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How to Draw Lips & Mouth 101

Tamas Benko

How to Draw Lips & Mouth 101

Tamas Benko

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7 Lessons (53m)
    • 1. What's in This Class?

    • 2. The Structure of the Mouth

    • 3. Sketching the Lips

    • 4. Start Shading the Lips

    • 5. Draw a Smile

    • 6. Draw Realistic Lips

    • 7. What's Next?

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About This Class

In this beginner class you can learn and practice drawing the lips/mouth with a pencil.

I'll be drawing in real time, so you can follow along easily.
No previous drawing knowledge is necessary.
This drawing class is for Beginners.

Minimum tool requirements:

  • a pencil
  • an eraser
  • some copy papers

Or you can use any digital drawing tools if you have. I'll be using the popular Procreate app on the iPad with the Apple Pencil. A drawing tablet with Photoshop is also a good option.

Class content

  • First, you get an overview on the the structure of the mouth
  • Then we'll be drawing the lips from different angles using reference photos
  • Finally, I'll show you a trick on digital tools about how to add any colors to the lips

This class is a great exercise for human portrait drawing. Plus, it will be a few hours relaxing activity.

Now if you'd like to develop your drawing skills, take your pencil and paper and start watching my lessons!

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Tamas Benko


Hi, I'm Tamas.

I love to teach new skills to students.

My classes focus on basic drawing skills including lots of drawing & sketching exercises. If you're a beginner at drawing, you can learn how to draw & sketch. You can also learn portrait drawing including all facial features (the eyes, the nose, the lips, the ears). There is a dedicated class for one of the most important drawing skills called shading. For these classes you just need a simple graphite pencil to start with.

I also like to use the Procreate 5X app on the iPad with the Apple Pencil for digital art. I have an extensive class on how to use Procreate for digital illustration (drawing & painting).

Beyond art, I also love numbers. Thanks to my original profession I have 20+ years experi... See full profile

