This tutorial will show you how to draw a pouting face in anime and manga. It features puffed cheeks at the front and three-quarters (3/4) views.
The expression of a pouting face is very common in manga and anime. This expression is a little more difficult to draw than others because it not only adjusts the facial features but also “warps the face” with the puffy cheeks.
The front view, which is directly in the eye of the viewer, and the 3/4 view are the most common views for pouting faces. The 3/4 view is for situations in which the character is shy or embarrassed, and the front view is often used to show “ticked-off” characters.
You can also draw facial expressions using:
12 Anime Facial Expressions Chart and Drawing Tutorial
Normal Expression before Pouting Expression – Front View
It’s important to imagine how they would look with their normal expression before you draw a pouting manga or anime character. This will make it easier to determine how much you should alter their facial features and shape.
You can see the normal expression of this character in the tutorial above.
You can draw different types of anime characters by using:
Tutorial Drawing Anime Characters
Front View Anime Face Proportions
Below you will see the “standard” anime/manga facial proportions as recommended in many similar tutorials on 3dvkarts.
The eyes are located below the horizontal halfway point of your face, with the nose and chin between. The ears should be positioned between the top and bottom of the nose. First, determine the position of your bottom lip (between your nose and your chin), and then draw slightly higher.
This step-by-step guide will show you how to draw a female anime face.
How to Draw an Animation Girl’s Face and Head
Here’s a tutorial for drawing hair.
How To Draw Manga Hair – Female
Front View Anime Pouting Face Drawing
The above image shows how the same character would look with puffy cheeks.
Drawing a Pouting Animal Face – Front View
In the above example, you can see how the facial features shift in a puffy face.
You will want to draw your eyebrows lower so that you can create a pouting look. The upside-down curve of the mouth (reverse normal/smiling) is best. Tiny curves along the sides are created by the puffy cheeks.
To draw eyes in various states, see:
Drawing Closed, Closing, and Squinted Anime eyes
To show they are puffy, draw the cheeks outward from the sides.
Front View: Anime Puffed Up Vs Normal Cheeks
You can see the overlapping comparison between the normal bottom of the face (in the front view) and the pouting version with puffy cheeks.
Normal Expression before Pouting Expression – 3/4 view
We can also see the full view with the normal expression.
Anime Face Proportions- 3/4 View
In the 3/4 view, you can see again the proportions of an anime/manga character’s face. These will look the same as the front view since it’s the same character.
This tutorial will show you how to draw the face.
Drawing a Female Anime Face 3/4 View
3rd View Anime Pouting Face Drawing
In the 3/4 view, you can see how the same character could look with a pouting expression and puffy cheeks.
Drawing a Pouting Animal Face – 3/4 View
To create a pouting look in the 3/4 view, draw your eyebrows lower with the eyes looking down (optional) and slightly squinted.
Apply blush to your cheeks, and draw the mouth slightly in front of the nose. Draw the mouth again with an upside-down curve (reverse of the normal) and two smaller curves to the sides.
This expression, which is slightly different than the forward-facing one, adds a bit of shyness to the character. The shy/embarrassed appearance can be further reinforced by adding blush to the cheeks or drawing the eyes down.
For drawing anime and manga style blush see:
How to Draw Manga Blush in Different Styles
Anime Puffed up vs. Normal Cheeks – 3/4 view
You can again see the difference between normal and puffed cheeks (or cheeks in this instance) of an anime character in the 3/4 view.
Pouting manga and anime faces are a bit more difficult than other expressions. This is due to the prominent (and harder to draw) 3/4 view. This tutorial should have helped you to understand how to draw them.
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