How to Draw Lips by Pencil step by step

How to Draw Lips by Pencil with this how-to video and step-by-step drawing instructions. Pencil drawing tutorial for beginners and everyone.

How to Draw Lips by Pencil step by step

Please see the drawing tutorial in the video below


You can refer to the simple step-by-step drawing guide below

Step 1: Draw a triangle

Draw a long isosceles triangle. In the middle of the line, draw a curve (similar to the shape of u u). Draw a horizontal line between the u shape and the base of the triangle. The longer you draw the horizontal line, the wider your lips will be. The shorter the path, the more full they will be.

But what if I want to draw this on my face, Darlene? Check out my tutorial on drawing faces to find out where you should put your triangle. It includes proportions and will help you determine how long the triangle should be as well as the width of the lips that should extend to other elements of the face.

Step 2: Draw a bow

Create a contour for the upper lip by creating a shape that looks similar to Cupid’s bow and arrow.

Step 3: Draw the lower lip

Create the lower lip by drawing a curve that does not go further than the base of the triangle. Complete the opening of the mouth using the horizontal line as a guide.

If you’re stuck at this step or not sure how to do it, click here to see me drawing step by step on YouTube with lots of examples!

Step 4: Decide on a bright direction

After deleting the triangle, determine where the light source comes from. In this example, the light source comes from the top right. I sketched the areas I want to highlight as well as adding a shadow on the left side of the lower lip.

Step 5: Polish the upper and lower lip

Polish both upper and lower lip leaving the areas mentioned in STEP 4 the lightest. As you can see there is a shadow under the lower lip. It starts to fade on the right side to show that the light source is coming from the top right.

Step 6: Add lip wrinkles

Create some lip wrinkles with a 0.5mm HB pencil. You do not want to stress too hard or it will be difficult to achieve the effect in the next step.

Want to learn how to incorporate lip wrinkles in your drawings without making them look unnatural? Try out the border shading technique as mentioned in my shading guide 🙂

Step 7: Mix the lower lip

Using a stump mix (learn how to use one here), blur the shadows on the lower lip. Avoid the areas mentioned in STEP 4. Those areas will make the lips look fuller and rounder. You will notice that the lip wrinkles slowly start blending with the ball. But they should not disappear!

Step 8: Clean up highlights

Go through the lighter areas with the tip of a kneading eraser and clean the highlights to create a dazzling effect.

STEP 9: Repeat

Repeat STEP 7-8 for upper lip.

Step 10: Touch up

Using a 6b pencil, darken shadows in areas such as the outer edge of the lips, under the lower lip, the wrinkles and the corners of the lips.

You can change the size of the lips by moving the horizontal line up (to make the upper lip thin) or down (to make the upper lip thicker). Also, adding glare will make the lips look fuller.

Don’t worry if your drawing is not as successful as you expect it to be on the first try. Keep going and you will understand and grasp each step. It will become much easier! Also, don’t forget to test the different triangle shapes and locate the instructions in STEP 2.

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