How to Draw Realistic Lips, Sketch Lips

Artist: catlucker / September 26, 2012

Step 1.

To start, this has been an amazing journey learning about lips and the mouth. I hope you will find something to learn in this picture. From the artist point of view, it is important to know the parts of your subject to convey a more knowledgeable and   

Step 2.

I couldn't resist drawing this picture of the inside of the mouth. It looks like a more dental approach. There are other names that match the previous picture. This picture reminds me of a comic book character yelling.

Step 3.

These next few steps are of Jessie J's lips in the preview picture. First step draw the cross lines lightly with a No. 2 pencil. In the second step start first with the inside outline of the mouth and progress to draw her teeth and tongue. The teeth    

Step 4.

Step three is simple. Draw her lip outline. In step four, you can now draw the rose and highlight shine.

Step 5.

Now you can color in her lips to match this step. I did not create shading for this drawing, but if you would like to draw Jessie J, I have a tut on her. Copy this link into your browser's address area:   

Step 6.

Here is a great exercise for drawing lips from the front, 3/4, and side viewpoints. Basically, with your No. 2 pencil, start with the middle section of the mouth. Follow the pictures to learn how the lip shape is formed through 3-dimensional and bloc   

Step 7.

For more parts of the lips, click on this picture. Visually, this is what we artists encounter while drawing. CUPID'S BOW: is the lip's shape. Imagine Cupid pulling back on the bow. When you rotate this picture to the right 90 degrees (clockwise), yo   

Step 8.

I loved drawing these lips. They were not only so much fun, but very unique. Check out the different shapes (nicknamed) lips can come in, even some that don't have that Cupid's Bow shape. Are there any celebrities, family, friends or even your lips t   

Step 9.

Female lips usually are fuller than a male lips. The key word is "usually." Click on this picture to see these full lips that belong to men. One might say they are quite feminine. I say coupling their male features of the face, they're quite attract   

Step 10.

This is a great sketch exercise to get you started. The lines are to help with lining up the lips and directional. Try to finish drawing the lips first then draw the teeth. Make sure you lightly sketch the gum shape. Do not show each line or gap and    

Step 11.

Here is the finished sketches without the guidelines and the viewpoints applied. Another thing to mention is lips tend to get thicker when the mouth puckers up as presented at the bottom line of sketches. For example when giving a kiss. Also at the b   

Step 12.

Now when you draw lips, the line which separates them needs to be drawn first and defined (dark). Also the cylinder shape in the picture represents the direction and perspective of the lips. Practice drawing them within the semi-cylindrical surface,    

Step 13.

Look for generalities (like the top lip is thinner than the bottom lip) and uniqueness (when lips are shaped differently, like top larger than bottom). When you learn to study your subject closely, you will get them right. Just like my guidelines, im   

Step 14.

The two parallel lines in gray are to give you ability to compare where the red intersecting lines go. Now draw lightly these red intersecting lines with a No. 2 pencil. You can space them farther apart or draw them on separate paper.

Step 15.

Draw in the middle section of the mouth(s). For the one chosen with teeth, make sure you draw them and tongue (if applicable).

Step 16.

Now draw the upper portion of the lip(s).

Step 17.

When you sketch in the mustache (above step) and beard add those curved lines. Try staying close to the lines that represent the direction of the hair growth. This will help as you shade it in.

Step 18.

I made this line drawing especially for you if you don't want to do the pencil shading and blending part. Otherwise, let us continue to the shading part.

Step 19.

The picture that goes with this step shows two different ways to hold your pencil to acquire certain effects. OVERHAND: Holding a sharpened pencil in normal writing form with fingers in the middle or near the lead gives you great control and thin/det   

Step 20.

PENCIL STROKES & TONE, SHADING, TEXTURE -- For your convenience, I have inserted this step with different pencils, strokes to use. And you can study the shapes that make up this drawing universe, along with tone, shading, and texture.

Step 21.

This is where I start with the pastel application. If I were to do the whole picture in a pencil sketch,(sketching in small circles, lines or crosshatching to shade the areas, it would take hours upon hours to cover all that area with a pencil. I cho   

Step 22.

Here I used my blending stump to "draw" in more lines, add more shading and details to the lips. Added more dark gray and blended pencil strokes to define the shaded areas like the mustache and bearded areas. I needed to whiten areas like the highlig   

Step 23.

Basically, I added more highlights with Opaque Watercolor to the mustache hair strands, lip creases, teeth, and lip shine. I also darkened shadowed areas. The black background I added for a dramatic effect. Also no need to complete as much of the fac   

Step 24.

Without highlights, your picture would have a flat appearance. Click on this picture to learn how to make your own picture POP out! You all have been wonderful and it has been a great pleasure to do this tutorial with you. Please fav, comment, and sh   

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Artist: catlucker
Date Added: September 26, 2012
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Description: Lips, the talk of poems, songs, movies, books and art! My "How to Draw Realistic Lips" is power packed with plenty of sketches, tips, and techy info on the lips and mouth. If you really like my preview picture of Jessie J's lips and want to draw her, copy this link into your browser's address for "How to Draw Jessie J" *** Please fav, show your love, and comment. Thank you all. Peace and love to you until next time!