How to Draw Lips – Step by Step

How to Draw Lips – Step by Step

Hey Stan Prokopenko here, welcome to another
episode of Proko! You should watch my previous video in which I cover some anatomy and structure
of the lips. If you want to look at the reference photo
while you watch me draw, just find this post on and it’s just below the video. THE LAY-IN With lips, I start my layins with the landmarks.
Find the width and angle of the lips by indicating the corners. Since, she’s looking slightly
away from us to the left, the center line will curve out and to the left. This will
help me find the placement of the top of the tubercle and bottom of the bottom lip. With the landmarks in place, lets think about
those squishy little pillows. Remember how in the last video I said there are three at
the top and 2 at the bottom? On her, the tubercle is flat and you can barely see it. This is
actually quite common. The tubercle is just fatty tissue, so its prominence will vary. The wings on the sides of her lips are very
round and easy to see. The two pads on the lower lip are subtle, so the separation is
kinda hard to see. TWO-VALUES When I start shading a drawing I like to first
determine the angle from which the light source is coming from. This will help me visualize
what values to make each plane. If the plane is facing the light it will be lighter, if
its facing away it will be darker, and everything in between. To figure out the direction of
the light source I mainly just look at 2 things. First, the cast shadows. The bottom lip is
casting a shadow on to the left side of the chin. So, I know that the light source is
at the top right. But it’s not too far to the right, its very close to center. The other
indication of the direction of the light source is the highlight. It’s on the right side
of the lip, towards the top, same as the light source. So, all the planes that are facing down and
to the left, are in shadow. Now, notice how there is actually a Second
light source coming directly from the left. This secondary light source isn’t as bright
as the main light source, and for now I’m going to ignore it. Most of the volume is
defined by the main light source, so I’ll focus on that first. The side of the top lip face down and are
in shadow, but as we get closer to the middle, her top lip gets very round and the top portion
actually points up at the light source. So, the core shadow in this case is towards the
bottom in the middle, and along the top ridge on the sides. Going FULL VALUE with DARK ACCENTS The darkest accents on the lips will almost
always be in the corners, along the crease, core shadows, and just under the bottom of
the bottom lip. When defining the crease, make sure to think about the overlapping forms
and vary your line weight, so it doesn’t just look like an outline. HALFTONES and HIGHLIGHTS The top lip, even though it curves and points
up, doesn’t curve enough to point directly at the light source, like the bottom lip.
So, the entire lit area of the top lip will all be a darker value halftone. With gradations
to define the roundness of the squishy little pillows. Add some gradations to define the bottom lip.
I want the highlight to be bright and sharp, so I need to make sure the halftones around
it are dark enough the make the highlight stand out. Once you start making your halftones
dark, double check to make sure that the shadows are significantly darker, so that the halftones
don’t start looking like shadows. The corners of the lips have a slight gradation,
but the bean shape of the nodes, is not very prominent on her. I’ll define the plane changes of the region
above the top lip. I’m going to take out the cast shadow from the nose. I feel like
it would look strange there without a nose casting it. And instead I’ll define the
planes of the philtrum. The area under the lips will be mostly halftone
since these planes face down. Now I’ll add that secondary light source
and make sure it stays in a supporting role and doesn’t become the main character. Finally let’s CLEAN UP some EDGES AND SHAPES I’ll go through the drawing one more time
and do some cleanup work to define things a little better. Alright, so I’m going to be giving this
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100 thoughts on “How to Draw Lips – Step by Step

  1. Great tutorial – some of the other tutorials you put the reference side-by-side with the finished drawing, it would have been useful in this case.  Thanks Stan – love my premium content too.

  2. Proko  i have a small problem on how far  the lips suppose to be from nose when you draw the head for example and you do it like a simple form does you split it into  thirds? in which third should the lips are excuse my  stupid question but well it's not long since i started take a more tour in the world of drawing.

  3. hey proko- I started watching your facial features videos after watching your series on how to draw the head from different angles. I thought that you would have videos on facial features RELATING TO the head. these are very helpful, but not what I'm looking for. where can I find more about the change of facial features as the head moves? or do I just have to figure that out through a bunch of mistakes….?

  4. what kind of pencil do you use?i have a lot of black and white pencils and i have never seen one like the one that you have.

  5. I love to draw but I face a hard time to get done with one drawing especially with shading it never looked perfect on one of my drawings

  6. Hey!! Just wanted to let you know that our class is using your videos to teach me and my classmates how to draw realistically. You make awesome videos!! Our art teacher chose someone really good to use for art!! Earned a new subscriber!!

  7. Its awesome Proko..its too helpful for all. I request you to post some videos for the beginners. And especially the Shading on the face. Thanks in advance and waiting for your reply

  8. Your videos are the only post-high school art courses I can afford to attend. Such a relief to be LEARNING again!

  9. When I draw lips, I like to do it more differently but it's more like a amateur look cause I am just beginning to finally learn to draw portraits of people.

  10. Welcome, to a League Of Legends Champion Spotlight. Featuring Proko, The Artists' Savior.

    Proko is an artist. A great sketcher, who helps his people discover their talents.

    In game, Proko is a high burst mage that excels at Self and team utility.

    Q-Pencil Torment

    Proko tosses a pencil that marks the target enemy, and explodes after a short delay.

    If Pencil Torment is casted on minions, the pencil pierces towards anything in it's path. If it hits 1 enemy minion, the minion is fully killed and restores 10% mana based on level.

    W- Anatomy Cage

    Proko sends out his friend Skelly to surround the enemy champion and roots them for 1 second.


    Proko smudges the charcoal he throws on the ground.

    If enemy champions walk over it, they're slowed and take damage overtime.
    If an ally champion walks over it, they gain movement speed and a shield for 6 seconds.

    R-Artist's Rage

    Proko creates a hole on the ground; after a pencil launches, every enemy is knocked up and are stunned for 2 seconds.

    I was bored so I wrote this.

  11. I love your videos. I am following them all, I would love to know which pencils you use because the ones I use never get that dark. Thank you in advance.

  12. I remember how awful I drew the lips, but this video (along with a Russian Academy art book) helped me understand wtf I was doing wrong. Going over this video (and other Proko videos) helped me visualize and understand why they always looked so flat.

    I really recommend people to watch the video to the end first, then draw—make sure to draw the guide lines and draw it just as he is in each step, then watch his videos to the respective anatomy. Understanding will start to happen when you listen, screw up, and listen again.

  13. How do you prepare these videos? Gorgeous for every video… Art and talent . I know how that feels. I mean "you're great again "

  14. Stan, you've changed my entire way of drawing for the better. Not only am I learning proportions, but I'm taking the experience slow and having fun.

    sending virtual hug

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