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How To Draw Lips From An Angle

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Tips For Drawing Faces And Heads At Different Angles

How to Draw the Lips the Easy Way – Different Angles
  • play around drawing the head from all kind of angles, a sketchbook will be a helpful friend for this
  • understand the human skulls and note down its main characteristics
  • always use alignment and negative space as often as possible
  • practice both female and male heads because each one has their own particularities
  • study other artists style and see what they do differently in their head drawings

To summarize, the journey of learning how to draw heads differs from one artist to another. For sure it requires time to practice but with the right tutorials and patience, any artist can improve this skill. Check out the ones that we brought to you and see which one works for your style.

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Anatomy Of The Lips And Mouth

To understand the construction of the lips and mouth, you need to understand their function first. Each row of teeth is covered with soft, muscular tissue. In the front, that tissue is curled out to better grasp food. This works for both lips. If you imagine it this way, you’ll have no problems with seeing the 3D form of the mouth!

Of course, this is just the basic shape of the mouth. Fortunately, the other details can be easily derived from it. Keep in mind that the roundness of the teeth is covered with the cheek and jaw muscles, so the mouth looks only slightly rounded in the front.

To get a better idea of all these forms, take a look in the mirror and try to identify them on your face. Don’t be afraid to be your own reference!

Here’s a quick cheat-sheet of the lips and mouth forms in all the basic views:

Interestingly, lips are usually pigmented differently than the rest of the mouth. They’re more pinkish, often much darker than white skin. The border of pigmentation follows the form of the upper lip, but the lower lip sometimes curls in such a way that the unpigmented part is included in its form.

For drawing, we can simplify all these forms into a few easily identifiable parts:

Draw The Aperture Line

The first thing to keep in mind when drawing the aperture: its not a straight line. Pay close attention to your subjects specific curve.

Draw three vertical lines with an HB pencil: two for the width of the lips at each outside corner and one at the center line. As the head is tilted in this example, the center line is not in the middle, but about of the way along the width.

Good to Know: Were drawing female lips, so this aperture line will be the darkest part of the mouth. Its often more defined on womens lips than mens male lips tend to be thinner with less of a defined outline.

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A Sphere As The Cranium

The sides of the head are flat, so we can slice off a piece from both sides of the ball. From profile, this plane will be a perfect circle, but when drawing it from any other angle, it will appear to be an oval because of perspective. Divide this oval into quadrants. The vertical line represents the beginning of the jaw. The horizontal line represents the brow line. The top and bottom of the oval help you find the hair line and the bottom of the nose.

Keep The Skull Sctructure

Drawing CHEAT: Realistic Mouth/Lips – Any Angle

Keep the skull structure in mind. The mouth will follow it. I recommend drawing skulls from different angles for a better understanding of lips.A common mistake is that when the character opens their mouth, people just extend the lower jaw without changing the angle. The bottom teeth will move and change the angle. The attachment will rotate, while the rest will stay in place.The top teeth will always be at the same angle as the nose, eyes. They do not move in terms of placement. Generally speaking, the corners of the mouth end somewhere between the corners of the nose, and the middle of the yes. Depending on the person and what their facial expression is.

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Drawing Exercise: Learning The Anatomy Of Ears

This exercise will help you learn the anatomy of ears. They are made up of many intricate shapes that all nestle together. The grid method helps to make them appear more like a puzzle.

Here are some things to keep in mind when drawing ears:

  • The outer ear overlaps the inner ear.
  • The inner ear has an area that resembles a Y. Look for it in every ear you draw.
  • The skin of the ear is different. It is more oily, so highlights can appear very bright.
  • There is a protruding area of the inner ear that acts like a cup.
  • The earlobe often resembles a sphere.

1. Create a Line Drawing

Use the grid method and a mechanical pencil to create a line drawing of an ear. Look at it like a puzzle of interlocking shapes.

2. Apply the Darks

When you are sure of your accuracy, carefully remove the grid lines with a kneaded eraser. Apply the darkest areas with a pencil.

Create shadows underneath where the outer ear overlaps the inner ears. Resist the urge to outline too much. Let shading create your edges.

3. Blend and Lift

Blend the drawing with a stump or tortillion. To make it look realistic, lift out highlights with a kneaded eraser.

The ear is a bit shinier than other skin, so the highlights should be bright. Remember the five elements of shading and the sphere when focusing on the earlobe.

Drawing A Nose: Profile View

1. Create a Line Drawing

Use the grid method and a mechanical pencil to create a line drawing of a nose from a side view.

