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Advanced Mouth Anatomy Tutorial - Part 1 by Jeff-H Advanced Mouth Anatomy Tutorial - Part 1 by Jeff-H
Long tutorial. This used to be called a Lip Tutorial but I changed it midway through the text and forgot to edit half of it. But same concept throughout.

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Mouth Anatomy - Part 1: Location, Shape, Angles, Curves, and Easy Movement.


Remember the disclaimer: This is stylized realistic, my own preferences. But the methods can be used with almost any style and preference.
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Meitantei4869 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015
Very useful. Thanks!
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D-Valkyrie Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
Much appreciated.
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JustSimone Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
This is an amazing tutorial, thank you so much, I am going to try it tomorrow :) I did half a page of noses, now it's time for half a page full of mouths haha
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JaliosWilinghart Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice one :)
Easy to follow. :)
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D-Pyro Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
VERY helpful!!
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VonDaShroom Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much this is very useful!!
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TNGSTUBBS Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
really loved this tutorial!  It makes a HUGE difference when you add explanations along with the rules.... I will be using this and practicing off of it for sure!!
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Voxejst Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
You have put insane effort into this and I appreciate it. Thank you!
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ryokohlub Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry but I must say this......

I FREAKEN LOVE YOU!!!!!! This tutorial was just want I needed!!!! THANK YOU!!!!
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sleepyowlet Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm... some things are good advice, some less so. The dots - yes, but only when the lips are closed. When a mouth is open it looks completely different from what you've shown here - there's a ring muscle underneath, not separate muscles for upper and lower lip. The little edge is still there, yes, but not as noticeable. And Gaasb is right; not everyone has what you called the Cupid's Bow. Actually the Cupid's Bow is the upper line of the upper lip, not the lower line.
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Jeff-H Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
At the end of the tutorial I specified that dots are not noticeable when lips are open. My tutorial also specifies that the open mouths here are "natural jaw openings" (not a real term), where the mouth is by movement of the jaw and no muscles are flexed. When you open your mouth to eat, scream, talk with emotion, use facial expressions, etc., it will look different. Based on what I see in the mirror and on my participating friends (which is my basis in making these tutorials in the first place), the open mouths I have here are accurate enough. Minimal muscle use. 

As for Gaasb's comment, I put this here for a reason "Remember the disclaimer: This is stylized realistic, my own preferences. But the methods can be used with almost any style and preference" 
Not everyone has a cupid's bow, just like how not everyone has noticeable mouth corners or rounded legs or noticeable thigh muscles or a larger lower lip. But what would you have me do, address every possible human body altercation possible? Even as a student I don't think I'll have an intention of drawing the lack of a mouth bump, even if some people don't have it. 

Though you are right about the Cupid's Bow being the upper line. I'm not sure what that little thing is called though. 
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sleepyowlet Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
When doing a anatomy tutorial it's usually a good idea to throw in some variety. Just saying.

The open mouth in yours is still sort of pinched together at the edges - I'm sorry, it does not look like that. Nope. Open mouth, lips don't touch at the sides. Not even when speaking or singing.

The little thing that is not-the-cupid's-bow doesn't actually seem to have a name... at least I haven't found one.
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Jeff-H Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mine looks pretty pinched.
So does my roommates and floormates. 

Guess we're anomalies then.
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sleepyowlet Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The only time mine (or anyone's I watched the last couple of days) look like that (open mouth, yet lips touching for about half a centimeter at the sides) is when pronouncing something like the "oo" in "loose". Just open mouth doesn't do that. But then again I'm from Europe... Maybe we're aliens, and our anatomy differs radically from yours.
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Jeff-H Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eh, maybe I'm seeing something you don't or noticing too much of something, or maybe you're noticing too little of something. Let's just agree to disagree then. Since I still see it on people I talk to.
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Crystalline-Keyblade Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Great thing! This will help a lot, thank you!
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Gaasb Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
i dont have this "cupid bow" , wont draw it
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dragonsong17 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is awesome- thank you!
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Jensham Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist
your tutorials are so detailed and nice O_O
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lilitharten Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks for this tutorial, it's great:D (Big Grin).  It helps a LOT.
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Arrieva Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent tutorial, and exactly what I needed!  Thank you! ^^
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theheek Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
great tutorial thanks
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iAndresC Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Master! :la:
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LupusDream Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG! Thank you finally a tutorial that finally makes sense. I have been looking for a tutorial on lips for a while.

