Front View of Lips with Visible Teeth

4 Ways of How to Draw Realistic Lips

How to Draw Lips in 4 Different Ways: Step-by-Step

 

Overview:

 

This is a complete guide on How to Draw Lips (the Mouth)

  • In this guide you’ll learn:
  • The Front View of the Lips
  • The Side View of the Lips
  • The ¾ View of the Lips
  • And the Front View with Visible Teeth

How to Draw a Mouth – Introduction


One of the most important features of portrait drawing is drawing the outline of the lips. Our mouths are a really cool part of our emotional expressions and helps us how to define a portrait.

Whenever you’re drawing lips, you want to make sure that your lips are placed at the right angle.

We first saw how to draw the front view of the lips when we were talking about portrait drawing and how to draw a face.

You can draw this traditionally (with a pen or pencil) or with whatever smart drawing device you have!

Let’s get started.

Front View of Lips with Visible Teeth
Final Drawing - Front View of Lips with Teeth
Front View of Lips (2 different ways)
Final Drawing - Front View of Lips

Chapter 1: How to Draw Lips – The Front View

 

We’re going to start with a very simple front view of the lips. If you checked out our how to draw a face blog, then you’ve probably already seen this.

You can go ahead and skip to the next chapter or you can continue with us and refresh your memory.

For the front view we’re going to show you 2 different ways that you can start out. 

Step 1: The 3 Balls OR 1 Heart and 2 Balls 

 

First, draw 3 balls to form a triangle shape – or draw 1 heart, and right below the heart, draw 2 balls right next to each other.

You can do either or, most people find that the 1 heart and 2 balls method is easier to remember than the 3 balls method. 

3 balls or 1 heart and 2 balls on top of each other - front view of the lips
The 3 Balls (Left) and Heart & Balls (Right) – Front View of Lips

Step 2: Outline the Top of the Lips

 

Now draw an oval for each side of the top lip to figure out how long or how big you want the lips to be.

Step 2 of Front view of Lips - The Ovals
Outline Top Lip (both left and right) – Front View of Lips

Step 3: Define the Shape

 

Create the shape you want for your lips and shading points of the mouth. Also, don’t worry if it’s perfect or not, you can adjust wherever you’d like in the next step!

Step 3 - Outline the Shape - Front View of Lips
Outline Lip Shape – How to Draw Lips (Mouth)

Step 4: Where to Shade and Highlight

 

Figure out where exactly the shadows and highlights define the lips. Take your time with this step because it’s important to know how to shade correctly!

Step 4 Shading and Highlighting Points - Front View of Lips
Shading and Highlighting Points – Front View of Lips

Step 5: Finish the Details

 

Add shadows and highlights where necessary on your drawing, and voilà!

You made it! You now know how to draw the front view of the lips in 2 different starting ways, good job!

Front View of Lips (2 different ways)
Final Drawing – Front View of Lips

Chapter 2: How to Draw the Lips – The Side View 

 

Now we’re going to go in more detail of how to draw the lips at a complete side view. This is probably the easiest view in my opinion, so let’s get started!

Step 1: 60 Degree Angle and Balls

 

I like starting with a 60-ish degree angle slant when drawing the side view of the lips.

Draw a decent slant and place 2 balls: one at the top and one at the bottom. Then add the small oval to get the top lip shape.

a 60 degree-ish slant to draw the side view of the lips
60 Degree Slant - Side View of Lips
step 1 of drawing the lips at a side view
60 Degree Slant + Balls + Oval - Side View of Lips

Step 2: Outline the Shape

 

Now we just outline the shape of the lips, you can erase the slant here if you’d like since we will be shading and highlighting afterwards.

Outline of Side View of Lips
Outline Lip Shape – Side View of Lips

Step 3: Mark Your Shadows and Highlights

Shade your shadows and highlights in the correct areas to define the lips a little bit more to give it that realistic look.

Shadows and Highlights - Side View of the Lips
Defining Shadows and Highlights – Side View of Lips

Step 4: Finishing Details

 

Finish the details that you’d like to add and now you have successfully learned how to draw lips from the side view!

Final Drawing - Side View of Lips
Finished Drawing – Side View of Lips

Chapter 3: How to Draw the Lips – ¾ View

 

Now we’re going to talk about the third way of how to draw a mouth – the 3/4 view.

Because you can turn your head in either the right or left direction, you can draw the 3/4 view on the right side or the left side. If you’re struggling with the positioning of the lips or head, no worries, we talked about how to draw the head in any position in our previous blog.

