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 very quick steps.
Step 1: Preparation
Start with all finished up in your model. Sketch the head and the face – everything except for 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! For more facial expressions that will provide diversity to your models check “How to draw sexy lips” tutorial that will guide you to draw seducing slightly open lips. Happy smiling!