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1. What's in This Class?: In this class, you will learn how to draw the lips and the mouth with the pencil. We'll be using reference photos to draw the mouth from different angles. No previous drawing knowledge is necessary. This class is aimed to develop your drawing skills that you can utilize in portrait drawing. Welcome, my name is Thomas. If you are interested in drawing human portraits and you'd like to improve your lips and mouth drawing skills. This class is for you to follow along. All you need is some copy papers, pencil, and an eraser. However, hobby using the popular drawing and painting gap, procreate on the iPad with the Apple Pencil to show you some of the benefits that digital tools can provide. First, we will discuss the structure of the mouth. Then we will be drawing lips from different angles using reference photos. Finally, for those of you who use digital tool, I'll be showing a trick to paint the lips in any color, preserving the texture of your drawing. I hope you are excited. Now let's draw some beautiful lips together. See you in the next video. 2. The Structure of the Mouth: When you start drawing the lives, the most important thing to note is that the lips are not laying on a flat surface. So this 2D approach is not what we are looking for. Instead, you need to think of the lips as if they were on a rounded surface like this. You can also imagine that the mouth with the dental is fit into a sphere. Actually, in anatomic, it is called the dentist sphere in the scar. The lips are on the surface of this sphere. We can simplify the surface with planes facing in three different directions. I marked them with numbers. These three different orientations will be useful when we start shading the lips. The structure looks something like this inside you. 3. Sketching the Lips: As a first step, let's observe these beautiful lips in front you. Mark the structure, we dread them. You will need to remember the volume of the lips as we are drawing. I tried to draw with me. Feel free to pause the video in case you fall behind. Let's make a sketch of this mouth. I'm creating the outline step-by-step. Let's draw some cross contour lines to mark the volume of the lower limit. And the upper limb. Above the upper lip, there is this typical notch just below the nostrils. Good. I start each complex drawing with a simple sketch like this. It's crucial to have a proportionally right sketch before we move on. 4. Start Shading the Lips: Alright, let's go a little bit further. With this second photo. I'm drawing the basic structural first, loose strokes. I'm observing the orientation of each line and trying to copy my drawing. I redraw this contour lines with a little bit bigger pressure. Some of them will be erased later. But I'd like to see if the shape of the ellipse is correct. What's this drinkers on the lips? These are very important features. Observe their directions and randomness and tried to copy. You don't have to draw every single wrinkle. Just choose some important ones. It's enough to reflect the nature or essence of the skin folds. The position of this is also important. Let's start the shading, going with the darkest areas first. The upper lip casts a shadow on the faith, and I do the shading. I'm not going with the darker stone right away. I build up the shading layer by layer, some observing the shadows on the photo. And I'm trying to copy those shapes onto my drawing. Shading the lips, your pencils should follow the 3D volume of the angle is changing as we move around. Now I'm erasing the contour line on the upper lip, which will make the join more realistic. And I start to add some highlights. I can do this because my background color is set to about 85%. If you are working with traditional tools, use your eraser to make these light areas. The contrast won't be as strong as mine, but that's okay. I'm switching back to dark and giving some context to the mouth. I'm constantly changing black and white and building up the shading layer by layer this way. Alright, let's see another viewing angle in the next video. 5. Draw a Smile: Now let's see a smile on the face. This will be a good exercise for drawing the teeth to. I'm starting off with the dentist sphere. I'm drawing the center line of the face. This will be the dental. The tip of the nose, the cheekbone, the lower lip, and the upper limb. The contour line of the change we'll be here. However, these contour lines will be erased later. The teeth much more defined by the gum they are embedded in. And the darkness of the oral cavity. Or in this viewing angle by the darker tone of the lower lip. And you draw a portrait. You don't use this sharp or clean contour lines. This is just a study to see the structure of the facial features as well. That's why I'm using this dark tone. If I realize any incorrect placement or of course, the sooner you fix these issues, unless you need to reach. Let's start shading the lips. I'm using would be darker than the photo shows. You can always have an artistic decision like this. Higher contrasts usually makes for joining the better. The brightest areas on this face. So I'm using the feeling and I'm wiping out these contour lines around the field to make them more realistic. 6. Draw Realistic Lips: Now let's copy this beautiful mouth in a fairly realistic style. It takes a little bit more time, but the result will be satisfying, I guess. So let's build up the base structure with the proper orientation. We are drawing lose lines we'd like don't first, forms will show up slowly. The likeness of your drawing will be just as good as how you place the structural lines in their proper positions. Let's locate there are some shadows below the nostril. All right, we have the base structure so we can start drawing with darker tones. Maybe this contour line is too dark. What's the wrinkles on the bottom line? Our goal is not to copy each of them one by one. Just to illustrate the main character of it. Let's draw the darkest parts of the lips. The lower lip is pretty bright, but let's give it a base middle tone. Highlight later. Notice that my shading strokes followed the volume of the lower limb. Watch on this photo. So I'm adding some very light gray tone to them. Let's continue with the lower limb. I'm using the curve of this part of the lower limb. Let's give some contour to the bottom of the lower limb. Right below here. Let's give some more context to the mouth. I'm using the eraser again to remove this contour line from the upper limb. It's time to emphasize these wrinkles with darker gray, which is almost black. Randomness is important in this phase. Now, observing the whole picture and trying to boot the tones in balance at each part of my drawing. So I'm looking at the light and dark areas on the photo. Trying to reflect them. Now let's show these liberal highlights heading more contrast to our drawing. Now is the time to make the lower lip brighter. I'm adding some highlights on this photo and some more darkness here. And for the sake of contrast, I think I'm okay with what did you manage to draw something great. Now, my favorite part is coming. Let's add some color to lives using the overlay blending mode. So I'm adding a new layer at the top. I'm changing its blending mode to overlay. I'm choosing a nice color, a little bit less saturated than the one I'd like to see. I'm setting in airbrushed type of brush and start painting the lips on the new layer. The texture of my drawing will be intact because of the overlay blending mode. How great is that? I think we have done. 7. What's Next?: Congratulations to you for completing this class. I hope you enjoyed it and successfully improved your drawing skills. I'd really like to see what you have learned. I'd like to ask you to find and engaging photo. If someone tried to find a photo where the leaves are in an interesting position. Georgia leaps and upload. It has a JPEG file to your project section. I can't wait to see your drawing. What's next? If you'd like to explore other facial features, check my other classes. I planned to upload a class for each visual feature. Press the Follow button to get notified. Finally, I'd like to ask you to give feedback on this class. If you manage to do all of your drawing skills and had a good time, I'd appreciate if you let me know. Thank you. I wish you the best. Goodbye.