For this tutorial we’re going to draw this on the left side (i.e. positioning your head almost all the way to the right side).

 

Loomis Head 3/4 View on the Right (Turning Head to the Left Side)
3/4 Left Side View of Loomis Head – Turning the Head to the Right Side

Step 1: Draw a Cross and 1 Ball in Each Section

 

First, we’re going to draw a cross and a ball in each corner of the cross. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be a perfect circle.

Step 1 Cross and Balls 3/4 View of Lips
Cross and Balls – 3/4 View of Lips

Step 2: Draw the Ovals

 

Next, we’re going to draw 2 ovals, but only on the right side (top and bottom).

Step 2 - Ovals - 3/4 View of Lips
Adding Ovals – 3/4 View of Lips

Step 3: Outline the Shape

 

After the ovals, we’re going to now outline the shape.

Remember which direction we’re turning the head. Don’t worry, we’ll show you finished lips on both sides of the 3/4 view.

Step 3 Outlining Lip Shape - 3/4 View
Outlining the Lip Shape – 3/4 View of Lips

Step 4: Add Shadows and Highlights

 

Now add your shadows and highlights to your lips. You can remove the cross if you’d like as well.

Step 4 - Shadows & Highlights - 3/4 View of Lips
Shadows and Highlights – 3/4 View of Lips

Step 5: The Finishing Details

 

Now add the finishing details, and you finally made a ¾ view of the lips (the head turning to the right).

You can also make a ¾ view with turning the head to the left also, just flip everything around!

Final Drawing 3/4 View on the Left Side (Turning head to Right)
Final Drawing – 3/4 View of Lips (Left Side)
Final Drawing 3/4 View on the Left Side (Turning head to Right)
Final Drawing - 3/4 View of Lips (Left Side)
Final Drawing 3/4 View on the Right Side (Turning head to Left)
Final Drawing - 3/4 View of Lips (Right Side)

Chapter 4: How to Draw the Lips – Front View with Visible Teeth

 

This is probably one of the more difficult ways to draw the mouth, but that’s okay! Just start drawing, you can always find your strengths and weaknesses and work on them as you like.

For now, we’ll just show you the front view on how to draw the lips with visible teeth.

Step 1: 4 Balls

 

This is kind of the same step as drawing the front view of the lips, but this time we’re going to draw 4 balls instead of 3.

Draw 2 balls first, make some space, then draw 2 balls on the bottom but make them slightly bigger.

 

Step 1 Lips with Teeth - 4 Balls
4 Balls – Front View of Lips with Teeth

Step 2: 2 Ovals

 

Next, we’re going to draw 2 ovals on both the top right and left sides.

Step 2 - Front View Lips with Teeth
2 Ovals – Front View of Lips with Teeth

Step 3: Outline the Lip Shape

 

Now we’re going to outline the lip shape. Make sure you leave space between the top lip and bottom lip so you can draw the teeth.

Step 3 - Outline Lips - Front View Lips with Teeth
Outline the Shape – Front View of Lips with Teeth

Step 4: Outline the Teeth Shape

 

Draw 5 lines to begin outlining the teeth shape.

Start out with the first one being right down the middle of the entire lip shape, then draw the rest of the 4 lines so we can guess where the teeth shape will be.

Step 4 - Outline Teeth - Front View Lips with Teeth
Outline Teeth Placement – Front View of Lips with Teeth

Step 5: Define the Teeth Shape

 

This is the step where we start to define the shape. Notice how the teeth are not complete squares – teeth are not perfect!

I’d like to point out that reference pictures really do help when it comes to drawing lips. Sometimes it’s hard drawing from memory alone and it’s just a lot easier to copy what you see if you’re just starting out.

Step 5 - Defining Teeth Shape -
Define the Teeth Shape – Front View of Lips with Teeth

Step 6: Shade Highlights and Shadows

 

Now we’re going to add the shading and highlighting points to the lips and teeth as well.

 

It’s a common mistake to think that the teeth are completely white and do not have any shadows or dark points.

 

Step 6 - Shadows & Highlights - Front View of Lips with Teeth
Shading and Highlighting – Front View of Lips with Teeth

Step 7: Finishing Details

 

Finally, you have successfully learned how to draw a mouth with visible teeth!

Front View of Lips with Visible Teeth
Final Drawing – Front View of Lips with Teeth

Now We Want to Hear from You!

 

Hopefully, you learned something new today.

Or maybe you just wanted to see how to draw lips in different angles.

