How to Draw Lips. The first step to learning how to draw a human face is to learn how to draw each facial feature first.
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In this tutorial, you will learn how to draw lips integral to someone’s face. You can apply these steps to draw a realistic, cartoon, or caricature human face.
We’ve curated a step-by-step guide on how to draw lips, summarized in 9 easy-to-follow steps. To make the process much easier, each guide is accompanied by illustrations.
You might be surprised to learn that drawing lips is not as difficult as you think! Also, all you need is a piece of paper and a pencil, and you can start drawing!
How to Draw Lips
Start at the left side of the center of the paper and draw a lineup. Once the line is about 1 inch (2.5 cm) long, gradually extend a short line down.
This creates the left side of the upper lip. With good drawing, the shape of the line should resemble a slope.
Remember that the line should be drawn with a light stroke to avoid making a hard or thick line. This helps the lips look more natural.
Repeat the previous step on the opposite side to create the right side of the upper lip. At this point, the outline of the upper lip should be complete.
Remember that the two lines we drew earlier and the one we drew in this step should join and form the upper lip.
In scientific terms, we draw the vermilion border of the upper lips on each side of Cupid’s bow.
Now that we’ve completed the upper lip outline let’s move on to the lower lip.
Starting at the left edge of the upper lip, draw a downward curved line until you align with Cupid’s bow on the upper lip.
Remember, the further down you go when drawing the bottom lip, the fuller your lips will look. The line should only be slightly curved if you want to draw thin lips.
However, draw a curved line that slopes down if you want fuller lips, as shown in the picture.
When you are happy with the shape of the lips, extend the line we drew earlier until it reaches the right edge of the upper lip.
After completing this step, the lips’ outline should now be complete.
Draw a line inside the lips following the outline of the upper lip. This forms the tubercles of the upper lip.
Draw a curved line starting from the lower left side of the upper lip.
Extend the line to the middle of the lips.
Increase the length of the line we drew in the previous step until it reaches the opposite end of the upper lip and forms the tubercles on the lower lip.
This also creates a separation between the upper lip and lower lip.
Draw a slightly curved horizontal line inside the outline we drew in the previous step. This creates the teeth in the mouth.
A person’s lips have a distinct texture on their surface, so be sure to add lines across them. These lines are essential if you want to draw a realistic-looking human face.
Continue drawing more curved lines on some parts of the lip line. Typically, these lines exist on the edge of the lateral tubercles of the upper and lower lips.
When drawing these lines, avoid applying too much pressure with the pen. It’s essential to draw light strokes to make the lines look more natural and realistic.
After we have successfully drawn the lips, it’s finally time for the fun part: choose colors and color the lips.
Without lipstick, lip color varies greatly depending on skin tone. That means you can color your lips with any colors you like!
Your Lips Drawing is Finished!