Tip #135

Drawing Expressive Mouths, an all-new Feature-Feature

So often when we draw the human face, we choose a safer option, a face in repose. But it’s fun and challenging to spice it up a bit, focus on emotion or expression.

Have you ever considered how much you can read from a person’s mouth? Are they tense, nervous, excited, laughing, concentrating? It’s fun to practice capturing those moods!

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If you need to, shoot a bunch of selfies with different extreme expressions! Don’t be embarrassed, no one ever needs to see them, they’re just for practice. Don’t be surprised if you get into it, though, I really had fun.

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Even MORE fun is just to hold a small mirror in one hand, a pencil in the other, and mug for the mirror! Draw fast and loose, and have a ball. You’ll be surprised at how much you can learn with such close attention to this most mobile feature on our faces.

For “extra credit” draw an elderly man’s mouth, someone with a mustache and full beard, a baby, a beauty queen. Have fun!


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• Drawing for Fun and Practice
• Utilizing Negative Spaces
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Painting Fur with Watercolor Pencils
Capturing the Effect of Distance and Depth
Feature Focus - Painting Eyes
Painting Wood Textures in Watercolor
Capturing Excitement and Drama
Techniques for Painting Foliage in Watercolor
Simple Buildings in Landscape
Finding Beauty Wherever You Are
Painting Rocks in Watercolor
Tricks and Techniques
The Why of Self Portraits
Bravura, Brushwork, Round Brushes
Putting People in your Paintings!
Focus on Animals
Paying Attention to Details
Painting Horses in Acrylic
Utilizing Negative Shapes
Catching the Sense of the Surf
Step by step painting of the ocean
Animals in Landscape
Making Time for Art
Feature Focus - Lips
Sky Effects
Some helpful books -- an artist's bibliography
Using Personal Symbols in Art
Keeping a Sketch Journal
Working on Toned Paper
The Healing Value of Art
Painting for a Cause
Found Art Supplies
The Value of Thumbnails
Working in Weather
Keeping a Journal of a Special Trip
Watercolor Painting -- with a palatte knife!
Shadows -- where and how to use them
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Field Sketching and keeping a nature journal
Color and Value
Sketching with Colored Pencil
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Creating a Sense of Scale in Your Art
Wildflowers & Weeds
Drawing and Painting our Canine Friends
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Differences in Perspective -- Aerial and Linear
More on Painting Man's Best Friend -- and Woman's!
Watercolor Pencil Revisited -- What's New!
Feature Focus -- The Nose Knows...
On The Nose - Again!
Exploring your watercolor pigments
More exploring your pigments
Painting with Gouache
Accentuate the Negative??
Found Art Supplies
Finding Beauty Wherever You Are
The Humble Sponge
Capturing Light in Landscape
Using Liquid Mask
Graphite Techniques
Feature Focus - Hands
Painting Cats
Cats II
Working with Colored Pencils on Toned Paper
Painting with Acrylics
More Found Art Supplies
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Ink & Wash Techniques
Pigment, Paint and Color
Online artist groups
Sketching on the spot in cold weather
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Keeping an Art Blog - An Interview with Katherine Tyrrell
Keeping an Art Blog - Gabi Campanario on Starting a Successful Group Blog
Keeping an Art Blog - Alyson Stanfield on Blogging for Artists
Make your own tiny travel watercolor kit
Painting on the Spot!
Learning from Nature
Who says you can't fix a watercolor?
Three of my favorite watercolor books!
Artist Trade Cards and ACEOs
Exploring the basics -- round brushes
More Brush Basics - Flats
Putting People in your Paintings -- again!
Still MORE Found Art Supplies!
Focus on Food
Restoring a favorite old paintbox
Use String with Watercolors
Quick Sketching Techniques
MORE on quick sketching
Painting Flowers
Organizing a Sketchcrawl
Unusual Tools
A Review of Waterbrushes
Playing With Yupo
Painting Moving Water, Part 1
Painting Moving Water, Part 2
Painting Still Water, Part 1
Painting Still Water, Part 2
A Place of Your Own
A Studio Alternative
Studio in a Backpack
Studying Nature through Art
Pen and Ink
Ink and Wash
Working on Toned Paper
Quick Sketching Techniques
Watercolor Pencils and Crayons
Ink Pen Comparisons
Exploring Your Artistic Roots with Dip Pens
Unusual (Found) Drawing Tools
Watercolor Crayon Play
Back to Basics -- Graphite Pencils
Using a Limited Palette
STOP - Quit While You're Ahead!
Using Opaque White
Using Thumbnail Sketches - Part One
Using Thumbnail Sketches - Part Two
Testing Your Paints
Using Your Imagination

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