How to Draw the Head – Side View

How to Draw the Head – Side View

In this episode we meet our new friend, the
SIDE view. If you haven’t seen part 1 or part 2 of the
series, click on these video links. Just like the front view, the side view is
a flat angle. You are looking directly at the side plane of the head. The process is
the same as 3/4 and front view but I’d like to show you an example just to make it even
more clear. Start with the ball for the cranium and chop
off the side plane. Notice that this time the side plane is a perfect circle instead
of an oval and it’s in the middle of the cranial mass because we are looking directly at it. Now let’s indicate this head looking slightly
upward with an angle from ear to brow. Make sure that this angle is in the center of the
side plane. Not up here, or down here… Right in the middle. Establishing the angle from
one brow to the other is tricky, since we can only see one side. But just keep in mind
that if there is a twist, the angle will follow. Also, notice that the side plane is lower
on the cranium when the top of the head is pointing at you and higher when its pointing
away. I’ll go into more depth next week when we do extreme angles. For now, I’ll keep it
straight and make the brow horizontal. A perpendicular vertical line is helpful on
the side plane. We will use it later to find the jaw. This should be close to the angle
of the front plane of the face. The curvature of the front plane varies from
person to person. Sometimes it will be straight and sometimes curve out from the forehead
to the chin. Also, sometimes the chin will be closer to the back of the head, or protrude
out from the face. So pay attention to the angle from forehead to the front plane of
the chin, as well as it’s curvature. From the bottom of the ear draw that same
angle over to the bottom of the nose. Find the hairline and chin using the rule of thirds. Now add the jaw. The cranial mass at the bottom back of the
head is actually a bit higher than the perfect ball indicates. So, I’ll make that little
correction. And add the neck. When someone looks up, the chin goes away from the body
and the back of the head gets closer. So we need to show the neck stretching in the front
and pinching in the back. OooK! here’s a little advise on the features…
From the side, its hard to draw the features accurately just by following the contour.
I like to observe as many angle relationships as possible. Brow to chin, brow to nose, nose
to chin, nose to top lip, top lip to bottom lip, and so on. Plotting these points first
makes it a lot easier. Thanks for watching! Hey, if you like this video your friends might
too. Please help me out and share this video on your favorite social network, and don’t
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Dereck Turner

100 thoughts on “How to Draw the Head – Side View

  1. stxi _ says:

    ayyy dis litttt thanks

  2. Yasmin Toon says:

    I'm really really grateful! you have a talent to explain hard things in most simple funny ways ! THANK YOU for all of your work in all videos.

  3. shaifali sharma says:

    u are a great teacher !thank you for these videos 🙂

  4. Mattie Deal says:

    wow that's really hard to do

  5. dumbdadidumb says:

    Thanks a lot for your all videos!!! I just found your channel and I am eager to learn more and practice. thanks for easy and quick explanation !

  6. bharat_creation 2014 says:

    u r all time great

  7. elverdaderosol says:

    Excelente manejo de gráficos animados, pero no existe resultado.

  8. Sanjana Wadkar says:

    best tutorial of draw to face

  9. e tahami says:

    tank you

  10. Flicka K. says:

    why is this stuff so hard for everyone ???

  11. Tiago Ramos Dias says:

    thanks so much I love these videos there perfect for learners

  12. Nixumi says:

    ok but what the hell, these are from 5 years ago and the quality of the video is amazing, holy crap im shook. i cant stand watching bad quality videos, bless proko

  13. Woken Artist says:

    do this , do that
    now this and yes that….
    wooh done….
    now me trying….what the fuck next i do!? how did i end up drawing doreamon


    this is the best tuations for drawing , i love to draw and it help me more to detail my drawing i love you video's keep it up !!!!

  15. Bruoog study art says:

    Think you

  16. TheGhost GM says:

    Very easy omg

  17. Merrah Nabil says:

    Dear stan you didnt mention that the shape of the head from the perfect profil view is not a circle it's rather oval!

  18. Gurmeet Kaur says:

    hlo sir, your tutoriols are too much helpful to us, sir now would you please teach us the side faces of children from different angles.

