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How to Draw Mouths (video + transcript)



Hi y'all My name is Jasmine, aka Black Girl Absolute, and today I'm going to show you how to draw mouths. Also please bear with me for this video as pen is not my usual medium FYI. Now mouths come in all shapes and sizes but certain rules tend to ring true for all mouth anatomy when it comes to drawing them. I'm going to focus on thicker lips here for this video as I'm more used to drawing them.

Try to avoid drawing your lips like this. Lips can have hard angles, but usually not all around like this. These hard lines can make a mouth look more birdlike and unrealistic. So to avoid that, here are some tips I can help you to learn how to draw more soft realistic lips. An easy way to begin is to start directly in the center at the cupid's bow. This is the area directly in between the nose and the mouth, and usually looks like an inverted kite shape.


From there you can draw lines of equal curve and length on the center point. This will be the top of the top left. After you've drawn this, draw a small curved line underneath the cupid's bow like so, and then connect the dots to complete the top lip. From here drawing the bottom lip is pretty easy. If the mouth is open like it is here, you'll want to draw two parallel curved lines connecting the corners of the mouth from the top lip from one to the other. If the mouth is closed you'll only need one line.


You can also use this trick to help give the bottom lip more development. You'd first start out by drawing two circles next to one another. Here I'm using pencil to make a cleaner, final image. These circles will determine the thickness of the bottom lip and will help to determine where the highlights and shadows will go.


I use this technique in my paintings, and it works like a charm, every time. Remember to keep everything centered; take a look at everything that exists on this central line. It's especially important to make sure that you abide by this advice when it comes to the teeth as misaligned teeth can heavily distract from your work. As with all things this takes practice; the most important things to remember are to focus on what is in your reference and to take it slow. It may not be perfect, and you may have to erase a bunch, but you'll end up with something you truly love if you keep at it!

I love you all, and as always, you are enough. Catch you later!


Thank you for watching. if you have an idea for a tutorial that I can do in the future. Let me know in the comments below.

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