How to Draw Realistic Smiling Closed Lips

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When drawing realistic, smiling closed lips you'll want to pay close attention to the little details, like skin textures. Draw realistic, smiling closed lips with help from an artist who teaches art to children and adults in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Rosalie and I'm an artist, and I'm going to show you how to draw realistic smiling closed lips. So to draw the lips smiling, I'm going to start with the top lip, and I just make a shape like this, and the top of of the lips is often called the cupids bow, because it looks kind of like a cupids bow, and this person is smiling so all the lines and lips are sort of curving, so when drawing realistic lips you want to kind of keep the lines sort of gently curving. And I'm drawing in the bottom lip, so you can see this person is smiling, but just slightly, it's trying to be realistic so it is not super exaggerated. And this person is going to be wearing lipstick, and I'm going to shade in the lips, you can even use a vertical texture, like how I'm doing there, because lips do have sort of vertical, little tiny vertical creases, but you don't have to, it depends how realistic you want to get with it, so I'm just leaving some space to be like a highlight, on like that shinny lipstick, and then I'm going to shade in the bottom lip, and smudge it a little bit, I'll just make it like sort of a highlight, just to show the three dimensionality of the lips, and I'm just shading in the bottom there, I'll just leave that too. And that's how I draw realistic smiling closed lips.

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