Look at the picture to the left. Which one looks right to
you? The face with the square glasses or the round one?
If you said the square one, good for you! Now, why did you
The right one, when it comes down to drawing it, is what
you would probably draw considering perspective... but that's
exactly why it is wrong!
You'll notice a line drawn behind the heads- this is the
horizon. Everything points back to a point in the horizon
- usually something at the back of the head when drawing
someone facing you. But when it comes to drawing glasses,
perspective does not apply unless the glasses is overly
huge for the person's head or exaggerated.
In real life, the lens of the glasses themselves
are small causing the wire frame extending to the ear to
bend outwards as in the first example.
Though this may be the case, you can break this rule.. look
below for reason...
The male on the left is an example of a improper way to
draw glasses generally. The only way this would pass muster
is if the lens are supposed to be bigger than is normal
- for example, if the glasses was passed down and is too
big for him, or he is unfashionable and prefers big glass
lens than the more hip smaller glasses.
The female on the right the right way to draw glasses.
In this case, though, it goes a bit further and the bend
of the wire frame is exaggerated. Why, you ask? Look at
her. What do you think about her and her character because
of her glasses?
When I drew her, I had a character in mind who was a bit
messy, and unkempt. Notice her ruffled hair and the glasses
emphasize this fact even more. You can further speculate
that she is a goody-goody student, a bit on the nerdy side,
and a good-natured girl. Is this what you thought also?
Drawing quarter glasses is basically drawing parallel (lines
like || that never meet) and perpendicular (lines like _|_
or a T that meet) lines.
Just draw a line going across the front of the face that
will be the lens of the glasses.
Then, draw lines that are parallel to each other on either
ends of the "lens" line.
Finish the picture with the shape of the glasses and erase
the lines going across the face.
male here has thick glasses- notice you can't hardly see
the side of the glasses on his right side? It's being blocked
mainly by the frame.
The female there has circular type glasses- the typical
type of glasses that manga artist's draw. It shows the eyes
openly unlike the glasses of the guys which hides them.
In another note, you can use glasses to emphasize character-
for example, wouldn't someone wearing thick framed glasses
seem like he is hiding something? Or maybe isn't that out-going?
The female, with her wide and open glasses looks like the
upbeat, out-going type, right? In effect, glasses are not
just for decoration or for seeing purposes- it also adds
The only thing to know about side glasses is that you draw
a long rectangular-type shape for the sides of the lens
and a line coming from the lens to the ear.
Pretty easy huh?
The male facing the left has lens that is only a line.
It is best to draw a thick line or else the lens will fade
into the masses of hair.
happen to draw a mask or uncommon glasses, remember that
you have to draw the sides of the glasses accordingly as
well! The samples I've shown are only normal-type glasses.
Also, if you happen to draw glasses with a sort of this
lens like the girl over there, make sure that when you color
it, it's not the lens you're coloring but the frame of the
glasses! On a side note, remember to color the frames according
to the character's personality! You'd think it'll be funny
or weird if that guy there had a pink frame- wouldn't you?
Glass studies in all views in one pic: