Learning how to draw lips is a challenge for most portrait artists.
John Singer Sargent said, A portrait is a painting in which there is something wrong with the mouth.
I had always thought that the most difficult part of a portrait would have been the eyes.
But when I started drawing and painting portraits, I soon realized that because the mouth was so expressive, drawing lips was much harder than it appeared.
There are at least 12 muscles that are involved in the shaping of the mouth, probably more. The complexity and number of expressions that the mouth is capable of producing is really amazing.
The mouth shape of a cartoon mouth is created with heavy lines. This is also true for comic and coloring book characters.
So it's no wonder that when someone produces their first portrait, it will most likely have a mouth that appears to be pasted on to the face, and looks cartoonish. Really, the only time the lips might appear to be outlined is when they are done so with a lip-liner.
So, while learning how to draw lips, remember to create them by blending in the values of lights and darks.
I'll go through some of the important points of how to draw lips and other parts of the mouth.
Are you up for the challenge?
Jump right in and start drawing mouths...lots of them!
Before you know it, you'll know how to draw lips and teeth with a new found confidence that will allow you to draw a believable portrait without fear and apprehension.
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