  19. Ali Nayouf says:

    Great … Thanks a lot

  20. Leena Kumari says:

    I love this video

  21. otaku Sama says:

    thank you so much porko !!before i watch the video , i had a deep problem with the side view, but now everything is going perfectly !!

  22. Rin X says:

    you gain 1 new subscriber. looking forward to your videos.

  23. Raildo Rodrigs says:

    eu não sei falar inglês, mas consegui aprender muito com seus vídeos, muito obrigado. Thank you.

  24. Rene cobain says:

    your videos are great very summing and down to point 🙂

  25. Rayan Bekdache says:

    U gud bro

  26. Leaked Trailers Inc. says:

    Credit or debit?

  27. Fascilime says:

    I cannot express how grateful I am for this video.

  28. Vlad YRKY says:

    How to draw a circle? Take a cup and draw this fucking circle.

  29. swarup ratna says:

    Hi.. I’m having only front face, I would like to draw the same face in side down view… can you please give any tips or advice??

  30. WeaselBeats says:

    Very insightful and helpful tutorial! Thanks a lot!

  31. Stettafire says:

    1:20 It sounds really dump but until now I didn't realise heads could twist to the side!!! D: I shall fix my drawings now:D

  32. Books Nudity says:

    No subs in spanish! 🙁

  33. Zayaela says:

    me encantan los vídeos de Proko ;D

  34. sukhmani chima says:

    not helpful at all! you suck

  35. subhash induri says:

    So nice

  36. Peter Gašperan says:

    I'd appreciate a bit more elaboreted explanation on placement of certain points, or, placement of the features.. especially the eyes… you just went ahead and drew them

  37. Art Diamond says:

    where is rus sub bluat?


    I love it

  39. Truong Phuoc Nguyen says:

    Why not vietsub ( vietnamese)

  40. Henry Li says:

    Thank you sooo much for this video. You saved my art project, and finished with an A. You are seriously a lifesaver and you deserve way more subscribers!

  41. Abhash Singh says:

    what is rule of third? Anybody please explain.

  42. Gerardo Gomez says:

    Your videos are improving my drawing skills so much I'm so happy

  43. Fosache Meaz says:

    Take a side ways picture the same perspective as this if you have an iPhone or an editing app just Mark the lines up.. it saves you time (: !

  44. Noiz says:

    Dude u made lives so much easier

  45. jack1701e says:

    This tutorial and the other head ones are so straight forward and to the point. Do this to get this and so on, great tutorial. I'm no artist but after watching these the heads I sketch have gotten better and more consistent, thank you!

  46. Leaf Pool says:

    imo side view head's the hardest x___x i just can't seem to get the nose right arrrghhh!!

  47. PaPaBoSs Ffire says:

    Sir, can you draw my face

  48. Gohar Avetisyan says:

    Nice video!Thanks for sharing!

  49. SpiffyGolf says:

    You're amazing thx

  50. Haidee Gonzalez says:

    I cant get the lips right goddamnit 😂😂

  51. Magic Pencil says:

    I just love your tutorials ..they are amazing and helpful

  52. Mega Supertramp says:

    How big is the inner circle relative to the outer circle?

  53. Lem says:

    A quick question. Can I apply this to a female head?

  54. dks. ksoo says:

    you are the best teacher in youtube!. 😄😍 thank you so much! 🙇

  55. MeM مےم says:

    Thank you translation into Arabic شكراً 🦋

  56. Gunner Studios says:

    Stan, all your drawing videos are superior to any others I've seen on you tube. You're clear, precise, and interesting to listen to. Glad I've discovered these.

  57. Tao Naomi says:

    thank you for this, I can draw but my proportions is what I struggle with! omg I feel so legit now

  58. Fati Fatima says:

    Thanks for those videos, but the probleme that you explain and you draw the features quickly.

  59. CaptainMyCaptain says:

    It’s really interesting how you hold your pencil. Is that so you don’t smear your lines? How long did it take you to master holding the pen that way and or did you just start that way?
    Have any video tips on holding the pencil that way?