2. Develop the Lights and Darks

When you are sure of your accuracy, carefully remove the grid lines with a kneaded eraser then develop the patterns of light and dark with a pencil. Once again, be sure to refer to the sphere exercise to render the tonal value variations of light shining.

3. Blend

Blend the tones smooth with a stump or tortillion. Use the dark tones behind the nose to make the edges stand out.

Lighting is crucial. The dark background makes this example look very different from the previous one.

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Map Out The Masses Of The Lips

Is easier to draw the mouth by mapping out the masses of the lips. We can map out 5 masses three of the upper lip and two of the lower lip.

Important note here: you will often see the upper lip grouped into just two masses without the middle section, in examples I found on the internet and in some art books. Usually this does not work as well, unless the image is head on like the drawing above. In most cases, I have a much easier time drawing the lips mapping three sections for the upper lip and two for the lower.

Anatomy terms to know:

Pillars of the Mouth: this area is found between the end of the lower lip, and the top of the protruding chin. It usually it has a dip in the middle with two pillars on each side that go up to the lower lip as if they are holding the mouth up.

Materials Used In This Tutorial

Lips Expression Drawing

1. Drawing Board:This is a sturdy but lightweight drawing board made by Helix.

2. Bulldog Clips: For attaching my paper to my drawing board

3. Kneaded Eraser: I’m using the General’s Jumbo Kneaded Eraser.

4. Drawing Pencils: I am using HB, 2B and 4B Staedtler Mars Lumograph graphite pencils for this drawing.

5. Drawing Paper: I’m drawing on a sheet of Canson Recycled Bristol paper.

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Using A Blending Stump And Tissue

Now you will be concentrating on the exposed skin areas around the lips. This needs a new technique that provides a skin-like texture. You are going to be doing small circles that are shaded. Allow the highlighted areas to be open where the upper lip along the top upper edge runs. There is also a small area that is catching light right under the lower corner dimple. Once youve finished this, you are ready to continue darker shading underneath the lower lip according to the lip shadow and shape. It needs to be lighter around the dimple too.

There will also be some shading on the upper lip where the nose causes shadows to fall. This is above the upper lip cleft. This is that little valley that sits under your nose. When this is done, you are ready for a tissue wipe. You wrap a tissue around your finger and lightly smooth out the graphite around the shaded edges. You can also make a very smooth swoop around the corner of the mouth dimple to give this a subtle, smooth shaded contour shadow. Using the tissue will soften the little circles into willowy smooth skin.

Create A Light Profile Sketch Of The Skull

So here is what Ive done. To give you a better idea of what you are going to be drawing, you need a quick lesson in anatomy. The profile is straightforward and doesnt have as many 3D angles to worry about. Its a straightforward profile image we are talking about here. Ive included two images that give you an immediate idea of where the skull is and where the outer skin is. A) is a side profile example that shows a skull as it relates to the outer skin. B) is a male skull that is drawn, and C) is a female skull that is drawn.

You can use these as a reference when getting the correct lines that relate to both make and female. Male skull bones are more robust than females, so often, you see added shapes jutting from the chin and forehead. The female skill has a less forward chin and a shallow forehead. This is not exclusive since many female celebrities and singers have masculine features, including Charlize Theron and Margot Robbie. This gives you an excellent starting point to select which kind of jaw shape is appealing for you.

A: Anatomical model

C: Female sketch side profile

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Drawing Lips Understanding The Shapes

So much of your ability to draw the lips and mouth depends on understanding the shapes of the forms, that they can not be ignored here. Lets go over the shapes you have to learn to visualize before you put them on canvas. I found that a good way to do this, is to go through a list of tips about drawing these shapes, and show you some examples. Lets do that now:

The Basics Of Mouth Drawing

How to Draw Face From Different Angles – Eye – Nose – Lips

There are 42 muscles in the face, and about 10 of them are involved in the movement of the lips and mouth, helping us eat, speak, smile, kiss, whistle, and pucker our lips, as well as communicate our feelings and mood. When it comes to making a mouth drawing, understanding how these muscles work can be extremely helpful when you need to decide how to depict a specific emotion.

Many of the muscles in the face converge on the mouth area.

Its also important to note that mouths and lips come in all different shapes and sizes. In fact, lips are unique like fingerprints! You will never find two people with identical lip impressions. However, when you are learning how to draw a mouth, you can follow certain general guidelines and adapt them to each of your drawings.

