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How to Draw Mouths: 13 Steps (with Pictures)

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Similar to the eyes, the mouth possesses the ability to express a plethora of emotions, ranging from joy and sorrow to enthusiasm and discontent. Capturing the essence of a mouth can prove to be a challenging task, given that each individual boasts a unique oral structure. The appropriate contours to employ rely heavily on the specific facial expression, while the interplay of shadows can be influenced by various lighting conditions. Nonetheless, acquiring proficiency in sketching a fundamental mouth, be it closed or open with visible teeth, will empower you to customize your illustrations according to the subject or desired emotional depiction.

  • How to Draw Mouths: 13 Steps (with Pictures)


  • Make the length of this line as wide as you want the lips to be.
  • Tip: Everyone’s lips are different. This is a good place to start when you’re learning, but you can always adjust the upper lip as needed. The dip could be wider or narrower, and the angled lines could curve up or down. If you’re drawing from a reference photo or model, use this as a guide, but try to capture the unique shape of their upper lip.


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  • To make the bottom lip bigger, make the “U” shaped line deeper. To make it smaller, make the “U” shaped line shallower.
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  • Vary the length of each line, and curve them slightly so the lines on the left half of the lips curve out to the left and the lines on the right half curve out to the right. Make the lines near the center of the lips relatively straight.
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  • Generally, the brightest areas will be the portions of the lips that stick out the most, like the middle of the lower lip and the top of the upper lip. Leave these areas white.
  • Adding shading will enhance the highlights and shadows on the lips, giving them a more lifelike appearance.
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  • At this point, the mouth will have a banana-like shape.
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  • Make the distance between the lowest point on this line and the lowest point on the first “U” shaped line you drew about ½ the height of the mouth.
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  • Draw the same number of teeth on each half, about 5-6.
  • Tip: Use the edge of your pencil tip to shade since it will be easier to blend.

  • How to Draw Mouths: 13 Steps (with Pictures)


  • Make about 10 creases on each lip.
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  • To improve your artistic skills read about drawing.
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    Is there a way to make the drawing process easier?

    How to Draw Mouths: 13 Steps (with Pictures)

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    If you keep your hand loose, you should get accurate results. After all, a sketch is a loose handed drawing. if you grip your utensil tightly, it won’t turn out too good — if you mess up, you won’t be able to erase well and you may not like it.

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    If I added more lines (to create volume), would it look more realistic?

    How to Draw Mouths: 13 Steps (with Pictures)

    It might, but it really depends on how many lines you already have. Having way too many won’t look realistic either.

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    Wouldn’t using a reference image and just copying it over make the process any easier?

    How to Draw Mouths: 13 Steps (with Pictures)

    Yes, this will make the process easier; most professional artists use reference images often. However, it may still take practice to get it perfect, as using references is still a skill to learn; don’t be surprised if it isn’t perfect the first time.

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    Begin by drawing a straight line that extends horizontally, with its edges pointing upwards. Proceed by outlining a graceful curve both above and below the horizontal line, ensuring that these curves span the entirety of the line. As you shape the upper curve, make it slightly smaller and gently dip it at its highest point. Enhance the intricacy of the drawing by incorporating short, vertical, curved lines that emanate from the horizontal line. To achieve a lifelike appearance, fill the mouth with a vibrant shade of red or pink, and consider adding subtle shading. If you desire to acquire the skill of illustrating a cheerful, smiling mouth, continue reading for guidance.

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    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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