Now a tutorial that pots everything together on the face and I should be good ;)
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Lulie Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What about the angle when the mouth is turning away when the far corner is hidden? 

I think in 60 degrees it would be more hidden and take on a different shape. Currently you have it go from showing in four different angles (0, 30, 45, 60) and then suddenly hidden at 90 degrees. But the mouth sits on a cylinder-like plane, so as it turns away the far side would be hidden while the middle of the lips are still visible.
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Jeff-H Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your face would have to be turned at an 80 or so degree angle to really not be able to see any mouth corner. The mouth doesn't immediately stop at the corner. The skin goes inwards and forms the mouth, so there's going to be a shadow there. That shadow is noticeable until around 80 or at least 75 degrees. Even then, all you would do is continue to exaggerate the skew and the sharp points, and omit the corner. 

The mouth does sit on a cylinder plane, but it's a pretty bumpy plane--you have to take into account the multitudes of shadows that's noticeable in view. 

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Lulie Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just tried in a mirror and you're right (about 80 or so degree angle).

I think the thing I was trying to get at is: if someone with thicker lips is turning away, the upper lip sticks out more, and produces this shape that isn't just a sharper angle, but bends back and tucks in. Like, the angle towards the corner reverses because the flesh of the middle of the upper lip starts going in front of the flesh of the part near the corner. Does that make sense? (And this shape is often ignored by beginner artists, or they find it difficult to draw.)
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Jeff-H Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm I guess that would depend heavily on the person. I just tried it with me and my roommates and we don't seem to have that. The philtrum is a bit more noticeable due to shadow, but the actual lip itself doesn't tuck in (for us at least). 

Though if someone's lips tucked in at an 80 degree angle, wouldn't it also be noticeable at a profile view too? 
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VonEyEzine Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
a definitive hardline scope of a mouth tutorial, just what I was looking for to justify what I was trying to do with my own pics
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TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
:wave: hi there!
Your tutorial has been featured in my weekly journal: Tutorial Tuesday #11!
I'd love if you could come take a look, and support your fellow tutorial writers through comments :la:
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AliceVII Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
spectacular 
it's amazing
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Ninja-Stiffy Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*thick southern accent* and now you got a pretty mouth :[
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Neicha-chan Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Student General Artist

There were a few tips I'd never seen yet, thanks for sharing. 

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Dualmask Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I've been having some difficulty with mouths lately, even though I go for a cartoon approach to it. The whole "always draw the dots" alone helps a lot, and the rest is great info as well. Great tut.
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jonkiser Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Superb Tutorial, very good points to follow. :)
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ZombieRanchero Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool!
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Black-Caspian Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh, thank you for this!
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LadyCreation Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome!!!
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RoseRoselli Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Very helpful ! Thanks !

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Mairelyn Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for a great tutorial!
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JonnyMars Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
this couldnt have come at a more perfect time, cheers!
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Olessan Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

I just randomly stumbled across this. It's an excellent for later reference to re-read those pointers, and also is one of the best-formatted tutorials I've read. Very tidy and legible.

I usually draw the mouth starting with a dot in the middle of the cupid's bow and work outward from there, but the two dots method seems much better! I'll try it out tonight,  I think.

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TheMoonPicnicSociety Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:excitedla: Thank yooooooou :heart:
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shadowednavi Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! Trying it out in my latest commission and it already feels super comfortable and looks better than the old (lazy) way I drew lips~
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luis23jlm Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Thank you very helpful
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crammer Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
This is really awesome, it's like stickfigures for the mouth!
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zara-leventhal Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student General Artist
So helpful, thank you!
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razamataza Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Thanks a lot! Exactly what I needed!
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Juliee-R Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wonderful and awesome mouth tuto !! Kiss !
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CharlesAChaloupka Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for creating such a wonderful art tutorial, that I'm sure can and will help many artists :D
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