Nowadays, villainous characters are also very handsome and attractive.
In this article, I’ll show you some tips on how to draw the facial expressions of handsome villain characters.

1. The basics of a villain face

The key to creating a “bad face” that looks like a villainous character is to make the facial parts “asymmetrical”.
That’s it!
Unbalanced facial parts make for a more villainous face.

Here are some tips on how to make your face parts asymmetrical.

2. Eyebrows

The eyebrows are the part of the face that most easily conveys the expression of the character.
(The eyebrows are raised when the character is angry, lowered when the character is at ease, etc.)
However, if the eyebrows are repositioned too much, it can make the face look uncomfortable, so I just moved the left eyebrow up a little.

Draw your eyebrows, keeping in mind the position of the brow’s head, brow’s peak, and brow’s tail.

Eyebrow Position
The top of the eyebrow… Inside the eye socket.
Eyebrow peak… Outside of the eye.
The end of the eyebrow… an extension of the corner of the eye.

・Right eyebrow
In this case, because the right side of the face is more relaxed, the right eyebrow is closer to the space between the eyebrows, the forehead muscles face the eyes, and the eyebrow head looks concave.

Draw in the wrinkles between the eyebrows.
Observe and draw them in the mirror to see where the wrinkles will appear when you actually put pressure on your face.

3. Eyes

The eyes are the most visible part of the character.
In order to give the eyes a sense of imbalance when you look at the picture, I have made a very large change in the opening of the eyes.

The size of the highlight is another factor that can greatly affect the impression of the character.

・Large highlights

・Small highlight

The size of the highlight is a matter of taste, so adjust the shape with the eraser to get the size you like.
You can use the eraser to adjust the shape of the highlight to your liking, and try out different sizes, positions, and numbers before deciding on a specific highlight size for your eyes.

4. The mouth

Raise the corner of one side of your mouth to make a grimace.
The right side of your face is more relaxed, so raise the corner of your mouth on the right side.

Draw a reference line based on the left corner of the mouth.
Can you see that the right side of the mouth is higher than the left side?

It may be hard to see, but if you draw in the wrinkles at the corners of the mouth with a thin shadow, the quality will be much better.


These are the tips for drawing a villainous character.
The key is to make the eyebrows, eye width, and corners of the mouth asymmetrical.
If you keep these three points in mind, you will surely be able to draw an attractive villain character!
I urge you to try drawing your favorite villain character!

(Text and pictures by Mido Hachino)