For beginners and experts alike in drawing, drawing a human face, animal face, and any animated objects is always fun. The first step in drawing any face is learning how to draw various facial expressions first.
We have created a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw a small, made easier with 9 easy steps and simple illustrations. In this tutorial, we’ll be learning how to draw a smile—a classic happy facial expression.
All you need is a piece of paper and a pencil and you’re all set to start drawing a face! Don’t forget to grab your favorite coloring materials too so we can color the smiley face once we’ve finished drawing it.
Have fun drawing a beaming facial expression!
What's in this Blog Post
- How to Draw a Smile — Let’s get started!
- Step 1
- Step 2 — Draw the Left Eyebrow of the Face
- Step 3 — Next Complete Both Eyebrows
- Step 4 — Then, Put a Wide Smile on the Face
- Step 5 — Draw a Smile Line on the Left Side
- Step 6 — Add a Smile Line on Both Sides
- Step 7 — Draw the Eye on the Left Side
- Step 8 — Complete Drawing Both Eyes
- Step 9 — Now, Add a Blushing Effect
- Your Smile Drawing is Complete!
How to Draw a Smile — Let’s get started!
Start by drawing a perfect circle shape in the very middle of your paper. This outlines the head of the smiley face.
If you need help drawing a perfect circle, don’t hesitate to use a compass. It is a drawing tool that assists you in drawing a symmetrical circle quickly and easily.
Here’s a useful tip: create reference lines by drawing an intersecting horizontal and vertical line across your paper.
The point where the two lines meet marks the spot on where you should draw the circle. This helps ensure that the smiley face will be drawn in the center.
Step 2 — Draw the Left Eyebrow of the Face
Draw a short downward curved line on the upper left side of the face.
This forms the left eyebrow of the smiley face.
Step 3 — Next Complete Both Eyebrows
Draw another short downward curved line on the opposite side of the face. This forms the right eyebrow of your smiley face.
After completing this step, the face should now have a pair of eyebrows. Make sure that the eyebrows are parallel to each other.
Step 4 — Then, Put a Wide Smile on the Face
At the bottom of the face, draw an upward curved line to create the smile.
This curved line should be relatively longer than the first two curved lines we drew in the previous step as this should form a huge grin.
Step 5 — Draw a Smile Line on the Left Side
Draw a short line converging with the left endpoint of the smile that we drew in the previous step.
This creates a smile line on the left side of the smiley face.
Step 6 — Add a Smile Line on Both Sides
Repeat the previous step on the opposite endpoint of the smile.
Now, you have a smile line on both sides. Smile lines make the smile appear bigger and wider.
Step 7 — Draw the Eye on the Left Side
Draw a standing oval shape right underneath the left eyebrow. This creates the outline of the left eye of your smiley face.
Then, draw two small circle shapes within the eye. Now, add shade to the entire eye while leaving out the two tiny circles unshaded. This creates an illusion of glimmer in the eye.
Take note that the circle on the upper part of the eye should be a bit bigger than the one at the bottom.
Step 8 — Complete Drawing Both Eyes
Repeat the previous step on the opposite side to create the right eye of your smiley face.
After completing this step, you should now have a pair of huge, gleaming eyes. This helps make the face appear more ecstatic!
Step 9 — Now, Add a Blushing Effect
Add more emotion to your smiley face by making the cheeks appear flushed. Proceed by drawing a small sideways oval shape on each cheek to create a dramatic blushing effect.
Now that we’ve successfully drawn a smiley face, it’s time for the part you’re probably most excited about, which is coloring your drawing.
As you can see in the illustration, we colored the smiley face using the same colors of an emoji. We used a vibrant yellow color for the entire face and a hint of pinkish hue for the blushing cheeks.
You can opt to color your smiley face similar to how we’ve done ours or you can use a unique set of colors.
We recommend doing the latter so you can have fun playing with colors and customizing your artwork!
Your Smile Drawing is Complete!
We hope you have fun with this step-by-step drawing tutorial. That was quick and easy, wasn’t it?
Now that you’re capable of drawing a smiling face, you can incorporate this whenever you want to draw a human face with a happy facial expression. You can use this for animals too and on any object you want to animate!
There are a lot of other facial expressions signifying different emotions. Which facial expression would you like to draw next?
Let us know and we’ll do our best to curate a drawing tutorial for it. Don’t forget to check out our “How to Draw” catalog so you can keep enjoying brand-new drawing tutorials.
Once you’re done drawing and coloring a smile, make sure to show off the results of your hard work. Take a picture of your masterpiece and share it on our Facebook page and Pinterest.
Don’t be embarrassed, we’re sure it looks awesome. While you’re at it, we hope you take time to like our Facebook page too!
We’re excited to see your colorful smile drawing!