How to draw lips

April 6, 2019

Drawing lips in such a detailed way is a step-by-step process. You will need several layers to draw them.

Don't be discouraged, when the first layer does not look like real lips. Simply continue drawing and you will see, some layers later, the lips will appear absolutely different.

STEP 1: define the size of the lips by using basic forms:

this step is the most important one. Because here you define the proportions of the lips: the length and the width in total, but also the size of the upper and the lower lips.
The lines are drawn slightly (with a 6B, for example), so that you can easily remove the traces of the sketch and you can immediately start with the details of the drawing.
> if you have questions concerning the material, you are welcome to have a look on the blog post "I'd like to start drawing-which material do I need?".

STEP 2: You continue to draw with the 6B pencil.

The lips in general protrude slightly from the rest of the face. There are soft highlights on the lips, especially on the bottom lip. So you draw those highlights already at the beginning to avoid darker shades in the highlight. It’s much more difficult to brighten up darker shades to create highlights instead of leaving the highlights out.
This first layer is very soft.

When you darken the lips, keep in mind the texture of the lips and draw those curved vertical lines. Some lines are drawn softer, some are drawn harder.

STEP 3: As you can see in the video, the blending stick is a wonderful instrument to create textures on the lips. Keep on drawing the curved vertical lines also with the blending stick. (If you have no blending stick with you, let's make one by yourself - here's the instruction video for it: Blending stick. How to use it. How to make one.)

Continue to draw lines and to add shades to form the lips by using different pencils as well as the blending stick: the 2B pencil is used for drawing thinner lines and the 6B pencil for the darker lines.

STEP 4: The corners of the mouth are clearly darker than the rest of the mouth. For those dark areas, you can use the 6B pencil. Another dark area is also under the bottom-lip.

STEP 5: shading around the lips: as the upper lips are slightly in front, they stick out farther, there’s a brighter area at the top of the upper lip. This area can be accentuated by a light shading of the area above the upper lip.

Hope you enjoyed your lip drawing experience.

If you have any questions on this topic or if you would like to share your drawings, you are welcome to post them on Facebook or Instagram, by tagging my account or posting it as a comment in my timeline!

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Barbara Baumann

Hallo, I'm an illustrator and Skillshare teacher from Austria. After great experiences in the Marketing and Database sector, I finally realised that I simply need to follow my enthusiasm and fascination for drawing and illustrating.

What fascinates me most, is this way to communicate without using any words. So expressive, so global. And this leads me to my second fascination about drawing: the exchange with others, with you! In my drawing courses I simply love to see the enormous developments of each participant - initiated by exchange and practice. That's what I like to do here, too. 

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