Drawing Faces: Lips
Faces, my forte; 90% of most people’s downfall. Why are faces so hard to draw? Don’t ask the girl who’s good at them. How do you draw face? I’ll be happy to help.
But before you go further! I advise anyone to read my previous tutorial who hasn’t because I will be using some terms from there in this tutorial. Let the drawing begin!
Why am I starting with lips? In my personal opinion and in other’s personal opinions, lips are the easiest part of the face to draw. Just think of it this way, the higher you go on the face, the harder the drawing gets.
So to start, get some paper. Because this is not a very advanced drawing, I won’t get into detail about the weight of paper and etc. Just use some copy/ printing paper to start which weighs about 20 to 40 pounds (take notes now). You’re going to want to probably use an HB pencil. I know “What the hell is an HB pencil?” This is how pencils work. H pencils are lighter in color, so the higher the number of the H Pencil, the lighter the lead i.e. 4H is lighter than 2H. B pencils are darker in color. The higher the number of the B pencil, the darker the lead. So what is HB? HB is your regular No. 2, bubble in the answer sheet pencil. It is the middle of all the H and B pencils. You could probably find one on the floor. And you’ll need a pink eraser. I recommend pink because they tend to leave the least smudges.
Before we get started with drawing, I highly recommend beginning drawers to look at a picture of lips before they draw and/or look at yourself in a mirror and pay close attention to your lips.
NOW! Start by drawing a contour of the lips. I advise you to draw the lips horizontally in the middle of the paper, but closer to the bottom vertically. Because I like big lips, I’m going to draw bigger lips. While drawing, pay close attention to the outline of lips. Notice how the top lip has a slight dip in the middle of it. Notice how the lips don’t come to an exact point at the corners but are rounded off. Notice the settle roundness of the bottom of the lip. Take all of this into account when drawing a contour of the lips.
Okay, now we have to draw the value of the lips. Look at your lips. Take notice of where the darkest parts of your lips are and the lightest parts are. Try to incorporate every settle value change in the value of the face. Make lines darker/thicker where two objects meet (the bottom and top lip). For blending, I advise your finger. For me, that is the best blending method. However, you can purchase blenders which are like rolled up newspaper that are sharpened to a point, like these blenders. Also note that the bottom lip is generally lighter than the top lip. By the way, I am not drawing my lips. I’m making these up.
We’re almost done folks! Now, although those lips look picture perfect, no ones lips look picture perfect. Now we must add lines and creases in the lips to create depth. Everyone has slight wrinkles or creases in their lips. This gives the lips that so called 3D appearance that you’re looking for. Because I can, I’m going to use a 2H pencil since I can slightly be heavy handed when drawing. You don’t have to if you don’t have a 2H pencil. I’m also going to add a little more value.
And we’re done folks! Those are the sexiest lips I’ve ever drawn. And I want to see you alls sexy lips. If you want, leave a comment with the link to your lips and you can call it sexy ass lips or whatever. But hold on to these drawings because next time we’re going to draw the nose on the same paper.