Drawing Lips

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The purple highlighted areas in the illustration above show a particular shadowed area of the upper lip. As a general rule, all of the upper lip is darker (compared to the lower lip) but the area highlighted in purple is especially darker. If you look at the original mouth drawing above, you'll see the particular shadow of this area—like the lips go "in" there especially. This is where the lips curve "in" to the inside of the mouth. This ties in especially with the "sections" of the lips, that I show in the illustration below.

Notice how there are 5 basic "sections" to the lips. Depending on how much of a "cupid's bow" the person has, you will emphasize these "sections" a little, or a lot. When you draw the mouth, be looking for these subtle (or not so subtle) "sections" to the lips. They are there!

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