We can begin with a simple drawing of a circle and grid to establish the different features. We then can lightly erase that grid and use the ghost lines of that grid to help us establish features on the face.
We want to work on all the features of the face making sure we build the character so that the hair does not look out of place. In many ways anime hair is not just about the hair itself but how it suits the anime style and therefore the character’s features.
Play around with how you would like the hairline to fill in on the forehead of the anime character. Try to imagine what the character would look like with a buzz cut as a way of determining the hairline.
This is where we can slightly erase the features of the character to now start working over it with more refined details. Again, working in layers is a great way to capture the qualities as best as possible with a more refined sketch with each layer.