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Drawing A Nose From An Angle

The nose is another important subject to study because it is one of the most distinguishable features on the face. It can look very different depending on the person. By looking closely, it is easy to see that the slightest changes on the bridge, nostrils, or tip can make each nose look completely different. Read further to learn how to draw a nose from an angle as well as the front view.

Start Light and Then Outline

It is always important to start with very light pressure on the pencil. With those lighter lines, youll be able to plan out the way your sketch will look and how much space it will take on the page without erasing. This method also gives you a guideline for the darker outlines.

Use any kind of shape like a circle to represent the tip of the nose. Remember that every nose is different so the shape can vary depending on what is desired. Then, draw two ovals for the sides of the nose, which will also serve as a guide for where the nostrils will be. Sizes and shapes of the nostrils vary as well. To make the nose look more realistic, use shading techniques to your advantage since it does help emphasize the nose bridge and the tip of the nose.

Every Nose Is Different

For more resources, be sure to check out my articles on how to draw eyes, lips, and the face in general or my classes.

Drawing Mouths And Lips

This tutorial by illustrator Raquel Arellano explains how to draw the mouth & lips. Discover various lip structures & your character more personality & style!

In this tutorial, I will show you the technique that I use to represent mouths and lips. I will explain the simplest structures to understand how to draw different shapes and expressions. And finally, I will integrate them into a color illustration.Note that, in addition to this method, there are many other ways to learn how to draw mouths and lips, but I will explain the method that I have considered to be the most appropriate and easy to understand.

To make the following illustrations, I have used Clip Studio Paint EX, but any other drawing software can be used.

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Drawing A Female Nose

Most women have features that are softer than their male counterparts, which is right in regards to noses as well. Have you ever heard of artistic license? If not, the simple definition is that its the right of an artist to adjust, emphasize, exaggerate, or otherwise alter the subject that he is drawing or painting for artistic purposes. In other words, its your drawing or painting, so proceed in whatever manner you feel will give your work the best appearance. What does this have to do with drawing a female nose? Quite a bit, actually. If you draw a female portrait, then you should emphasize the more beautiful parts of the picture. While theres nothing wrong with noses, they lack the beauty and appeal of other features like full lips, or beautiful eyes.

Sketch The Mouth And The Jaw

DRAWING FACES – front angles – Tips for mouth nose and eyes

This is where you will now start to refer to your mouth profile. Ive taken to time to fine thee more excellent resources to start. Since you will be drawing just the side profile of the mouth and lips, theres not much need to draw the rest of the features. No nose or added chin detail, just the focus in the lips is perfect enough. If you are using a standard 9 x 12 drawing paper, youll need to make your lips at least 1/4 -1/2 of the size. This is, so it fits equally onto the paper you draw onto.

You will also have enough room to add your detail, such as highlights, lip shine, and detail lines. Anything smaller is a real pain to manage, so oversize is always better for adding realistic shadowing and detail. A: This is the starting point picture that begins with a simple triangle shape. B. Is a sample lip drawing you will use to draw the lips for shadow reference. C: Is a great website that can also help you with ideas on mouth and lip shape. You can print these out using a printer. Have them close by so you can easily see what you are sketching.


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Characteristics Of The Top Of The Mouth

This is the part I mentioned a couple of steps earlier where there is a forked line that needs fixing. The lower part of the fork branches out from the bottom side. But why is this needed? We need to imagine that your upper lip needs to have a 3D look to it. But on a 2D drawing, this is limited to a certain point. Making a 3D upper lip on a profile sketch is easy. Carefully start with a rounded curve at the top edges of your upper lip. Stay behind that straight Triangle) line, but bring the rounded curve to the top and bottom of the upper lip line.

Remember, that this is the straight line , to the triangle shape you begin with. Or, essentially, your outer lip edges. It should curve as soft as a contact lens shape away from that straight line. Once thats done, find the connecting fork point where the lower line touches the upper line. Now once again, draw a nice contact lens shape that faces like an arch on your upper-fork line. The end of the lens should end where the fork point meets! Now you can slowly clean-up the shape to round-off the rest of these edges.

Drawing Lips On The Mouth

In this example you can see the mouth drawn from several different angles. Going from left to right, these angles are:

  • Upper View
  • Lower View
  • Side View

Lips have been added to the mouth drawings but its most important to note the curvature of the mouth and how it appears different as you draw the mouth from different viewpoints.

In this example weve added some imaginary guide lines to further show the curve of the mouth as it appears from these different angles.

Now that you have an understanding of how the mouth sits on a curve, its time to go more in depth and learn about the structure of the mouth and the lips in the next lesson.

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