How To Draw Realistic Lips (Glossy Lips)

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Lesson Details

Step 1 – Drawing the Lay In

For this drawing, I will be using a simple grid to help me draw the layin. I drew a 2 by 2 grid on my reference and my drawing paper and used the guide lines to sketch in the outlines of the lips.

Glossy Lips Drawing 1

I’m using an HB pencil and sketching very lightly. Once I’m finished, I’ll use an eraser to get rid of the grid lines.

Next, let’s sketch in the little cracks and wrinkles on the upper and lower lips.

Glossy Lips Drawing 2

The next step is to mark out where the highlight areas are going to be. I’m making these highlights very dark so that you can see them in the video, but for your drawing, keep the lines extremely light. Just enough for you to see them.

Glossy Lips Drawing 3

Step 2 – Shading the Lips

OK, now for the shading!

To give the lips some texture, I’m going to use vertical lines and shade with the contour of the lips.

Glossy Lips Drawing 4

And of course, I’m shading around the highlight areas.

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And now that you know where the highlight area is suppose to be, I’m going to lighten its outline with a kneaded eraser so that it looks more natural. And I’ll continue shading around the highlight areas some more.

Now, I’m going to take my tortillions and smooth out the tones. It’s ok to let the tortillion shade over the highlight areas for now, we will pick out the highlight with an eraser later.

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I don’t want the outline of the lips to stand out. Instead, I want it to blend in with the shading so that it looks more realistic. So let’s lighten the outline of the lips with our kneaded eraser.

There’s a shadow underneath the bottom lip. This shadow is dark at the center and gradually fades out as it moves towards the corners.

Glossy Lips Drawing 7

Let’s put in this shadow.

Glossy Lips Drawing 8

Next, let’s fill in the gap of the mouth with a dark shadow.

Glossy Lips Drawing 9

And then, we’ll put in some shading on the teeth. This is a shadow that is cast onto the teeth by the upper lip. And I’ll also use the tortillion to put a light tone on the lower portion of the teeth as well.

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Next, I’ll darken the upper lip some more.

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I want to create a gradation where the tone is brightest in the highlight area and gradually darkens as it moves away.

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With the upper lip darker, the shadow in the mouth is looking a bit light. So I’ll take a 2B pencil and darken that area a bit.

And we’ll add some tone to the lower lip.

Glossy Lips Drawing 13

Now let’s add in the the core shadow for the lower lip in this area.

Glossy Lips Drawing 14

Step 3 – Adding Highlights & Contrast

Next, I’ll shape the kneaded eraser into a sharp tip and pick out the highlight areas in the lips and teeth.

Glossy Lips Drawing 15

And now it’s just a matter of going back and forth between the pencil and the tortillion and adding more contrast.

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And we’re all done!

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  • Ceilie

    Reply Reply October 16, 2016

    I don’t understand the part where you shape the eraser into a pointed tip! Help me!!

    • sidhant gupta

      Reply Reply May 1, 2017

      its a kneadable eraser

  • Robert Twerdochlib

    Reply Reply August 7, 2016

    I Love this…thank-you . I now will know not only how to draw this pair of lips but one of my granddaughter’s has these lips.Awesome

  • Paul

    Reply Reply May 2, 2016

    I like ThIs Very good I dit save the page for further work very beutiful

  • Mary

    Reply Reply March 15, 2016

    Great info. Lips look so glossy.
    Very easy classes.

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