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How To Draw Cartoon Faces And Expressions With Basic Art Video Tutorial

Updated on July 24, 2011

Draw A Cartoon Face

When starting to draw a cartoon face, the number one tip is to simplify everything and over exaggerate the simplifications. Look at existing cartoon drawings and see how they combine these two principals to create a simplistic yet effective Cartoon face drawing. Here we will try out a few face drawing examples in the cartoon style.

The quick example in the video shows a progression of steps that attempt to show how you yourself can draw a cartoon face in a simple but easy way. Seeing as I've made this video myself I left out any distractions, namely myself not talking so you can focus on the step by step process of drawing one possible variation of a cartoon facial structure.

The idea with drawing cartoon styles is to loosen up your drawing, so that you can draw this stuff all the time, quick sketching plays an important part of your cartoon creation and if you look at the professional cartoonists aand they way they work, you will see that they draw really fast at times to capture spontaneous energy in their cartoons and movement which looks quite dynamic.

Watch the video below and hopefully get inspired with confidence to draw a cartoon face.

Draw A Simple Cartoon Face

Draw Cartoon Facial Expressions

When deciding on what facial expressions your cartoon characters will have it is a brilliant idea to try and come up with some photos of yourself to help you, alternatively you could look in a mirror and draw them, but taking the expressions on a web cam is way quicker so that you have them all to look at in one sitting.

Below I've took a few photos of myself to show the basic expressions that you could include and actually try and draw and I'm sure you'll have great fun translating these into simplified cartoon face drawings.

Top tips! Exaggerate hair by going over the top or under drawing the hair slightly so that either the hairstyles look spiky or too large for the head or they look like a few straggly hairs that make the cartoon character look funny with the baldness. It's entirely up to youhow you exaggerate different things like the eyes, nose, mouth and head structure.

In the ways of cariacature drawing you would over emphasize a facial feature or two anyway and make it the laughable feature like having a head too large for the body or huge ears like a jughead or a huge banana like nose. Whatever you decide to draw, make it fun and funny too!

Now here are them photos of me, acting like a I mean showing you some basic expressions to draw from. If you find the idea of drawing me repulsive, then please do draw yourself! I don't mind!

Possible Cartoon Facial Expressions To Exaggerate

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A Bored Facial Expression!A happy facial expression.Slightly angry facial expression.A surprised facial expressionA very angry facial expression, almost crying boo hoo!A sleepy, tired facial expression.A happy or psychotic facial expression, you decide!?
A Bored Facial Expression!
A Bored Facial Expression!
A happy facial expression.
A happy facial expression.
Slightly angry facial expression.
Slightly angry facial expression.
A surprised facial expression
A surprised facial expression
A very angry facial expression, almost crying boo hoo!
A very angry facial expression, almost crying boo hoo!
A sleepy, tired facial expression.
A sleepy, tired facial expression.
A happy or psychotic facial expression, you decide!?
A happy or psychotic facial expression, you decide!?

Drawing Cartoon Faces

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      PADDYBOY60 5 years ago from Centreville Michigan


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      Cathy Nerujen 6 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      I am trying to get into drawing and even some painting. Your video and hub is fun to read. :)

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      Wayne Tully 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      I'm certainly going to add to this in time or create another hubpage with more examples of cartoon face drawing.

      Cheers now!

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      M. T. Dremer 6 years ago from United States

      The face is the hardest part of a cartoon for me to draw. I'm still trying to figure out why that is. I think proportions are where I struggle most; the shape of the head, the size of the eyes, the positioning of the nose. I just can't manage something that doesn't look like a elementary school drawing. I like your suggestion to simplify the features. I'll have to give that a try the next time I get a chance. Thanks!

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      Great idea to have the video silent. It does take away distractions.