Either way, let us know how we did right now in the comments below.

How to Draw Lips in 4 Different Ways: Step-by-Step

 

Overview:

 

This is a complete guide on How to Draw Lips (the Mouth)

  • In this guide you’ll learn:
  • The Front View of the Lips
  • The Side View of the Lips
  • The ¾ View of the Lips
  • And the Front View with Visible Teeth

How to Draw a Mouth – Introduction


One of the most important features of portrait drawing is drawing the outline of the lips. Our mouths are a really cool part of our emotional expressions and helps us how to define a portrait.

Whenever you’re drawing lips, you want to make sure that your lips are placed at the right angle.

We first saw how to draw the front view of the lips when we were talking about portrait drawing and how to draw a face.

You can draw this traditionally (with a pen or pencil) or with whatever smart drawing device you have!

Let’s get started.

Front View of Lips with Visible Teeth
Final Drawing - Front View of Lips with Teeth
Front View of Lips (2 different ways)
Final Drawing - Front View of Lips

Chapter 1: How to Draw Lips – The Front View

 

We’re going to start with a very simple front view of the lips. If you checked out our how to draw a face blog, then you’ve probably already seen this.

You can go ahead and skip to the next chapter or you can continue with us and refresh your memory.

For the front view we’re going to show you 2 different ways that you can start out. 

Step 1: The 3 Balls OR 1 Heart and 2 Balls 

 

First, draw 3 balls to form a triangle shape – or draw 1 heart, and right below the heart, draw 2 balls right next to each other.

You can do either or, most people find that the 1 heart and 2 balls method is easier to remember than the 3 balls method. 

3 balls or 1 heart and 2 balls on top of each other - front view of the lips
The 3 Balls (Left) and Heart & Balls (Right) – Front View of Lips

Step 2: Outline the Top of the Lips

 

Now draw an oval for each side of the top lip to figure out how long or how big you want the lips to be.

Step 2 of Front view of Lips - The Ovals
Outline Top Lip (both left and right) – Front View of Lips

Step 3: Define the Shape

 

Create the shape you want for your lips and shading points of the mouth. Also, don’t worry if it’s perfect or not, you can adjust wherever you’d like in the next step!

Step 3 - Outline the Shape - Front View of Lips
Outline Lip Shape – How to Draw Lips (Mouth)

Step 4: Where to Shade and Highlight

 

Figure out where exactly the shadows and highlights define the lips. Take your time with this step because it’s important to know how to shade correctly!

Step 4 Shading and Highlighting Points - Front View of Lips
Shading and Highlighting Points – Front View of Lips

Step 5: Finish the Details

 

Add shadows and highlights where necessary on your drawing, and voilà!

You made it! You now know how to draw the front view of the lips in 2 different starting ways, good job!

Front View of Lips (2 different ways)
Final Drawing – Front View of Lips

Chapter 2: How to Draw the Lips – The Side View 

 

Now we’re going to go in more detail of how to draw the lips at a complete side view. This is probably the easiest view in my opinion, so let’s get started!

Step 1: 60 Degree Angle and Balls

 

I like starting with a 60-ish degree angle slant when drawing the side view of the lips.

Draw a decent slant and place 2 balls: one at the top and one at the bottom. Then add the small oval to get the top lip shape.

a 60 degree-ish slant to draw the side view of the lips
60 Degree Slant - Side View of Lips
step 1 of drawing the lips at a side view
60 Degree Slant + Balls + Oval - Side View of Lips

Step 2: Outline the Shape

 

Now we just outline the shape of the lips, you can erase the slant here if you’d like since we will be shading and highlighting afterwards.

Outline of Side View of Lips
Outline Lip Shape – Side View of Lips

Step 3: Mark Your Shadows and Highlights

Shade your shadows and highlights in the correct areas to define the lips a little bit more to give it that realistic look.

Shadows and Highlights - Side View of the Lips
Defining Shadows and Highlights – Side View of Lips

Step 4: Finishing Details

 

Finish the details that you’d like to add and now you have successfully learned how to draw lips from the side view!

Final Drawing - Side View of Lips
Finished Drawing – Side View of Lips

Chapter 3: How to Draw the Lips – ¾ View

 

Now we’re going to talk about the third way of how to draw a mouth – the 3/4 view.

Because you can turn your head in either the right or left direction, you can draw the 3/4 view on the right side or the left side. If you’re struggling with the positioning of the lips or head, no worries, we talked about how to draw the head in any position in our previous blog.

