Learning How To Draw Lips The Easy Way
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
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.
Recalling the 3D sphere tutorial here will remind you how to fill the shape out.
I find the corners of the mouth to be the darkest, and when carefully added can create a great effect.
These are common on the clevis, bottom lip and if there is any tongue showing- especially babies- there too.
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.