How to Draw Lips | Drawing Tips

How to Draw Lips | Drawing Tips

What I always do is start out with a simple
shape. In this case I’m going to draw a mouth from
the front. Let’s imagine our character is smiling so
I’m going add sort of a curve line that indicates where that smile is going to go and then this
oval describes the shape of the lips. I think of the top lip as sort of two triangles
with a little indentation in the top. I think of the bottom lip, I tend to, again,
just map out a sort of a little square shape to describe the bottom lip and then bring
up the sides like that. The bottom lip tends to be a little bit thicker
than the top lip. And again, now that I’ve got those basic shapes,
I’m just going to land the actual lines. One thing that really helps the mouth look
realistic is when you get this little shape, I don’t know why, but top lips always do this
funny little thing in the middle. If you look at a mouth really closely, there’s
always kind of a little edge to the bottom. Again, now I’m just adding my shading lines,
they sort of, they describe the light hitting the mouth but they also describe the actual
shape of it. So now we can do the same mouth with a more
neutral expression. When the mouth smiles, the lips sort of tend
to get a little thinner so if I drew this exact same mouth in a more neutral expression
the lips would appear a tiny bit fuller. When this mouth is smiling, it stretches the
mouth sideways and that makes the mouth a little thinner in the center and it makes
the sides pull a little straighter. So lets imagine this character with the mouth
open. Again, I tend to think of everything as squares
when I’m blocking things out. So if I look at a person smiling I tend to
see their teeth as a literally just as a white box and that helps me sort of figure out the
construction of their mouth. And again, when the character is smiling it’s
going to stretch those lips out so this little bump in the center of the top lip is going
to flatten out when they smile. It’s good when you can, when you’re dealing
with something like teeth for instance, where it’s a lot of little complicated shapes, if
you can just think of the teeth as sort of a single white square shape. That really helps you to get into it. Then you can add a few little details around
the edges to make it look more like real teeth and just a little indication of gums. You’ll find if you try to draw every little
tooth, it kind of makes the person look kind of ghoulish. So I tend to do just a few nicks around the
edges that give me the appearance of teeth. Now I will show you more of a side view and
how to construct that. You always want to remember that the top lip
goes a little forward of the bottom lip so it’s sort of a triangle on its side. That’ll be the mouth. And that top lip, the little bumpy part in
the middle is just going to overlap that bottom lip kind of like that. The bottom lip again, is a little bit fuller,
it’s a little bit more circular in shape. The top lip looks a little more triangular
from the front, from the side I mean. The best thing to do is just draw constantly,
and just draw everything you see and you will build up a bank in your memory of images that
you know you how to draw without having to constantly reference everything.

46 thoughts on “How to Draw Lips | Drawing Tips

  1. After having done art class yesterday. YOU MAKE THE EXPLANATION SO SIMPLE!

  2. That's weird.. NOt the drawing but it's showing him left handed in the out view of the camera and when its in the zoomed view t's shows him using his right hand

  3. I like the drawings, but what you said about the smiling thing is like not really that true for some people.. I have REALLY thin lips and when I smile they get bigger if you know what I mean..

  4. Hey, could you please take a minute and follow my friend's page on instagram. She loves to sketch and nail paint. Feel free to give your suggestions.'s like my own sister and it would mean so much to me. Love you and thank you.

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