For this tutorial we’re going to draw this on the left side (i.e. positioning your head almost all the way to the right side).

 

Loomis Head 3/4 View on the Right (Turning Head to the Left Side)
3/4 Left Side View of Loomis Head – Turning the Head to the Right Side

Step 1: Draw a Cross and 1 Ball in Each Section

 

First, we’re going to draw a cross and a ball in each corner of the cross. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be a perfect circle.

Step 1 Cross and Balls 3/4 View of Lips
Cross and Balls – 3/4 View of Lips

Step 2: Draw the Ovals

 

Next, we’re going to draw 2 ovals, but only on the right side (top and bottom).

Step 2 - Ovals - 3/4 View of Lips
Adding Ovals – 3/4 View of Lips

Step 3: Outline the Shape

 

After the ovals, we’re going to now outline the shape.

Remember which direction we’re turning the head. Don’t worry, we’ll show you finished lips on both sides of the 3/4 view.

Step 3 Outlining Lip Shape - 3/4 View
Outlining the Lip Shape – 3/4 View of Lips

Step 4: Add Shadows and Highlights

 

Now add your shadows and highlights to your lips. You can remove the cross if you’d like as well.

Step 4 - Shadows & Highlights - 3/4 View of Lips
Shadows and Highlights – 3/4 View of Lips

Step 5: The Finishing Details

 

Now add the finishing details, and you finally made a ¾ view of the lips (the head turning to the right).

You can also make a ¾ view with turning the head to the left also, just flip everything around!

Final Drawing 3/4 View on the Left Side (Turning head to Right)
Final Drawing – 3/4 View of Lips (Left Side)
Final Drawing 3/4 View on the Left Side (Turning head to Right)
Final Drawing - 3/4 View of Lips (Left Side)
Final Drawing 3/4 View on the Right Side (Turning head to Left)
Final Drawing - 3/4 View of Lips (Right Side)

Chapter 4: How to Draw the Lips – Front View with Visible Teeth

 

This is probably one of the more difficult ways to draw the mouth, but that’s okay! Just start drawing, you can always find your strengths and weaknesses and work on them as you like.

For now, we’ll just show you the front view on how to draw the lips with visible teeth.

Step 1: 4 Balls

 

This is kind of the same step as drawing the front view of the lips, but this time we’re going to draw 4 balls instead of 3.

Draw 2 balls first, make some space, then draw 2 balls on the bottom but make them slightly bigger.

 

Step 1 Lips with Teeth - 4 Balls
4 Balls – Front View of Lips with Teeth

Step 2: 2 Ovals

 

Next, we’re going to draw 2 ovals on both the top right and left sides.

Step 2 - Front View Lips with Teeth
2 Ovals – Front View of Lips with Teeth

Step 3: Outline the Lip Shape

 

Now we’re going to outline the lip shape. Make sure you leave space between the top lip and bottom lip so you can draw the teeth.

Step 3 - Outline Lips - Front View Lips with Teeth
Outline the Shape – Front View of Lips with Teeth

Step 4: Outline the Teeth Shape

 

Draw 5 lines to begin outlining the teeth shape.

Start out with the first one being right down the middle of the entire lip shape, then draw the rest of the 4 lines so we can guess where the teeth shape will be.

Step 4 - Outline Teeth - Front View Lips with Teeth
Outline Teeth Placement – Front View of Lips with Teeth

Step 5: Define the Teeth Shape

 

This is the step where we start to define the shape. Notice how the teeth are not complete squares – teeth are not perfect!

I’d like to point out that reference pictures really do help when it comes to drawing lips. Sometimes it’s hard drawing from memory alone and it’s just a lot easier to copy what you see if you’re just starting out.

Step 5 - Defining Teeth Shape -
Define the Teeth Shape – Front View of Lips with Teeth

Step 6: Shade Highlights and Shadows

 

Now we’re going to add the shading and highlighting points to the lips and teeth as well.

 

It’s a common mistake to think that the teeth are completely white and do not have any shadows or dark points.

 

Step 6 - Shadows & Highlights - Front View of Lips with Teeth
Shading and Highlighting – Front View of Lips with Teeth

Step 7: Finishing Details

 

Finally, you have successfully learned how to draw a mouth with visible teeth!

Front View of Lips with Visible Teeth
Final Drawing – Front View of Lips with Teeth

Now We Want to Hear from You!

 

Hopefully, you learned something new today.

Or maybe you just wanted to see how to draw lips in different angles.

Either way, let us know how we did right now in the comments below.

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