How to Draw a Mouth and Tongue

Experts report that much of human communication in nonverbal. This means that in addition to words, we frequently “talk” with our hands and our faces, in the form of gestures and facial expressions. Some such communication is almost universal across cultures; others have different meanings in different places. What might be a friendly greeting in one culture could be an insult in another. Consider one example.

Have you ever stuck out your tongue at someone? Most children have. In many cultures, this is considered a childish gesture or a mild insult – rudeness, sass, or disrespect. In some places, however, sticking out the tongue conveys a very demeaning message. In fact, in Italy in 2009, an individual was tried and fined for sticking his tongue out at a neighbor during an argument. Interestingly though, in the region of Tibet, this facial expression is used as a greeting.

In 1970, the famous rock and roll band known as the Rolling Stones adopted the “tongue and lip design” as their logo. The mouth was used to represent the large, “intense” mouth of the band’s lead singer, Mick Jagger.

The extended tongue is said to represent the Hindu goddess Kali, who is sometimes regarded as one of the seven tongues of the fire god Agni. Why this representation? This “goddess of everlasting energy” is though to “[signify] the use of free expression in their music.”

As you can see, this bodily symbol has a multitude of forms and meanings. Would you like to draw a mouth with its tongue sticking out? Doing so is simple and easy with the help of this step-by-step drawing tutorial. You will need only a pencil, a good eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to use crayons, markers, colored pencils, or paints to shade your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Eyes, Nose, and Ear.

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​Step by Step Instructions for​ Drawing a Mouth and Tongue

How to Draw Mouth and Tongue

1. ​​​​​​​​​​​​Begin by drawing a long, curved line, roughly in the shape of a rounded letter “M.” This outlines the top of the upper lip.

2. ​​Using another long, curved line, outline the bottom lip, fully enclosing the mouth. Notice the bulges near the corners of the mouth.

3. ​​​​​Within the mouth, draw another curved line that loosely follows the contours of the upper lip. This outlines the bottom side of the lip.

4. ​Use a long, “U” shaped line to enclose the inner mouth, outlining the top of the lower lip as well. Notice how the corners of the mouth include sharp points.

5.​ ​​​Draw two overlapping curved lines within the open mouth. These lines begin the outline of the tongue.

​6. ​​Draw a large “U” shaped line, connecting one side of the tongue to the other. This outlines the extended tongue.

​7. ​​Erase the guide lines from the tongue.

​8.​Sketch in the teeth. To do this, use three lines to enclose a rectangular shape along the bottom of the top lip. Notice that the corners are rounded. Then, draw another rounded rectangular shape next to this one. Continue to add teeth in this way until you reach the side of the mouth.

9.​​ Add depth and texture to the tongue by drawing a curved line down the center. Draw curved lines along the tops of each lip to provide a sense of dimension.

​10. ​​​​​​​​​​Color your lips and tongue. These features are most often depicted in shades of red and pink.

Would you like to learn how to draw other body parts to complete this face? Check out our easy drawing guides for eyes, crying eyes, noses, ears, braids, curly hair, kid’s hair, anime hair, and dreadlocks.

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