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How To Draw Lips

How To Draw Lips

Di Roberts, from the Insight School of Art, shows you in this informative video how to accurately draw lips. She teaches how to use shading and various other techniques to create lips that are realistic, and not just artistically 'correct.'

Hello, I'm Di Roberts, from the Insight School of Art, and I'm going to show you some simple drawing exercises, and I hope you enjoy them. Right. I'm going to show you how to draw lips.

The most important thing I can advise you is don't make it up, because no two mouths are the same, and you need to really look at what you're drawing, and work from the real thing, whether it's an image or a person sitting in front of you. If you make it up, you'll end up drawing the same lips that your mother and grandmother were taught how to draw in school, and they were not accurate. No two lips are the same, no two mouths are the same, therefore, I'm just working from a simple image of a basic model's mouth, model's lips.

Top lip: think of a streched-out 'm' shape that's quite soft in the middle. It's very very stretched and very softly drawn. This is not necessarily a female mouth, it could be a masculine mouth, but I think that the more I'm going to shade into it, I probably will end up with a lady's mouth, if only because, in some ways, they're easier to draw.

There's a little bit more organic feel, a softer feel, to the shape. The line between the two lips is always very dark, there is a very deep shadow there, if I was to open the mouth very slightly, you'll see that the teeth would be just about visible within the space made by the lips. It doesn't look particularly good at this stage, and if you stopped now, people would think, "That's not a very accurate mouth.

" The teeth are not as prominent as that. If mouth's only opened slightly, they must be in shadow, and here is one of the tricks I am going to show you. This line, this very dark line, has to disappear up into that top lip, and therefore, your shading will gradually lighten up.

So press on in the gap between the lips and lighten up as you move further up into that top lip. The top lip is in shadow in most cases because the light will be from above, and the top lip dips down, therefore, the shadow must be below it. Let's shade it all in.

Try not to have even shading, it must go darker towards the space between the lips or where the two lips meet, if the mouth's closed. A lot of people have a bit of a dent here that echoes the dip at the top, so you could darken up below it and leave it with a bit of a lighter feel here, but it is still very very dark. You continue that dark feel at the sides of the mouth, the lower lip, because the top lip will be casting a shadow.

We will gradually, again, move along, getting rid of that dark line by making it part of the shading, and here is the second trick coming up: how to make the lips look accurately like lips. Instead of the normal shading, as you have seen me do on the top lip, this time, I am going to come down in lines radiating out a little bit from the top of the bottom lip, from that curve there, coming across, and this shows a feeling of semi-dry. It also shows if somebody is wearing lipstick, there is a bit of a sheen, and you can see now, coming up from the bottom, and I am shading in lines, and the more these lines are emphasized, the more you almost want to lick your lips.

They're a little bit dry. So, let's just soften off by going the other direction at the bottom of that lower lip. And whether this is a very gentle soft female mouth, or quite a hard male mouth, where the curves will not be as prominent, you'll still get the same feel of the lower lip is slightly lighter in the middle.

Sometimes, you get slightly blurred features, so that the edge of the lip is not very visible, you might find you can see skin and flesh here at the side, and also you may find that there is a dent underneath that lower lip. So, you can work into it, depending on your model or depending on the image you are working from. Don't just have the lips isolated from the rest of the face.

Alright, let's think shadow again. That top lip is casting a shadow on the lower lip, so therefore that area is going t