Let’s learn how to draw a smile! Facial expressions are very important for the impact the illustration creates. Giving your model a beautiful and warm features will make the viewer smile in return when he sees your image. Learn how to draw a smiling girl in a few quick steps.
Step 1: Preparation
Start with all finished head and face except the smile. Have everything prepared.
Step 2: Guidelines
Pull the head Centerline from the nose to the chin. Mark the middle- this is the mouth Centerline.
Draw the lines that go straight down from eye’s center. They are indicating where the smile ends.
Step 3: End points
Mark with a dash the halfway distance from the mouth Centerline to the nose. It’s the upper lip.
Mark with a smaller dash the halfway distance from the upper lip to the nose.
Step 4: Smile outlines
Continue the upper lip line to the guidelines. Don’t curve it, keep it straight.
Make a line underneath the mouth Centerline that is down the same space as from the upper lip to mouth Centerline.
Step 5: Lip corners
Cut the upper lip line in 4 parts and lengthen the lines as shown.
Make the ends of the upper lip line slightly curved upwards without going out of the boundaries.
Step 6: Mind the gap
Join all the parts and be careful with the upper lip. You have to draw a tiny gap in the place where you marked the initial dash.
Step 7: Clean up
Erase all the guidelines and smooth the curves of the smile. You can add a delicate wrinkle detail in upper lip’s end if you want to.
Drawing different facial expressions can really help for more interesting fashion sketches. Hopefully this step-by-step tutorial on how to draw a smile inspired you to get creative with your models! Happy smiling!