2013, 6:29 PM


Basic notions for drawing heads and faces
Welcome back everyone! :love: Today I'm going to teach you the basics of drawing a face. Before I start, I want to clarify that this is the way I do it, but there are a thousand other methods that you can follow, make sure you understand the concepts and apply them the best you can, you don't have to stictly do it like I do, develop your own way and keep on learning! :love:




Many artists suggest using circles to start sketching the head and the body but... I don't use them. I've never used them. I tried using them in the past and it only resulted in messed up lines and strange-looking faces and heads. So I dropped the circles. If you feel comfortable using them, I bow to you and I encourage you to keep using them, but I'm afraid you won't see any circles in my tutorial :giggle:

Steps, Tips & Tricks when drawing Faces for beginners
See bigger version in sta.sh sta.sh/02a057y5vjph
Forgive me if there are any typos! <3



Hope you found it useful!!
Do you need further help? Leave a comment below! :love:


Meet me tomorrow at 2 PM PDT in #CommunityRelations for a chat about general questions related to art, deviantART, critique events and point raffles! www.timeanddate.com/countdown/…!



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Welcome back everyone! :love: Today I'm going to teach you the basics of drawing a face in manga style!
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LualaDy Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Here you just show what you do, but don't actually teach people how to do it
In order to directly find that shape you drew first, you need to know more about proportions, anatomy and perspective
This has nothing to do with the anime style
An idea could be to draw a realistic face with the different proportions marked, and to compare them with an anime face in front view, side view and 3/4
But again, there would be no reason to choose one specific anime style over another, so you should show at least 3 different style : shojo, shonen, and chibi for example

Now, I'm not saying you did trash, but I suggest you rename this tutorial as : "Tips I want to share for drawing an anime face" (for instance) or "How I draw anime face"
Putting that aside, you gave useful information about the process

I haven't read all the comments, so I'm sorry if I'm repeating something that has already been said.
I hope I didn't offend you.

Keep it up
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rydi1689 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, that's why there's a disclaimer at the top specifying that this is how I do it, that you should just focus on the concept that I'm trying to get across and find your own personal way of learning (I also have an article about spotting learning opportunities and making the best out of them). I'm not offended, I acknowledge that I can't condense the knowledge it takes to draw proper faces in anime style (or any other style for that matter, it just happened that I was the manga community volunteer when I did this article), but it received quite a lot of negative feedback on the same topic you mentioned "this is just YOUR way of drawing faces", "this teaches nothing", "you should have included all the angles and compare them in different perspectives, and genders and blah blah blah". Turns out I'm just one simple human being. I try to help in the little ways I can, I don't pretend to be the matrix, here's a tutorial and now you're Picasso. No. I merely tried to give a brief explanation of how to draw a face in 3/4, how I think the alignment of the eyes is important and not much more.

I know this is a very limited tutorial but as I said, it's not meant to teach you all there is to drawing in manga, people should focus on figuring out the concepts and applying them to their art if they found them useful. I will focus on learning from everyone's feedback to create better tutorials. We all learn if we focus on what's important.
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    It all looks so simple in here but when i try it it looks like a possessed person is doing it :laughing:
    And lol about FA, he was my favourite until i lost contact with F1 :rofl:
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Flowerlet Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That, is the style I had before. I think you should write it in general, not just on one style. Other than that it's quite useful thanks
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Houkou-NRL Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013   Traditional Artist
This is...a little disappointing, I think. You do try to explain the shape of the face and the relevance of each detail, but you failed to provide any tools to teach readers how to build the face themselves. You may be able to draw freehand just fine, but one must admit that it takes an underlying understanding to do that well. No rules, no tools, no understanding really can't go over well.
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Ecfor Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There's a great amount of art software out there. Photoshop, SAI, GIMP, Corel Draw, Illustrator, Flash, Photoshop Elements, ArtRage and more. If kids can't bother to google and teach themselves how to obtain and use software then it's their own fault.
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Houkou-NRL Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013   Traditional Artist
Within this context, my meaning was of technique, method, and knowledge-type tools, as opposed to software, equipment and supplies.
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rydi1689 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll apply your feedback in the next tutorials :nod:. It's also important for me to learn how to successfully teach others, so I value your input! :hug:
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Houkou-NRL Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013   Traditional Artist
I'll look forward to it. I really appreciate the things you've been touching on this past week. (:
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rydi1689 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the support :huggle:.
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unholycookie Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
I appreciate the time and effort you put into this tutorial.
I also strongly dislike it, but it took years of study to be able to see why. Me ten years ago would have found this very useful.
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rydi1689 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hopefully people who are still 10 years behind their incredible-future-selves can find this helpful and encouraging to keep doing their best to learn the craft :)

