How to draw lips – 10 easy steps
I came up with this method one day after associating a pair of lips with a bow and arrow. For this tutorial, I will be using the following materials: u2013 Mechanical Pencil with 0.5mm HB Ain lead u2013 Derwent Graphic 6B Pencil. u2013 Kneaded Eraser u2013 Blending Stump. u2013 Smooth Bristol Paper
Step 1: Draw a Triangle
Draw a long isosceles triangle with a curve halfway down (similar to a “u”). Draw a straight horizontal line between the “u” and the triangle’s base. See my tutorial on drawing faces for more information on where to place your triangle.
Step 2: Draw a bow
Make a circle shape with an erasable surface to make the outlines for the top lip.
Step 3: Draw the bottom lip
Using the horizontal line as a guide, draw the lips, bottom lip, and mouth opening. If you’re having trouble with this step, click here to watch me draw it step by step on YouTube.
Step 4: Decide on the light direction
Determine where the light source is coming from after erasing the triangle; I’ve outlined the areas I want to highlight as well as added a cast shadow on the left side of the bottom lip.
Step 5: Shade the top and bottom lip
Both the top and bottom lip should be shaded, with the areas mentioned in STEP 4 remaining the lightest. As you can see, there is a dark shadow under the bottom lip, but it fades on the right side.
Step 6: Add lip wrinkles
Use the contour shading technique described in my shading tutorial to add lip wrinkles to your drawing. Don’t press too hard or the effect in the next step will be difficult to achieve. 1. Create some lip wrinkles with a 0.5mm HB pencil.
Step 7: Blend the bottom lip
Smooth out the shading on the bottom lip with a blending stump, avoiding the areas mentioned in STEP 4 to make the lips appear more plump and round. You’ll notice that the lip wrinkles gradually blend in with the shading, but they shouldn’t go away!
Step 8: Clean up highlights
To create the effect, clean up the highlights with the pointed end of a kneaded eraser.
Step 10: Touch ups
Experiment with different triangle shapes and positioning of the guides in STEP 2. Click here to learn how to draw 10 different kinds of lips (smile, frown, smirk, etc.) using a 6b pencil.
How do you draw lips easily?
Step 1: Create a Triangle Create a long isosceles triangle with a curve halfway down (similar to a “u” shape) and a straight horizontal line between the “u” shape and the triangle’s base. The longer the horizontal line, the wider the lips will be.