How To Draw: Lips!

So, I made a blog on how to draw eyes and it got a good repsonse and everything, but for some reason I never got around to making another one. A year later, here I am with the second one xD I truly am the world's best procrastinator Very Happy

How to draw lips!

Being the lazy ass that I am, I did this on Photoshop with a tablet and not with a paper and pencil. No scanning. WOO. It's all the same in the end, anyways.

Step one:

Draw a basic lip-line. Like this...


Notice the shape and stuff. Make it realitic... not cartoon-y.

Step 2:

Get a rough outline done.


Make sure not to push too hard with your pencil, we want the lips to be natural, not all... harsh lines and stuff, right? Right.

Step 3:

Now comes the tricky part. Getting some shading in there. I like to start from the darkest parts, then work my way to the lighter parts.

Anyhow, lips have a lot of shape, so take note where the light hits them and where shadows are created (like with anything else, really) Remember to keep your pencil strokes soft. That gives you control over how light or dark you want the shading to be, rather than just scribbling so hard you can't erase it ;\


There's a start =)

Step 4:


More shading! Basically just filling them in, darkening places where it needs it, creating shape and whatnot. The one thing that people do when drawing lips that irks me is the deep, sharp lines they make in them >__< I know lips have creases, but keep them soft! Unless you're drawing old lady lips. That's an exception, I suppose.


^ See? Is not gud D:

Step 5:

Just like with the lips themselves, observe the part of the face surrounding them and where the light and shadows are. Lightly add that in and congrats, you have some lips! =] I like to blend my shading, though. I use a blending stump, but if you don't have one of those, you can use a Q-tip. Just please don't use your fingers. Not just for lips, but anything you're drawing. Nothing worse than greasy fingers all over your work D:


So, that's my crap, roughly sketched finish. xD

... Yeah. I'm just gonna over the important things you MUST remember when drawing anything, one more time.

Pay close attention to shape, shadows, highlights and make sure you keep your strokes light.

Well, there ya go. Hope ya learned something.
Posted on December 10th, 2008 at 06:18pm


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