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Uploaded: December 4, 2010
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 5
Updated: December 4, 2010
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Hey guys, I'm here tonight to guide you all on a tutorial that is indeed a realistic one. In this awesome tut, you'll be learning “how to draw real lips”, step by step. This tutorial is a bit short because there isn't much to show you but how I went through the process. The entire tutorial was done graphite and I'm incredibly happy how the results turned out. You'll be needing a piece of regular A4 paper (copy paper) or a medium textured sketch paper, a pack of sketching pencils, a kneaded eraser (or a polyester one), tissue and or cotton swabs, and a decent sharpener. I went through sharpening my 3B pencil numerous times because of the maximum usage of it. You'll also be needing a reference and tons of patience in order to achieve a decent realistic look for your lips. Anyways, I hope that ya'll will enjoy this tutorial to learn “how to sketch lips”, step by step. I had so much fun doing the walk through and getting into what I was doing. Thanks so much for viewing and good luck! Don't forget to leave behind some feedback on how you progressed “drawing lips”.

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How to Draw Real Lips

how to draw real lips step 1

STEP 1.

In this step, we have to draw the basic sketch outline for the lips so we know where to establish the shadows and highlights. All you need is just an outline to prepare for all your shading detailing. I recommend to use a regular 2H pencil for the guides. Remind yourself to NEVER PRESS HARD with this pencil since it leaves behind unwanted invisible marks when you draw over it with a darker shade.
 
how to draw real lips step 2

STEP 2.

Then, we will start adding in extra details before we start to do the initial shading work. The large whites you see are the highlights which you must avoid shading on.
 
how to draw real lips step 3

STEP 3.

Next, we can start the shading! This can be a tedious procedure since shading can require lots of time and patience. Take your time and add only the first base layer of shades.Darkened the darkest spots in as well, like the inside of the mouth.
 
how to draw real lips step 4

STEP 4.

We'll go ahead and darkened the shadows that was seen in my reference picture. Add layers of more shadows as you work, lightly adding subtle lines in the lips. By adding very dark lines of lip wrinkles, you'll create old and dry looking lips, which is a big 'no no'.
 
how to draw real lips step 5

STEP 5.

Lastly, using tissues, keep adding shades and smudging, to create a darker and rich texture for the lips. It may take you a while to achieve real looking textures since graphites really depend on the way you use them. I hope you folks have enjoyed this tutorial as much as I did. Thanks so much for joining me and don't forget to leave behind feedback on your progress!