Learning Objectives:
  •  To learn how lips are typically proportioned.
  •  To practise skills in proportions, tonal shading and detail. 
  •  To improve your ability to see shapes, tones and gradients accurately
  •  To make appropriate changes to improve your work as it develops. 
Your task:
Produce a detailed drawing of a mouth that is approximately 10cm wide, following the video, worksheet and tips listed below. You should be routinely making changes as your work develops.
What you will need: 
Sketching paper (or your sketchbook), a soft pencil (preferably 2B or 4B), eraserblending stump (or cotton bud) and a pencil sharpener.
Top Tips:
• Use a sharp pencil
• Draw as lightly as you can when sketching your initial outlines
• Measure the initial width and height of each shape carefully
• Hold your pencil as a shallow angle when shading to avoid scribble lines appearing
• Layer up your shading gradually and smudge between each layer
• Consider how by applying different amounts of pressure to your pencil you can alter the thickness of the lines. This is particularly important when drawing the details/cracks on the lips, as they require a 'flick' gesture so that they look thinner towards one end
• For the lightest areas of shading (e.g. the skin), it is better to apply graphite using a cotton bud or a piece of tissue, rather than using your pencil as pencils can make it too dark and 'scratchy'.
• You can leave gaps for the highlights, but you can also use an eraser after shading to emphasise the lighter tones