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How to Draw a Realistic Mouth and Lips with Colored Pencils

Lesson Two – A More Relaxed Approach

In this tutorial, we will explore a looser and faster technique for drawing lips with colored pencils. This approach deviates from the traditional method by focusing on developing the lips before moving on to the teeth.

To begin, we will use a light brown colored pencil to sketch the inner portion of the upper lip. Similarly, we will apply the same technique to the lower lip, while also outlining the contour lines of the teeth. During the initial stages of the drawing, it is important to keep the marks light. The purpose of the light brown pencil is to establish the basic shapes of the mouth.

Once the mouth and teeth are defined with contour lines, we can start adding color. In this case, we will use red to follow the cross contour lines of the lips. The pencil lines should align with the form of the lips, creating a slight curve. Apply more pressure to deliver more color in areas where the value is darker, such as the corners of the mouth and certain spots on the lips.

The upper lip, in particular, usually has a darker overall value. This is because light tends to come from above, casting a core shadow on the upper lip. Take this into account while adding color.

After applying a good amount of red, we can introduce other related values. Use pink to add lighter areas on the lips. Before fully covering the surface with colored pencil, use a white pencil to add intense highlights. Apply heavy pressure to create strong highlights.

Now that the highlights are established, we can revisit the original red. As you build up layers, the colored pencil material becomes richer and more manageable on the surface. This allows for blending and burnishing, a technique where layers of red are added over whites and pinks to create a more realistic and vibrant color.

To darken the lips in certain areas, use a dark brown colored pencil. Instead of using black, which can be too harsh, we will use blues and browns to achieve more natural-looking “blacks.” For warmer-toned “blacks,” lean towards brown, while for cooler-toned “blacks,” incorporate more blue.

Since the bottom lip is lighter in value, focus on using additional whites and pinks. However, the layering process remains the same.

To smooth out any visible lines, utilize a colorless blender to further blend and burnish the surface.

Next, define the dark areas inside the mouth by alternating applications of brown and blue to create a “black” effect.

For the teeth, lightly apply brown to create shadows, and balance them out by adding white on top to achieve a realistic shadow. Adding cream in certain areas will contribute to the overall realism.

Finally, we will address the tongue by layering reds, browns, and whites.

By following these steps, you can create a realistic mouth and lips using colored pencils. Practice and experimentation will help refine your skills and bring your drawings to life.

Alexia Young

Hello and welcome to the world of Alexia. I am a passionate and dedicated artist who loves to create beautiful, mesmerizing art for everyone's walls. I believe in the importance of encouraging people to express their creativity and be happy.

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