Toothy smiles are much more fun to draw than the
closed mouth. You draw it pretty much the same way as
the closed mouth but there are just a few more steps
because you'll be drawing lips and teeth. When drawing
smiles, though, you may not want to draw exactly what
you see. I know I say "Draw what you see" but let me
If you draw the teeth exactly the way you see them, the
person may end up looking buck-toothed, gap-toothed, or
having some other dental abnormality. People want nice,
pearly white choppers, and if you give it to them,
they'll think it's a great drawing. I think you should
minimize the gaps in the teeth as much as you
can. Here's how:
draw a smiling mouth define the upper lip by measuring
to find the three points on the mouth as before. Draw the line
that is the bottom of the upper lip. Now, on your
subject, measure from the bottom of the upper lip to the
top of the lower lip - this is finding the height of the
smile. After marking the point of the top of the lower
lip on your drawing, draw the curved line that will be
the top of the lower lip and the bottom of the smile.
Then on the subject, measure from the top of the lower
lip to the bottom of it, this defines the lower lip.
Then draw in the curve of the bottom of the lower lip.
Now you should have the contour of the lips and the
smile penciled in. On to the shading.
with the contour lines of the lips and smile drawn, dive
in and do the shading on the lips. The shading of the
lips was covered on the previous page.
time. Look at the woman's teeth in the smile photo.
Notice how the teeth recede into the mouth? The jaw is
curved into a semicircle, so the back teeth are farther
away from the viewer than the front teeth. Many people
who "can't draw" will draw a grid pattern to represent
teeth. This looks wrong because what that represents is
that all the teeth are on the same flat plane. Look at
the skull photo. It may be easier to see that the jaw is
curved if the jaw wasn't wrapped in skin. I've drawn the
top teeth of the skull correctly and also looking flat.
Can you see the difference? To correctly draw teeth
think of looking at a picket fence from the side. Draw
the front two teeth as flat and make the spaces between
the teeth evenly spaced, but then moving on to the other
teeth, gradually decrease the space between the teeth.
where you draw what you don't see. You should minimize
the gaps between the teeth as much as possible. If you
draw the gaps exactly as you see them they may look like
they need to see a dentist. Very lightly draw in the
gaps, and very lightly shade in the teeth at the corners
of the mouth. It may end up looking like they have one
big tooth, but that's preferable to nasty teeth.
Assignment: Draw these teeth. I know it might be a
bit tough because he's got some gums going and lot's o'
teeth, but give it a shot. Try and be a dentist and give
him better teeth by minimizing gaps. I've given you tips
on drawing the eyes, nose and mouth, so if you'd like,
draw the whole face. Here's how I drew ol' Toothies