Portrait tutorial - how to draw the lips and mouth. Drawing lesson.

Drawing Lips

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Mouth - detail sketch
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The mouth and lips are a fascinating part of the face. Here are some tips and observations about drawing the mouth. First off, an "overview" on the mouth!

detail - contours of mouth

First off, notice the "contour lines" drawn over the mouth in the above illustration. The contours of the red lines gives you an idea of how the mouth is constructed in a more dimensional way.

Notice that the upper lip "dips in" (and therefore usually is darker, since it has more of a shadow). Notice how the lower lip comes out, which makes it lighter (more light on it). And notice how the corners of the mouth have more shadow. You will often want to make the corners of the mouth very dark.

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