Here is a pair of easy yet useful tips that can improve your skills in drawing and take you to the next level of artistry. Each face is unique, but there are some tricks in drawing that can make a portrait look more artistic. There are also some remarkable differences between a male and female mouth. Male mouths are thinner than female, and are defined mostly by the shadows hided around them. Female lips are actually described by the edges, and seem plusher and vivid. You should use a step-by-step approach because drawing lips can be a tricky challenge. Would you like to know how to draw realistic lips with pencils making a portrait more essential? Then find your feet in the art of portraiture and read below!
What You Need:
- Mechanical or graphite pencil
- Our Instructions
Learning to Draw Realistic Lips
1. First of all, you should take a graphite pencil and create three parallel lines using the grid method in order to reproduce the proportions realistically. Lips will be located between the first and third lines; the distance between these lines determinates the mouth’ size. The more is the distance, the fuller are the lips.
The second, center line, will be the separation line of the two lips drawn horizontally. Drawing takes some hard practice so follow the approximate dimensions of the three lines; in Figure 1 the short lines measure 3 cm in length, the center, long, line measures 13 cm in length. The distance between the lower and upper lines makes 4 cm. The current proportions are rather general; you can change the measures further guided purely by your aims.
2. Connect the corner points with straight lines following the natural lip shape.
3. Developing the shape. Remember, the upper lip is usually more subtle and creates an M shape while the bottom lip is bigger. For accuracy, draw a ‘heart’-looked shape for the middle of the top of the upper lip.
4. Carefully remove the grid lines with an eraser and clean up the basic lips’ shape – look, the result is much better! The separation line of the two lips came, and this line is NOT straight. Create the same M-, or ‘heart-looked’ shape of the upper lip in the center of the bottom lip top edge.
5. Shading. That is what gives the result look full and round bringing our lips to life with three-dimensional drawing. Observe the shadows, (remember – the upper lip is ALWAYS in shadow, then DARKER, while the bottom lip features the strongest shadow below) and reproduce them as accurately as possible. Apply the dark tons of the lips’ sides around the mouth to make lips look realistic. Add a little shadow on the top edge of the bottom lip to give lips their volume.
6. Highlighting, or the light areas that will influence the result. Use an eraser to apply the bright highlights in the middle of the lower lip where the light falls from above to make it shiny. Deepen the darkest places with the pencil, and then emphasize the light areas with an eraser. Remember, the darkest line for drawing lips must be the separation line between them while the general contours of the lips must be formed with rather lighter lines. Done! Enjoy the result!
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