This tutorial explains how you can draw manga and anime mouths using the sides (profile perspective) in the various states (closed open, closed, etc.) …) and using different expressions.
Placing Anime Mouth & Lips on the Head in Side View
To place a vertically placed cartoon mouth on the top of your head from the side view, begin by placing the lower lip around 1/8 of the height of the head upwards to the level of your chin. The mouth should be slightly higher than that.
Drawing Anime Lips in Side View
To draw the anime lips from the side view, you should start by drawing a line that runs starting from the tip of the nose towards the chin’s curve. Then, you can use this line to position horizontally the lips.
For more details on drawing anime lips, read:
- How to Draw Anime Lips Tutorial
- How to Draw Anime Kissing Lips & Face Tutorial
Understanding How a Mouth Opens
When drawing your mouth of any kind, it is important to know the way that the jaw opens. The jaw doesn’t slide down as an elevator would, but rather swings down like a door swings down its hinges, but unlike doors, it is able to move slightly in the direction of forward.
The top of the mouth is unable to move.
For more information on drawing anime teeth, check out:
How to Draw Anime & Manga Teeth Tutorial
Drawing Anime Mouth Side View
For a standard side view animation mouth (closed) you could draw it using a slight curve.
Drawing Open Anime Mouth Side View
For an open-side view of a cartoon mouth, draw the lower jaw from the bottom down. top tooth row. Draw the mouth in itself using a gentle curve, and then draw a small hint of the upper line of teeth.
Drawing Wide Open Anime Mouth Side View
For a wide-open anime mouth, draw the jaw further downwards than a normal open mouth. Draw a little less of the teeth visible than in an open mouth that is slightly open as well. The reason is that the lips are likely to be pulled downwards more often as the mouth opens opened larger, which means that the teeth are covered more.
Drawing Yelling Anime Mouth Side View
To make a mouth for yelling, make it look like the mouth of an anime that is open however draw the lips even further to reveal more teeth (lips are drawn back as people shout).
Drawing Serious Anime Mouth Side View
If you want to draw a frown or unhappy cartoon mouth, draw it in an upwards curve.
Drawing Surprised/Excited Anime Mouth Side View
To create a mouth that is surprised by anime, make it look like an open mouth, but move the lips towards the back of the mouth as it is creating it into an “O” shape.
Drawing Smiling Anime Mouth Side View
To create a smiley anime mouth, draw it using sharp corners of the mouth, showing teeth.
Drawing Scared/Shocked Anime Mouth Side View
To create a mouth that is scared of anime, make it look like an open mouth, but bent downwards.
Drawing Grinning Anime Mouth Side View
For a mouth that is smiling, make it look like an anime smile, however, draw a wrinkle on the corners of the mouth and then draw a hint on the line that separates the upper and lower lines of teeth.
Drawing Puzzled Anime Mouth Side View
To make a puzzled, anime-like mouth, draw the lips in one curly shape. Draw the mouth in a form that resembles an “O” expanding outwards.
Drawing Lightly Smiling Anime Mouth Side View
To create a smiley anime mouth, draw it closer to the normal anime mouth however it is slightly longer and more curly.
This tutorial offers side-view examples of manga and anime mouths, in a few of the more popular states and facial expressions. These examples can be applied to drawing mouths of other styles.
For more information on drawing anime mouths, find:
How to Draw Anime and Manga Mouth Expressions
For more information about drawing anime expressions using the side view, see:
- One Point Perspective Room Drawing Tutorial – Step by Step
- How to Draw Anime & Manga Eyes – Side View
- How to Draw Male Anime & Manga Eyes