Learning How To Draw Lips The Easy Way

How To Draw Lips | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial In this part of the step by step drawing tutorial we will be learning how to draw lips effectively, and completing our facial features on our pencil portrait.

Making lips appear realistic in pencil portraiture is a bit of a challenge because there are no actual “lines” separating them from the face; it is more a change in colour.

So, for drawing lips I use my own method, and draw them with my blending tool instead, adding detail using my pencil later.

By the end of this tutorial you should see your portrait starting to come to life.

How To Draw Lips

For this you will need;

  • Blending Tool
  • 2B Pencil
  • Putty Rubber

How To Draw Lips | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 1.) You should have some lead still on the tip of your blending tool from the last tutorial.

If not, just dab into your shavings again and rub off the excess dust.

Using your blending tool, draw a rough guide for your lips.

Look at your photo frequently, and take it one square at a time.

 

How To Draw Lips | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 2.) Still using your blending tool, continue building up the different mid-tones and shadows on the lips.

Recalling the 3D sphere tutorial here will remind you how to fill the shape out.

 

 

 

 

How To Draw Lips | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 3.) Once you have the shape in place, you can use your pencil to start adding detail and darker shadows.

I find the corners of the mouth to be the darkest, and when carefully added can create a great effect.

 

 

 

How To Draw Lips | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 4.) Alternate between your pencil and blending tool to build up texture and shading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Draw Lips | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 5.) Use your blending tool to begin filling the actual lips out following the shape you have built up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Draw Lips | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 6.) Add highlights using your putty rubber.

These are common on the clevis, bottom lip and if there is any tongue showing- especially babies- there too.

 

 

 

 

How To Draw Lips | How To Draw... Pencil Portraits- A Step By Step Drawing Tutorial 7.) Add the mid-tones surrounding the lips, including creases and dimples.

Use your pencil to add any finishing touches, such as the lines on the lips.

Use your blending tool to add any further shadowing you think your lips need.

Remember- one square at a time.

 

You should now be seeing your pencil portrait coming along pretty well, and be proud of yourself.

That is pretty much the hardest parts done. All we have left is to fill the different tones in on the face, some hair and ears, add the neck and shoulders, and finishing touches.

In the next part, we will add the tones to the face to fill out the cheeks, chin and forehead in Step 6: Finishing The Face.

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