I'm sorry that it wasn't very useful to you :hug:.
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19crystalbeast90 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
you mean         alanmac95.deviantart.com/art/L…
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rydi1689 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:O I don't understand...?
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19crystalbeast90 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
 you said face in manga style , did you mean like that face
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CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Student General Artist
There is more to it then that. 
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rydi1689 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm working on more tutorials that cover more aspects of drawing faces and other elements in manga style. Is there anything in particular that you'd like to see implemented? :)
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CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Student General Artist
You should talk more about structure of the face using shapes, rather then blindly drawing lines of where you think the face will go on the page. 
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rydi1689 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll do my best :salute:
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CommanderEVE Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Goodluck! 
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Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Also, ILU <3
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rydi1689 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love you moreeee <33333
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Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Also Rydifu, it seems that a lot of people are complaining below...maybe you should add to the title that this is only one out of more tutorials you are going to to as you said you'll do more, and specify that this is the one to draw 3/4.
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rydi1689 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I included it in the first journal for PE :iconsadtardplz: I am being ignored xD Joke.
I think I should, definitely, thanks for the idea!! :love:
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Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
awesome tutorial :D I still struggle with mouth, after so many manga years. >-<
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lightbleueyes Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Student General Artist
I suck at drawing Manga style >.< 
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churien Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Student General Artist
man, eyelashes are still alien to me :stare: I can't make the ones I draw not look like brush bristles
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Kitsune0Jester Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is very helpful! Glad I came across this. :D
Now I will be able to practice on the faces a little more. I'm not used to this perspective with the tilting. I was comfortable with the full face directional toward the viewer. I'll try this angle sometime.
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Quanyails Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013   General Artist
I'm heavily against the 'draw eyes from same angle' approach--this only works if you're drawing from the same perspective, and it teaches you nothing about how the shape of the eyes change if a drawing is from the front or partially back. Tell me how a drawing looks if you're drawing a character in complete front view and both of the eyes are drawn congruently. Eyes are not in of themselves bilaterally symmetrical!

As mentioned below, anatomy is critical to any sort of art drawing, even one as stylized as manga. Perhaps discuss the eyebrow rim causing the forehead to jut out or the cheeks and cheekbones determining the shape of the lower half of the head. If you don't do that, all of your characters would be in the same generic style.
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rydi1689 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are absolutely right, but this tutorial is meant to explain how to draw a face in 3/4 view and the angle the eyes create in said view makes them almost look like copies of one another because part of the further eye is not visible. More tutorials this week should explain front view and other angles but you have to understand that I'm only a human being, I'm doing these tutorials in the same day and I can't possibly explain all the anatomy in a single tutorial. I'm doing these alone, and I don't understand how my tutorial is any different from any other you can find in the galleries which also only explain how to draw a face in a certain angle. Give me time to make the rest of tutorials.

I'm trying to help out some artists who have difficulties with anime style and want to learn, but as I mentioned in the comments below, this is not matrix, I can't insert knowledge into people's brains in a second. This is a guide, not the elixir of artistry, a lot of practice will be needed to achieve the desired results.

Again, as I said, you are right, anatomy is very important but I can't do it all on my own, people should look at other people's art, anatomy books, and other sources to expand their knowledge. It took me six years to get this far so I don't expect deviants to just read my tutorial and become impressive artists overnight. Thank you for the feedback though, I'll try to add some more anatomical aspects within the next tutorials! <3
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Horresco Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
Hmm, maybe i will try that manga style sometime :iconnotsureifplz: It still looks difficult to me
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Heyriel Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Eh...personally I'd rather suggest the 'study human anatomy, practice, practice, practice and then stylize it' method. This one here only teaches how to draw one kind of face in one angle -and let's be serious: Which beginner with no idea of the underlying bone structure will be able to make a correct outline from scratch? :/
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AChan-Adopts Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree.
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HollyMMoore Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
In agreement with this. ^
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Shorjok Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This.
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rydi1689 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
While you are right in some aspects like making a correct outline from scratch, you are not in some others, for example I never ever studied human anatomy and I believe that your way is even more difficult than learning by trial and error the way I did. Applying realism concepts to manga style is something that most people have difficulties with, don't even imagine beginners. They'll have a lot of trouble even trying to replicate the realistic anatomy sources.

