HOW TO DRAW LIPS WITH PENCIL?
Are you trying to achieve realism in your drawing, especially if it concerns the human body? If yes, you probably have some issues with depicting human lips too. Don’t worry; there won’t be any problem after you read this article. It will guide you how to draw lips with a pencil step-by-step easy and make them realistic. There are seven easy steps with detailed descriptions of performing the actions. In addition, you won’t be confused since all of them are supported by pictures.
WHAT SUPPLIES DO YOU NEED TO DRAW PUFFY FEMALE LIPS?
First of all, let’s take a quick review of tools that are usually used for creating real puffy female lips on paper. For sure, there is a pencil: in fact, both mechanical and wooden can be used. Another, no less necessary thing, is a blending stump, which should be among the utensils. However, a kneaded eraser can replace the blending stump perfectly - it serves as an eraser and stamping tool at the same time. Though, if kneaded is not an option, then you can use whichever you like. Here’s a nice review of all types erasing tools: https://wowpencils.com/best-pencil-erasers/.
STEP 1: DRAW GRID
Now, knowing the arsenal of tools, the others actions will require talent, a firm hand, and patience. As a basic and a first step that is applied to any drawing, the artist should start with creating a simple frame. Pretty, plump lips are no exception. Thus, the first step should be creating a horizontal, rectangular grid that will keep the outline and the outer borders in the future. Where the length of a rectangle will be equal to the lips’ length, and the height of the rectangle equal to the distance between lower and higher points of your perfect lips. Then the grid should be divided into four squares: both middle points of horizontal lines should be connected with one vertical line, and both middle points of vertical ones - horizontally. See the picture below.
STEP 2: ADD UPPER LIP
As you already know, the grid is a supplemental thing for the first steps only. However, it will be actively used as a helper. The next step is imparting shape. This is achieved with lines, but the touch has to be light so if something goes wrong, everything can be erased very easily. Pay attention, so the mouth will be kind of open, don’t forget to shift the upper and lower borders slightly higher in order to leave some space.
STEP 3: ADD LOWER LIP AND ERASE GRID CAREFULLY
The same procedure should be performed with the lower lip. Don’t forget to work with a pencil with light pressure, in order to not leave an inerasable dent on the paper. Otherwise, the draft lines will hinder achieving realism.As you remember, we are trying to achieve a slightly open mouth, so remember to leave some space, drawing a lower bow that will be a border of the lip. When the pair of perfect borders is ready - you can get rid of the grid by erasing it. Do it precisely, in order not to destroy the lines you’ve drawn before.
STEP 4: MAKE LIGHTER ZONES
After getting rid of the grid, as the next step you should think about the light that will highlight some particular parts of the mouth. This means that moving light sources in the highlighted zone should be changed as well.Thus, if you decide to have the source of light in front of the mouth, than imagine the front view and outline a probable area that will be lighter than the others. Particularly, you may want to leave lighter space in the middle of lips. This area doesn’t require angular borders; it rather needs softly wavy borders. In addition, the borders of the highlighted zone shouldn’t be so obvious and precise, since they will be achieved with shading. Consequently, the lips will seem voluminous and more beautiful.
STEP 5: SHADE LIPS
Since the corners of mouth are slightly deepened compared to highlighted areas, this stage involves adding some shade to the corners. However, don’t forget to leave highlighted space! The principles of shading are very simple: don’t make strokes too thick, make them with a light touch but in one direction and parallel to each other. Another very important principle is: all the deepened zones should be darker than upper ones.At this stage the space between the lips can be also shaded. If you want, you can also add outlines of teeth.
STEP 6: DRAW SHADE UNDER LOWER LIP
Another approach that provides realism to your drawing is detailed depictions. Thus, if you take a look at any person, particularly at someone’s mouth closely, you probably might see a dimple under the bottom lip. Consequently, there is one obvious way to perform realism in your picture: making the shade. However, this shade should be darker in the middle and disperse towards the borders. Don’t leave precise lines, just leave strokes which taper off at the end. So there is the same principle: the deeper the zone, the darker the shade should be.
STEP 7: LIP WRINKLES DRAWING
This stage makes your drawing hyper realistic. Adding some dynamics to the artificially created girl or woman’s big lips: creating vertical wrinkles. Remember that lips are not flat, thus wrinkles should be rounded and the direction should be changed according to the place on the lip.
STEP 8: CONTRAST AND HIGHLIGHTING
As the final step, blending will fix some issues and complete the whole picture. Hence, blend the wrinkles and flatten all the shadows on the lower lip. Keep off highlighted zones, they have to stay innocently the same - you’ll enjoy the final effect.Lift off all the light zones on the upper lip using a kneaded eraser. All these actions and your patience will be rewarded. The mouth will look like a real one and the lips will seem more beautiful, sexy, and plump.
Hopefully, this full tutorial with parted steps will help you to achieve a desirable effect, and, it will be useful for beginners. Remember, plenty of good techniques can be achieved with lots of practice, so repeat all the actions in order to hone your drawing skills.