  60. asma alrutaib says:

    I really want to thank you so much for this video, I can’t believe that I draw something like this ,it’s really really great 😭💗💗

  61. Mohammed Salah says:

    Hi Stan, can I take snapshots and share it to my group to study the angels? Appreciate it

  62. costantino giorgi says:

    one of the best tuts thx

  63. SSS says:

    Welp…. the angle thingy with the fractions are in need of serious practise in my papers… Why do I forget about the processes this quickly??

  64. Letmelive - Gaming says:

    Sorry, it was pretty hard to follow your guide

  65. Asar Khalid says:

    this ia only video on YouTube that i m able to understand the dimensions others just beat around the bush ..

  66. M. Buysum says:

    Thank you !!

  67. Kenyce says:

    I found this complicated at first and use to draw portraits the old fashioned eye balling way, I want to be a versatile artist so I must learn anyway I can to draw what I want to. These tutorials are what I wish I found before taking drawing seriously since a year ago

  68. Gayithri Pj says:

    Thank you so much, sir. Good job.

  69. leandro valvano says:

    Congrats! Your technique is awesome!

  70. TheeMichaelPHaley says:

    Jesus Christ I suck

  71. Som Savara says:

    Supper. …

  72. phirsh says:

    Stop it i dont have any friends

  73. Davidsteven7 Huamani says:


  74. NoeRod says:

    With just 3 minutes of tutorial I´ve learned so much!!
    Thank you <3

  75. paul 1066 says:

    This one was too rushed for me when adding the features. Is there a video for basic features?

  76. Lou La Belle says:

    You're officially my favorite person on YouTube! I have been working on learning to "draw" for a while but have had to trace a lot of the main structure of the head/faces. I have been watching tons of videos trying to find one that really breaks it down enough for a beginner to easily follow. You are the first I've been able to follow and have it actually look like what you have drawn! Well done! Thanks so much!

  77. All Might says:

    This makes me feel better at attempting to draw from this angle.

  78. aleksey chernobay says:

    Good lessons from you. If you're interested, support my wife, who paints portraits on iPad Pro in Procreate:

  79. GYAAN MANDIR says:

    It's not easy to impress me…and you're actually good !

  80. AJ HB says:

    I fucking LOVE your videos mate!!! 👍🏼👍🏼

  81. Shari T says:

    Excellent video!! Thanks for posting!!

  82. Timmering says:


  83. ali raza says:

    A good lesson for me thanks you

  84. Jamille Cañano says:

    Who's here to learn how to draw properly as well? <3

  85. Deniz Sarıkaya says:

    Thank you so much for all of your videos, I find them very helpful. I have Loomis' book and even though he tries to explain everything in detail, I couldn't apply his method until I've seen your videos. They're full of valuable insights.
    I know you made videos about individual features but can you also make a video about positioning all of them on the Loomis head please? It would help a lot.

  86. ร๏гค says:

    What about girls?

  87. Nandeesh Halakar says:

    Great teacher of art

  88. Fog smog says:

    I will always rewatch these videos

  89. Yasmin Toon says:

    I wish if i can double like your videos!

  90. soham s shirwalkar says:

    bruh! your great!

  91. Санчоус Барановский says:

    спасибо за видосы бро!

  92. Vinod Shrivastava says:

    Very easy tyke to draw face..Very nice

  93. Lee Mung says:

    Спасибо, очень крутые видосы)

  94. Kat says:

    is it bad practice to begin with say a protractor and a measuring tape, just to get the ideas down first? I of course want to progress to being able to do it by hand/sight, but I feel like I just need to get the basic principles of perspective down…thoughts my fellow artists?

  95. Рафи Садродин says:


  96. GlitchZ AMVz says:

    How to you make those relations for chin to nose and all

  97. Никита Чудин says:


  98. VARUN TAANK says:

    agar hindi me hoti to or bhi help hoti sir

  99. Aisling Flynn says:

    This was so stressful to draw

  100. Draw with Shivam sk says:

    I'm interested

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