We will now start to add pencil to the lips. The first layer that will be added will used to outline the highlights. For this i used 2h pencil and blended the area with color blender. Slowly i darkened it using 4b progresso pencil. You’ll notice that the lines that you indented in the previous step will become more noticeable. Later on we will add some shadows to these lines which will make them jump out even more. The right side will not that have that much detail because of the light being reflected off of there. If you want you can add detail, just follow the same steps as the other areas, but remember that it will be much lighter.
We will continue to dark the lip using the progresso pencil and blending it with the color blender. You will also add shadows to the vertical grooves running down the lip. You will blend from left to right of line. Light is coming from the right so the left side of the lumps will be shadowed. Remember also that the lips are not smooth, using your 2h and 2b pencil you can tap some dots and lines on the lighter areas. You can render these spots into the surrounding area to add more detail. Another trick that you can use is to use your kneaded eraser to add highlights. Squeeze the kneaded eraser between your thumb and index finger. This will make a thin edge, tap some lines on an angle. This will make some highlights, under these lines you can draw a thin line with your mechanical pencil. This line will be the shadow. Using your 2h pencil you can blend that line into the surrounding area. You can also make a point with your kneaded eraser and tap on some areas and then using your mechanical pencil outline the bottom of these highlights. Tapping small dots with your mechanical pencil can also add texture and give some good effects. Just don’t make the dots too dark or they will stand out too much. Remember, anything that we add has to flow, so we need to add these details thinking of the surrounding areas. The image on the left is a close up of the finished drawing. You can see the texture that i added using the kneaded eraser to add highlights and outlining them. Lips are not smooth so keep that in mind, but they shouldn’t be too rough either. If you’re not sure, look at your own or look at the reference photograph at the top that shows the details clearly.
The bottom lip is basically done. From here on you can keep darkening it by layering with your 2h pencil. Just make sure not to darken the highlights too much. Experiment by adding highlights using your kneaded eraser and then blending them into the surrounding area.
Well the top lip will have some highlights but they will be on the right side. Using your stylus tap on that area and that should indent some spots, you can connect a couple of the dots with the stylus. The top lip will be a bit smoother because she is smiling, so the lips are being stretched. The dark lines that you see that grooves that are made from smiling. These will not be that noticeable since the top will be a bit darker. Add a layer of pencil with your 4b progresso and blend with the chamois. This will smooth it out. You also noticed that i added an outline of the face, this is just to get an idea in what direction the face is looking.
Continue adding pencil and blending. Once you have it dark like the image above you will begin to add a bit of texture. Since the area is already dark, the lines or spots that you add will have to be darker. But make sure that these additions blend into the surrounding area. The color blender will be useful here for blending these. On the right side you will notice that the highlights are more visible since you started to layer the pencil. If the highlights look like white dots, then tap with your kneaded eraser around that area to remove some pencil. The image on the left is a close up of the top right corner of lip. You can see the texture that i added using the stylus and just added shadows under these. You can also see the areas where i tapped with the kneaded eraser to connect some of the indentations. Using your 2b mechanical pencil you add horizontal lines over the lips, these lines are grooves that are made when the skin stretches from the smile. Blend these into the area around using your 2h pencil. These little tricks will not only improve your drawings but will add texture.
Darken the top lip by running your 4b progresso pencil over the area, the left side being darker. Blend with your color blender and keep repeating the same process until its dark enough. Again you can experiment with adding highlights,except that here they would have to be a bit darker so they don’t stick out too much. Don’t forget that this area has more shadows. The final step will be to add detail to the teeth. This step is not that difficult. Its just knowing where to add the shadows. The right side has the light source so the left side will be mostly shadow. The first two teeth from the left will be the darkest because they will be furthest from the light source and shadows will be cast by the teeth that follow. Start by putting a layer to the first two teeth with your 2h pencil and blending it with your color blender. Darken the edges of these a bit with your 4b pencil. Blend into the center. The reason that the edges will be a bit more darker is because the edge of these teeth are thinner and are a bit transparent so the the dark from the inside of the mouth will be visible through the teeth. Well third tooth will be done the same way except that a highlight will be added with the kneaded erase. Make a thin edge on your kneaded eraser and tap out a line on the left and right side of tooth. The right highlight will be a bit dark,so gently run your 2h over it really,really lightly. The image on the left shows a detailed close up of finished drawing. You can see the details that were added using the simple technique of removing graphite with kneaded eraser. Even teeth are not smooth, they have subtle grooves, especially the front teeth. You can see what I’m talking about by just running your tongue over your front teeth and you should feel the grooves that run down vertically over your front teeth. The remaining teeth are done by simply using the color blender and adding shadows to the left of each tooth. Don’t make the shadows too dark because as you get closer to the right, the light source is much stronger to it will reflect more light. But even on these you can add highlights using your kneaded eraser. They might not be as visible as the other highlights but these little things make the drawings much more interesting. Well that should be it for this drawing, experiment and see what else you can do using the same techniques that I’ve shown you.
The best way to improve is to keep drawing. With each drawing that you make you will learn something new. I’m still learning with each one and i don’t want to stop learning. There is always room for improvement and i want you to keep that mind when you are working on your drawings. I’m a firm believer that practice makes perfect and i can guarantee that you will see results with each drawing that you finish. Its all about wanting to improve. Before starting a drawing, i suggest that you study what you are going to draw. Knowing the techniques is important but knowing when to use them is important too. If you understand what you want to draw you will know what techniques to use. Well i hope this was helpful and if you have any questions please contact me or leave a comment.
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