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Learn “How to Draw Mouths”
Drawing a mouth can be very tricky...
The natural result for most of us when drawing a mouth is to end up with one of those paste-on smiley half-moons that doesn’t fit the face naturally... or to end up with “piano key” teeth... or maybe even lips that look like they’ve been cracked... and a myriad of other undesirable results.

The problem is that our left brain gets in the way of correctly seeing the shape that we know we want to draw. We think “a mouth is curved like this” or “teeth are separated like this” and then try to force it into that mold -- often subconsciously -- making our drawing look flat, stilted, and over-exaggerated.

This is why the tutorials in this new “How to Draw Mouths” series you’ll start with learning about the shape of the mouth structure.

Because as you probably know from all the previous 5-Pencil Method drawing tutorials, the way we create all illusions of form on our paper is with contours and edges*. But if the shape of the form is not clear to you, there’s no way to correctly create the contours and edges on your paper to create the illusion that you want.

Understanding structure will open up a whole new world to you.

Once you have gone through the tutorial on structure you will feel like you have a new perspective on how you see a mouth. You’ll begin to notice the slight turn of the head and how it changes to form the mouth. You’ll start picking out the edges and noticing how different lighting changes contours on the lips, gums, and teeth.

In fact, the rest of the tutorials in this series build on this first lesson.

And there are a lot of tutorials here.

In fact, over 5 hours of tutorials.

There are tutorials on the shapes that the mouth forms for making expressions... how to accurately capture the race of your subject... how to draw natural-looking teeth... how to show your subject’s age...

The tutorials will show you how to fix many common mistakes and open your eyes to things you probably never even thought of before.

Here are a few...
  • How do you get the teeth to sit back into the mouth and not be flush with the lips?
  • How do you show the back teeth farther back than the front teeth?
  • The secret to keeping the teeth from being “piano keys”.
  • How to prevent unwanted gaps between teeth.
  • What if you want gaps between the teeth? You’ll learn that, too.
  • How to draw crooked teeth without having them stand out too far or blend in with the other teeth.
  • How to handle teeth in a mouth that is just slightly open.
  • A contrast of what can seem like very slight nuances between different races.
  • Unique traits of different races.
  • How do you accurately capture your subject’s race -- especially a subject with darker skin tones? (Hint: don’t just shade it darker.)
  • Why capturing certain shapes is so important to showing a person's race.
  • How facial features relate to each other to create a person's race... and their individual personality.
  • How to draw wrinkles without making it look like a spiderweb on the person’s face.
  • Features to pay attention to when drawing different ages of children.
  • What the size and position of the teeth changes in your subject.
  • What happens to the lips when the mouth opens wide.
  • How to draw back into the inside of the mouth.
  • What happens to the lips in a pucker... and how to capture it.
  • How to keep the lips from looking cracked... and still have the right amount of expansion lines.
  • How to draw the lips when we don’t see much of them.
  • ...and lots of other fun stuff.

Of course, Darrel fills each tutorial full of all sorts of helpful tips as he goes through each one so you'll no doubt find many more little (and big) things that will turn the lightbulb on and give you lots of “Aha” moments.

The “How to Draw Mouths” DVD series contains 3 DVDs with 5 hours and 23 minutes of tutorials.

*Contours are forms that go “into and out of” without going out of our sight. They are represented by values going from darker to lighter creating the illusion of a curved surface. Edges are where something goes “around and out of our sight”. They are represented with a clean, hard edge that blends seamlessly into the value of the area that is in our view.

**All of the downloadable videos combined are approximately 5GB. Downloadable movies are in Standard Definition. They will play on an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or a Mac or Windows computer using iTunes or other compatible MPEG-4 video player.