How to Draw Mouths for Beginners

In this tutorial, we will be learning how to draw mouths!

We will go over different shapes of the mouth, how to draw expressions, as well as the proportions of the mouth.

Each person’s mouth look’s different, and there are a lot of different art styles to consider.

Here are two examples I have drawn:

In the first image below (Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock from Daredevil), the image has touches of realism, whereas the second image (Batgirl from DC comics) is comic style.

How to Draw MouthHow to Draw Mouths

There are a lot of different ways to draw mouths, but before you get started drawing mouths, you need to know a couple of things.

First things first, let’s look at the proportions of the mouth and face.

Facial Proportions: How to find the mouth

When learning how to draw mouths, we need to first know where the mouth is on the face.

Below is an example of accurate facial proportions.

Each of the red lines in the image represents the proportions of the face.

Facial Proportions

Such as the lines above and below the ears line up with the eyebrows and the bottom of the nose.

The lines from the tear ducts line up with the sides of the nose, and the centers of the irises line up with the corners of the mouth.

When trying to find the mouth, we should look at the eyes first.

The corners of the mouth should line up with the irises.

This can vary a little bit, the mouth could be slightly wider or smaller, but as a general rule the corners line up with the irises.

How to draw a mouth step-by-step

Once we know where the mouth should be, we can start drawing the shape of the mouth.

What you will need: Paper, a pencil, a white or kneaded eraser, and optionally, a Prismacolor, Copic, or Micron pen.

In steps one, two, and three, I use a pencil, and in steps four and five, I use a Prismacolor pen.

Step One: Draw the center lines for the lips

Whenever I draw a mouth, I always start with a horizontal line.

This line will be the line between the lips.

Next, I draw the centerline.

This line will show us where the middle point of the mouth will be.

Don’t worry about this looking like a mouth just yet.

How to draw a mouth

Step Two: Start to draw the top and bottom lips

Next, draw the dip in the top lip, below the philtrum.

This upper lip shape can be as deep or flat as you want.

After that, draw the middle of the bottom lip.

How to draw lips

Step Three: Draw the upper lip

Next, draw from that dip in the upper lip down to the corners of the mouth.

This will create the upper lip.

draw the top lip

Step Four: Draw the bottom lip (begin adding detail)

After that, you can go ahead and fill out the bottom lip as well.

This is the point when I take out my pen and start adding detail, like the top lip where the lips meet, pictured below.

fill out the lips, how to draw a mouth

Step Five: Finish drawing the mouth with a pen

From here, you can use your pen and draw the rest of the mouth.

how to draw a mouth

How to draw mouths with teeth (without looking creepy)

For this second tutorial, we will go over how to draw mouths that are open, or how to draw a smiling mouth.

What you will need: Paper, a pencil, a white or kneaded eraser, and optionally, a Prismacolor, Copic, or Micron pen.

In steps one and two, I use a pencil, and in steps three and four, I use a Prismacolor pen.

Step One: Outline the shape of the mouth

When drawing an open mouth, the first thing to do is to draw the shape of the inside of the mouth.

This will be the shape without including the lips.

Outline the open mouth

Step Two: Draw the tongue and teeth

Next, draw the inside of the mouth. Sometimes you will just see the upper teeth and the tongue, like the picture I drew below.

Other times, the lower teeth are also visible. Using a reference photo can help you decide what you want to do.

 

Outline the inside of the mouth

Step Three: Use a pen to add detail

At this point, you can go ahead and add as much or as little detail as you want for the lips.

Here, I just did a small indent for the bottom and upper lips so you can tell they are there.

I also drew a small line and some hatching on the tongue.

 

Add pen, draw the mouth

Step Four: Add finishing touches

In this step, you can darken the inside of the mouth, and add details like the shine on the lips, or the small lines in the teeth.

Sometimes, it’s better to just add a few details to the teeth, rather than draw each individual tooth. Especially if you are going for a more comic book or manga/anime type style.

Add details and darken, drawing mouths

Drawing different types of mouths from reference photos

There are so many different mouth shapes.

Some mouths have thin lips, while others have fuller lips.

Some people have crooked teeth, while others have straight.

Lips also look different when they are smiling, mischievous, or somber.

How to draw mouths with different shapes

The best advice I can give you for learning how to draw mouths is to practice and to use lots of different reference photos.

Let me start by saying that there is NOTHING wrong with using a reference photo.

It doesn’t make you any less of an artist and never listen to anyone who tells you that it does.

Using a reference photo is actually one of the best ways to improve your drawing skills.

I would suggest finding some pictures of actors or models and drawing their mouths and lips. This is a great way to practice the different shapes of the mouth.

For example, in this drawing below I used a reference photo I found on Pinterest.

How to draw a mouth

Reference Photo Via www.KiBeauty.com

Pinterest is a great place to find reference photos!

If you need some inspiration, try looking through my Pinterest board for facial expressions.

Final Thoughts:

Draw as many different mouths as you can!

The more practice you get drawing mouths, the more diverse you will be able to draw them from memory.

The goal with any style or subject in art is to be able to store up the memory of it, that way you can draw it without a reference later.

But at first, always use reference photos. They will help you so much.

And remember, art is play. So have fun!

“There is no must in art because art is free.” Wassily Kandinsky

See you in the next tutorial!

What to draw next: How to draw arms

If you haven’t checked out the tutorials in my beginner section, you might want to try How to Draw Arms next!

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