How to Draw a Smile Step by Step
This tutorial demonstrates how to draw a smile in twelve easy steps, including how to structure your line drawing and how to apply shading. The examples in this tutorial demonstrate how you can get a nice and professional-looking drawing with very few lines and shading.
Step 1 – Draw the Guide Lines for the Smile
The horizontal line should run through where you want the middle of the smile to ensure that both halves of the mouth are relatively even in width. The goal of this line is to help you make sure that the lips are not overly skewed to one side.
Step 2 – Outline the Shape of the Lips
In this step-by-step tutorial, sketch the outer shape of the mouth, omitting any of the smaller curves. Draw the upper part of the lips with only straight liens that resemble a flattened letter “M,” and the lower part with a curve that transitions into a straight line.
Step 3 – Outline the Shape of the Mouth
Add the opening of the mouth/inner shape inside the outer drawing of the lips; you can simplify this by using straight lines for the upper portion, and you can erase the horizontal guide line once you’re done to keep your drawing from becoming too cluttered.
Step 4 – Outline the Combined Shape of the Teeth
Inside the mouth, draw the outline of the upper row of teeth and a hint of the lower row; in general, the front teeth will be longer and the back teeth will be shorter, which will be emphasized by perspective, which will make the back teeth appear smaller.
Step 5 – Space Out the Teeth
The back teeth will be partially hidden behind other teeth and appear narrower, whereas the front teeth will be larger than the adjacent sets of teeth.
Step 6 – Outline the Organic Shape of the Lips
Begin by outlining the lips and adding their smaller curves, making these lines darker than the construction lines but not too difficult to erase once completed.
Step 8 – Clean Up the Drawing
Finally, erase all of the construction lines and repeat the steps below to clean up the drawing.
Step 9 – Shade the Mouth
Begin by darkening the inside of the mouth with a very dark grey (you can even just make it black) using a pencil, paints, or markers – but a pencil is recommended.
Step 11 – Shade the Lips
Finally, shade in the lips with a grey that is slightly darker than the gums, but leave a few light spots, similar to the example above, as highlights (light reflecting from the lips). Highlights can help make the lips look more shiny, wet, and three-dimensional than if you simply shade without them.
Step 12 – Finish the Smile Drawing
Finally, to make the mouth look even more three-dimensional, you can add some fairly generic shading. In this case, the mouth will be shaded as if it were in fairly common lighting conditions, such as a well-lit room or a daytime outside, with the shadows cast as follows: Below the bottom lip (on the gums) u2013 cast by the lip In each corner of the mouth on the bottom lip u2013 cast by the lip
Start with a construction drawing, then a line drawing, and finally shading to create a fairly realistic looking smile drawing. Of course, the same principles and similar drawing steps can be applied to drawing other parts of the body as well as many other objects.
How can I naturally smile with my teeth?
If your top and bottom rows of teeth are pushed together, clamped down on each other, or even just touching when you smile, your neck muscles tense up and sometimes bulge out of your skin in an unflattering way. Keep a small gap between your two rows of teeth for a more natural, softer smile.
How do you draw ideas?
Ideas for Drawing: Imagination
- Create an alternate cover for your favorite book or album.
- Illustrate a scene from your favorite song.
- Draw a scene or character from your favorite book.
- Illustrate your favorite fairy-tale.
- Invent your own insects.