But you have to understand that this is only a tutorial, this is not meant to be matrix and make you an incredibly talented artist by just reading it. Readers should understand the concepts explained, such as the eye alignment in 3/4 view, aligning the eyes, nose and forehead, etc. Further tutorials and practice will be needed for anyone to learn and improve. This is just a way to help in some aspects and encourage people to keep practicing not the elixir of artistry ^^;
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Heyriel Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
More difficult -yes certainly, but art isn't fastfood. It isn't always easy, fun and cheap.
Sure, if drawing is only a hobby to someone then they can learn or not learn whatever and however they want, as long as it makes them happy. But anatomy is one of-, if not the most basic prinicples of drawing and necessary knowledge for anyone who considers pursuing art as an career. It's tutorials like this and those other 'How To Draw Manga' books that give beginners the idea that there is such a thing as a 'shortcut' to drawing well and that you don't need any knowledge of theory (such as anatomy, colors and composition) just because you're drawing 'manga'. -which is a lie in itself, since what dA likes to generalize as 'manga' is actually just one type of generic shojo that gets reproduced over and over and over again.
Professional mangaka are very easily recognizable by their individual styles, they all spent years studying real people, not copying from HTDM books and emoticon expressions.

And quite apart from that, why is it bad for beginners challenge themselves? In the end they may be a lot happier to actually know why they have to draw something a certain way, instead of just going: 'Well, I saw that other artists draw bump there so...that's probably what I should do, too?'

That said, I get what you were trying to do with the tutorial and as stated above that's totally okay for those who're not actually trying to go professional or whatever. But imo you should have made it more clear that a lot more than just following those steps is needed to truly learn how to draw anything, that's all.
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rydi1689 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your comment and the others I've received today have encouraged me to write an article about learning and improving. I wanted to do a small guide, but it might have come off as "if you follow these 6 easy steps you'll be the next Picasso :iconkruemelplz:" when it clearly wasn't my intention. I want to encourage people to read tutorials and other resources that will set them in the right path to improvement, but if you only follow steps like a mindless robot, you won't get far, you need to understand the concept, observe the way the body works, analyze other people's art to see how and why they've done something a certain way or find new methods to spot your own mistakes so that you can fix them in future works.

But I still think that telling a newbie to grab a book and study anatomy right off the bat will just scare them, they must have a very strong drive and passion and even then they might prefer to learn by drawing things the way it feels right to them. Everyone has their own method for learning, we ought to respect that.

Thanks for the feedback!
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AChan-Adopts Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it is so wonderful you are keeping your calm. I know people who would be like.... STFU CISNCOAMAOAM. It's annoying that we cannot be civilized people. So I want to say thank you! :)
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rydi1689 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All of the feedback I've received is very valuable for my own learning experience in tutorial-making and hopefully I'll be able to improve the way I explain things so that everyone can benefit from that too :)
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Pix3M Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013   Digital Artist
Oh, and even if you know that this tutorials shouldn't be an ultimate guide to drawing, it's not immediately clear to the beginner.
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Pix3M Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013   Digital Artist

I used to be following tutorials like these but often my manga-esque faces keep looking off because I did not understand the anatomy behind all the guidelines they keep telling me to use. Eventually, I've been told the the guidelines I've been using are completely useless unless I actually understood the anatomy.


The eyelashes, I think is particularly strange. It pressed me to do a little anatomy homework (which I need to do more) and looked at my own eyelashes in the mirror at an angle of 3/4ths. I find the approach you recommended against looks weird because their perspective wrong as it's more correct for more frontal perspectives. Your recommended approach has a better perspective but it's wrong in a sense that I read it as two left eyeballs.


Again, I don't do enough anatomy homework so take this with a grain of salt. From experience, it truly shows if a manga artist has not spent time learning realism before trying to abstract reality into a more pulled-together style. Again, I used to be following how-to tutorials like these but I've been advised by a non-artist that using references is ultimately more informative than going with tutorials that doesn't explain their own abstractions. These tutorials are great for those starting out, but not for those who want to take it a step farther.

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rydi1689 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Everyone has their own method for learning, if that was useful to you it's perfectly ok but it's not the case for everybody, neither my technique nor yours will be suitable for everyone. Many people learn through using circles whereas some others like me can't draw with them to save our lives. It depends on each person and there's not an universal way to do it. I specifically mentioned that there were 1000 ways to do it and that I was just showing mine. So if you don't like the way I do it, I can't force it on you, you ought to find a way to learn that suits you better :nod:.

