July 16, 2020 3 min read

lips sketch

Hi everybody, and welcome to a new NIL-Tech drawing tutorial: "Lips". Can you imagine a person without lips? What does she or he look like? Extremely silly, right? Now imagine how he or she would look while trying to eat, speak, whistle or kiss. Funny! Well, that states it all! Lips are essential, and we can not think of a human without lips. Today we are going to draw lips from scratch with graphite pencils.


Here are some interesting facts about your Lips:

1. Red and pink are the colors of love. Healthy lips have a rosy or pinkish tone. The skin on our lips is unbelievably thin and has just 3 to six layers of cells, whereas the rest of the body has 16. Because of this, we can see the capillaries or blood vessels below, which display red as well as pink tones. Indeed, the lighter the skin, the more transparent the color. Some studies recommend the redder the lips, the more attractive they are. Hmmm, is this why the lipstick sector is such a moneymaker?

2. Our lips never sweat and are pimple-free. That's right - our lips do not have any sweat or oil glands, so they do not secrete, and also they won't break out. The only downside is that because lips don't have protective oils. So they can quickly get dry, flaky, chapped, and also irritated. This makes lip balm a must-have for many people.

3. Our lips require sunscreen. Unfortunately, our lips are incredibly prone to sun damage. They're a lot more prone to sun damage than any other part of the body. Our lips need everyday UVA/UVB protection, just like the rest of our skin. They are usually a common place for skin cancer to occur. So please, apply, apply, and reapply protection products throughout the day.

4. Plumb or thin? As we age, our lips grow thinner. Don't believe me? Just take a look at an image of yourself when you were much younger. You'll see what I'm talking about here. With aging, our collagen production reduces. Collagen is the protein that gives our lips their shape and plumpness. Thankfully, there are lip-plumping items for those who want a little bit more oomph in their lips.

5. Lips express emotions. Most of us know this, yet it's rather impressive when you think about it. Our lips can tell a person if we are happy from a smile or sad from a frown. They can even notify a person when we are annoyed by pursed lips and in shock and awe by our open mouth. Our lips are an excellent communicator, even before we start talking.

In this tutorial, we used the following supplies:

  • B pencil
  • 3B pencil
  • 5B pencil
  • White Vinyl Eraser
  • Kneaded Eraser
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Let's draw the "Lips" step by step!


how to draw lips

Step 1. Draw the centerlines. The lips are in a rotation, so we shift the middle line to the side. The line should be curved, repeating the volume of the lips (pencil B).


how to draw lips step by step

Step 2. With circles, outline the shape of the lips. Do not forget about the angle and the fact that the left side will be smaller than the right one (pencil B).


how to draw realistic lips

Step 3. Outline the lip contour over the shapes (pencil B).


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Step 4. Draw the lower part of the upper lip (pencil B).


how to draw a mouth

Step 5. Erase all construction lines and leave only the contour (pencil B).


mouth reference

Step 6. Add the shadows with light lines and draw the nasolabial fold and the chin (pencil B).


lips reference

Step 7. Start hatching with adding the shadows and spaces around the lips (pencil 3B).


mouth drawing reference

Step 8. Brighten the shadows and draw the upper lip (pencil 5B).


drawing of lips

Step 9. Hatch the lower lip and add the remaining details: brighten the shadows and add volume (pencil 5B).


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