How to Draw Real Lips

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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.   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.   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.   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'.   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!   Step 1. Step 2. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5.