How to Draw an Angry Face

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How to Draw an Angry Face
(Illustrations by Andrew DeWitt)

Humans have a wide range of emotions but one of the most powerful has been anger. Anger is an emotion that also comes in comic books stories and illustrations. These stories feature heroes bent on revenge or villains twisted by the pain of a past injustice. Drawing anger on the human face is an important technique to learn. This can be done with a relatively minor adjustment to the overall face. By following a few simple techniques you can create and angry face to add to your own growing drawing knowledge.

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Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Black Ink Pen
  • Kneaded Eraser

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  1. 1

    Draw and oval for the face. Add a cylinder underneath for a neck. Inside the face draw a vertical line running down the centre of the face. Add a horizontal line across the face and smaller horizontal line below the first.

    How to Draw an Angry Face
  2. 2

    Add the eyes with ovals on the first horizontal line. Add the eyebrows with two diagonal curved lines above the eyes. Add the nose with a triangle shape just above the mouth. Draw the ears small rectangle shaped ovals on the side of the head.

    How to Draw an Angry Face
  3. 3

    Flesh out the details on the face to make the character appear angry. Add diagonal lines to the forehead just above the eyebrows. Create a furrowed brow effect with horizontal lines across the forehead. Add a square shape jutting out from each side of the chin. Add pupils and irises with semicircles inside the eyes.

    How to Draw an Angry Face
  4. 4

    Add a diagonal line coming down from each side of the nose. Add the lower lip with a curved line under the horizontal mouth line. Draw two parallel vertical lines under the nose and join the lines together before they meet the lip.

  5. 5

    Erase the guidelines. Ink the entire drawing. Let the ink dry and carefully erase the pencil lines. Add shadows with heavy strokes of black ink under the eyebrows, nose, chin and lower lip.

    How to Draw an Angry Face

Tips and warnings

  • You can use these techniques and apply them to any type of face to make a character appear angry.

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