Facial expressions are very important for the impact the illustration creates. Giving your model a beautiful, warm smile 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.
Tip: You may want to leave the eyes just a little bit smaller than usual because when we smile we tend slightly to close our eyes, so that their vertical diameter is visually reduced.
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.
Tip: Sometimes your model will be drawn looking at direction other than straight forward. That’s why you want to start the guidelines from the center of the eye, not the center of the pupil.
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.
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.
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.
Join all the parts and be careful with the upper lip. You have to draw a tiny hollow in the place where you marked the initial dash.
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.