So I am working on this thing, and it is so hard to share a work in progress pic, because I feel like yelling, “don’t judge, she’s not done yet!”. But I am also excited, and I want to share....Just don’t judge, she’s not done yet!
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Draw pupils lip upward. Which really doesn’t mean anything other than it is my favorite Palindrome and happened to fit this tip perfectly.
So seriously, some of you are more that halfway through the Challenge, and I have held back giving any tips on facial features. Did you notice, this is the first one? That’s because one of the biggest mistakes that a beginning portrait artist make is over-focusing on features and missing the placement of the features, structure of the head, values and alignments. So here is a very basic tip on how to draw the lips…Pupils.
First of all, a little terminology from an anatomical perspective, lips technically are the whole upper and lower flaps covering the mouth and what we think of as lips are just the exposed transitional area between the inner and outer surfaces of those flaps. This transitional area, “our lips,” are curiously tilted outward. I have my personal theories as to why. One is the idea of sexual attraction, showing a bit of pink. The lisp can also be seen as an acoustical tool for forming sounds, while visually expressing those sounds with a highlighted shape that borders mouth. And lastly, the lips are an extremely expressive part of the face, helping to convey emotion, and that bit of color helps get our feelings across.
So enough with my theories, you can think of “our lips” as having two major parts: upper and lower. But, each of those parts have sub-forms or segments. The upper lip has three main forms, creating something like a bird shape with a ridged body in the middle with two wings going out to the sides. The bottom lip has two major forms, divided in the middle and is rounder towards the middle and thins out towards the edges. I hope this helps you visualize them as you work from your references.
So remember this extremely important point. Draw pupils lip upward!!!
If you were a hippo or a crocodile, your eyes would be sticking out or your head so that you can see above the water while your body is largely submerged.
But we are human, and through evolution, our eyes are set back from the face to protect ourselves from eye injury, unless you are one of the Three Stooges. We have nice boney formations in the skull that have something like the shape of sunglasses, formed by the orbital, the bridge of the nose and the zygomatic bone. If you hold your hand flat and place it over your eye, then blink, you can feel that just your eyelashes touch the palm of your hand. This is enough to protect your eyes from a great deal of objects that might strike your face.
So why am I telling this to you, my aspiring portrait artists? It’s because you want to think about the eyes set back in space from the facial forms around it, and you want to look for the edges of the bones in the skull that affect the features around the eyes. This will give you more landmarks to work from as you draw and paint the face.
So protect those eyes, because you never know what you are going to see. Did you like my little surprise at the end?
BTW, I have created close to 40 Portrait Tips for you all. Don’t forget to check out my page to see them all and to Like, Save, Share.
Hey Kiddos, I’ve been doing the Tuesday Night Live Painting Demos on YouTube for over a year and a half. And all good things must comes to end. With the time I am putting into helping people taking the 100 Day Portrait Challenge, my time is more effective there than elsewhere. For those who want to see me painting in real-time as I explain the process, there’s hundreds of hours already on YouTube with 70 plus paintings to choose from. I can’t say I will never do more live demos, just not now. So thank you for those who gave me encouragement along the way and I am curious to see where this new path leads.
This time lapse is from one of those last painting demos of the stunning Hannah Morgan @hmorgan1998 and the reference photo from the extremely talented Yana Bardadim @yana_bardadim, and is a fitting sendoff to the live painting demos.