How to Draw Teeth and Lips

How to Draw Teeth and Lips

"Lips, however rosy, must be fed."
- Ovid, Roman poet, 43 BC to 18 AD

Lips have long featured in popular culture. Since time immemorial, poets have waxed romantic about the fleshy protuberances surrounding the mouth that form the smile. William Shakespeare cast young Romeo to swoon over his Juliet: "Thy lips, two blushing pilgrims ready stand." Love letters are sealed with a kiss, and school supplies, clothing, and everything in between may be emblazoned with puckered lips, especially near the romance-themed holiday of Valentine's day. They also represent iconic logos, such as the tongue and lips logo of the Rolling Stones.

Lips, however, have many important uses besides kissing. Lips are a tactile organ, meaning they have nerve endings that are sensitive to touch, heat, and cold. Babies and small children thus use their lips to learn about their world. Lips are also forming the smile, a form of non-verbal communication.

Lips are also important in speech and food intake. We use our lips to articulate different sounds when we talk. People with hearing loss can even increase their understanding of a conversation by lip-reading, or watching the shapes made by the mouth. Our muscular lips also enable use to keep food inside our mouths and create the airtight seal necessary to draw liquid through a straw.

Would you like to draw cartoon teeth and lips? How about a smile? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial is here to show you how. You won't need any lipstick - just get your pen, pencil, markers, or crayons and a sheet of paper.


Step 1

How to Draw Teeth and Lips: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a curved line to form the top of the upper lip. Notice the slight dip in the middle of the line. This double curve of the upper lip is called the Cupid's bow, as it is said to resemble the weapon of the Roman god of love.

Step 2

How to Draw Teeth and Lips: Step 2

2. Use a long "U" shaped line to connect the ends of the previous line, outlining the shape of the mouth.

Step 3

How to Draw Teeth and Lips: Step 3

3. Draw a curved line near the top of the mouth. This outlines the bottom of the upper lip, scientifically known as the Labium superius oris.

Step 4

How to Draw Teeth and Lips: Step 4

4. Draw a wide "U" shaped line connecting the ends of the previous line. This completes the outline of the open mouth and lower lip.

Step 5

How to Draw Teeth and Lips: Step 5

5. Begin drawing the teeth. between each tooth, draw two slightly curved lines. The opposite curves detail the shape of the top and bottom of each tooth.

Step 6

How to Draw Teeth and Lips: Step 6

6. Continue to outline the teeth, using two oppositely curves lines to create the juncture between each set of teeth. Fill the mouth with teeth. Notice how they are smaller at the corners of the mouth and larger at the front.

Step 7

How to Draw Teeth and Lips: Step 7

7. Add a shine of gloss to the lips. Enclose a small oval and an irregular rounded shape in the middle of the top lip.

Step 8

How to Draw Teeth and Lips: Step 8

8. Enclose an oval and an irregular shape in the middle of the bottom lip, giving it a shiny texture.

Step 9

How to Draw Teeth and Lips: Step 9

9. Draw short curved lines at the corners of the mouth and just above the Cupid's bow to indicate the contours of the face.

Step 10

How to Draw Teeth and Lips: Step 10

Color your cartoon teeth and lips. Lips are naturally rosy, and clean, healthy teeth are generally white. With makeup, lips can be any color - red, pink, purple, and much more - and unhealthy teeth may be yellow, green, brown, or black.

Steps 1 pager

The Complete Teeth and Lips Drawing Tutorial in One Image

How to Draw Teeth and Lips

Recommend For You

How to Draw a Rose Flower

Have you ever wanted to be able to draw a beautiful rose? This easy step-by-step drawing tutorial outlines the steps necessary to draw a cartoon style rose, complete with leaflets.

This project has a lot of details, but you can complete it easily by carefully following the instructions below.

In each step, previously drawn lines are black and the new lines added to the sketch are blue in color.

You won't need any special tools to complete this sketch. Follow this simple guide using any type of paper, as well as a pencil, pen, marker, or other writing tool. If you'd like, you can color your finished product.

How to Draw a Rose with Stem

Would you like to draw a beautiful flower? Doing so is simple with this drawing tutorial. By following the step-by-step instructions in this drawing guide, you will soon be able to sketch your own rose, complete with leaves and a stem.

You will not need any special tools to create this drawing, only paper and a writing implement - a pencil, a pen, or a marker.

Sketch lightly at first, as you will be erasing some of your lines as you go along.

There are many details in this drawing, but the illustrations below show you each step. In each image, the blue line is a new addition to the drawing.

How to Draw Eyes – Really Easy Drawing Tutorial

"The eyes are the window to the soul." So states an antiquated maxim. To scientists, however, the eyes are very interesting. For example, researchers are currently developing technology that could use patterns in the iris of the eye to identify people, much as the fingerprint is used currently. Movies and television have long depicted such technology, but it may soon become a reality. In fact, some airports are already testing this 'eye ID' technology.

To artists, the eyes hold another interest. The eyes are surrounded by many, many small muscles, and the movement of these muscles is an indicator of emotion on the human face. Our eyes, for instance, can show whether we are happy, sad, angry, frightened, excited, or bored.

The eyes, then, are an important means of expressing these emotions in the visual arts, yet many artists find the eyes to be one of the more difficult portions of the human face to capture accurately. What is more, it is almost paradoxical that the eyes are one member largely responsible for our ability to draw the eyes of another.

Almost every drawing or painting of humans or animals includes eyes, whether open or closed. As such, many styles have developed. The simplest eyes involve nothing more than a solidly shaded dot. Other simple eyes consists of a circle with a shaded dot inside it. The Japanese manga and anime art styles often lend straight lines and squared corners to the shape of the eye.

Would you like to draw a pair of eyes? Perhaps you are working on a portrait of a friend or family member. Now, the complicated task of drawing realistic human eyes is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing guide.

All you will need is a pencil, a piece of paper, and an eraser. You may also want to use crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints to shade your finished drawing. Notice that each step of this drawing guide includes an illustration as well as explanatory text. New lines added in each picture are highlighted in blue.