It looks like two left eyeballs because of the angle, but if you looked at yourself in the mirror using the right angle, you should have noticed that you can't see the other half of your eye that is hidden from your sight because the eyeball is round, so the outter part of the eye covers the inner part behind it. That's why I don't recommend drawing the symmetrical eyes in 3/4 view because if the angle is the one I mean, the lateral canthus would not be visible, you'd only be seeing the globe of the eye.

Of course! I've learnt more things by observing people's art and analyzing their brush strokes, the differences in the anatomy when the angle is modified, understanding how the body works by looking at real people in the street. You can't just use a tutorial and expect to know it all! A lot of research is needed as well as lots of practice in order to learn and improve.
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Pix3M Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013   Digital Artist

Yes, people learn in different ways, but if word of mouth is totally true that only some ways of learning creates actual professionals than one-trick-ponies, it seems that a more ideal way of teaching kinda depends on your demographic and their goals. The tedious 'study human anatomy' approach one seems to give people a much stronger foundation though, and I can speak indirectly from experience (I study other stuff than anatomy).

Personally, I think it's strange to see a tutorial mostly useful for beginners pop up on a group which is sponsored by deviantART if I'm right that the perma super-group suggests. But eh, it seems that dA mostly has the younger, but more importantly the more casual crowd, so I would not be surprised that this tutorial is taken very well if I'm correct that this is the demographic which this appeals to.

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rydi1689 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The group... which group exactly? #communityrelations? #projecteducate? In any case, this tutorial is a part of the Project Educate Week in the Manga and Anime Gallery (hence why I'm explaining how to draw in Manga style). You can read about it here rydi1689.deviantart.com/journa…

During this week I'm trying to help deviants learn some aspects of the manga style, how to draw using certain programs, how to draw manga pages, adding effects in Photoshop etc. A general idea of the different steps and possibilities of drawing Manga & Anime.

I do this because I'm the Manga and Anime Community Volunteer and this week it's my turn to share the love for this gallery and I want to do it through helping out beginners and not so beginners with these tutorials, even if they aren't the best of the best or are lacking in content.
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Pix3M Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013   Digital Artist

I saw this tutorial while watching the project educate group. 

As somebody who's probably not-so-beginner, the reads I find to be useful at my general skill level tend to be heavily theory-based and covers fundamental topics like these:

www.wayofthepixel.net/index.ph…

www.wayofthepixel.net/index.ph…

The information covered is very, very different from the usual tutorials you find on dA, because the wayofthepixel site appeals to the more serious, older artists who are spending or has spent lots of time perfecting their craft to the level of a master. Neither of us are masters so being able to produce this sort of information might be difficult (lol me being blown away in the banding thread), but if we can pull it off, I think it's safe to say we've made an accomplishment in tutorial-writing. I wouldn't expect the sort of information found on those threads to be taken very well on dA though.

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rydi1689 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I could write advanced tutorials but I don't think I have anything to contribute to the advanced manga/anime artists at this point, they already know how to learn on their own without actually needing to look for a tutorial (I used to read a lot of tutorials when I started drawing M&A but then I reached a point where I learnt more by looking at other people's art than by reading tutorials). So I want to concentrate my efforts into helping and nurturing the growing artists, those who aren't yet able to learn on their own.

I might have approached it the wrong way, you were right all along (as many other comments from other artists) and I need to actually describe more WHY it should be done this or the other way focusing more on anatomy too. I'll do my best to make more informative tutorials that are more easy-to-follow for beginners. If you have any other feedback let me know :)
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Farewell-Spring Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's an odd method for me, I mean drawing the face shape first, I never thought it could be done that way (I usually draw an oval and add the eyes, nose and mouth and then I do the more specific face shape) :XD: but it works pretty nicely, good tutorial. :nod:
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AChan-Adopts Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too,.
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rydi1689 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I mentioned I'm veeeery messy xD I agree with you :nod: If I'm just doodling around with no specific image in mind, I usually start drawing the eyes, the nose, then the mouth and after that I draw the jaw line :nod:. But if I already know exactly what I'm going to draw, then I tend to start by drawing the face outline like in this tutorial ^^

Do everything in the order that makes you feel more comfortable! :D
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