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Learning to draw by mouth

learn to draw - vespa in progress

Have you ever wanted to learn how to draw, or maybe even how to draw by mouth?  See these tips on how to learn to draw, from one who knows how, and draws entirely by mouth!

Most of this info applies whether you are drawing by mouth, or using your hand (or foot) if you have these.

How to draw by mouth – Jesse’s drawing tutorial.

  • Firstly, get a pencil from somewhere!
  • Then some paper. Preferably a blank piece, or if not, turn it over 🙂

Now seriously, this is where it gets techo;

Location Points

A good drawing is in the middle of the page, not in one corner, so if need be, make a few location points (small marks on the page),  these will help the drawing to end up central on the paper.


Drawing the Outline

Learn to draw - Escort in progress

Do the outline first, if it has a prominent outline. (but I don’t always do this)

location points come in handy. More marks for a start makes for an easier sketch. As you do the out-lined parts, you must remember to keep them in proportion, which is where the location points come in handy.

Adding the detail

Next, try to do all the definite lines and darkest points, but not too hard, as sometimes, (and quite often) you may need to rub them out!

Now, if things are starting to look a bit pear-shaped, don’t give up, as this is about ‘learning how to draw’, NOT being a pro first up! 🙂

Keep your eye regularly on the object you’re drawing, so you’re not making it up. If it’s not on the photo you’re looking at, don’t draw it.  Sounds like common sense right? Yep, it is.

As you get a good way on, stand back occasionally and see how it’s looking.  At this point, it’s quite rewarding, as it’s actually looking quite good!!

Finished drawing


Shading the drawing

Next comes the shading. If you’re sketching a photo or print, black and white is the best, as colour pictures for beginners is harder.

Shade your drawing as you see it, if it’s dark, do it dark, if it’s light, do it light. The shading will make or break the result.

If you would like to use different pencils, feel free. (I only ever use one)

When you’re finished, hopefully you’re happy with it, and get going on another one…

If it’s not perfect, great!  It’s not meant to be, it’s an original by you!

Finished drawing - the Ford Escort

A few tips for those attempting to draw by mouth;

  • Don’t eat at the same time.
  • Try not to yell, or even talk too much.
  • Dribbling is easy to do, so try not to. (this happens to me a bit) Have a tissue or something ready)
  • Keep level headed; if possible!
  •  Go for it.

82 thoughts on “Learning to draw by mouth

  1. jesse,
    your drawings are brilliant, i like the camper and beetle one’s best.
    keep it up 🙂

  2. Great drawings jesse
    i cant even do that with my hands!
    like the tips!

  3. Keep going Jesse, you’re a great overcomer!

  4. Hello
    I am Brett from Tauranga and I can remember going out to a meal
    with you in Cambridge (NZ). I am amazed with your drawings hope you have fun.

  5. keep it up Jesse!
    i like the one of the campervan best!

  6. wish i could draw like that with my own two hands! i love the tips,
    Keep it up

  7. Jesse

    your drawings are so cool especially your car and face drawings
    I am 11 years old and can’t even draw half as good as you even though I use my hands)=.

    Darby Williams

  8. I like drawing too, but I can’t do drawings like yours, even with my hands. Do you do drawings with colour?

  9. Jesse i love your drawings soooo much….
    keep it up!!!!
    i am about your age and i cannot draw as well as you can……


  10. your calendars r soo cool

  11. love your drawings and keep up the hard work. Love the London bus its awesome .

  12. Jesse
    all of your drawings are great epically the truck.

  13. Nice drawings! I am just one year younger than you and I can’t draw half as good as you!Hopefully your tips will help me draw better!

  14. Cool drawings! I like the one of the red -tailed hawk best!

  15. your drawings are incredible Jesse, I’m always looking at this website, it’s inspirational!

  16. hi

    i am alright at drawing but cannot draw by mouth love the drawings got a calendar in me room could send you a drawing by me


  17. Wow they are incredible!!!!

  18. wow Jessie you are amazing .Love your drawings.I tried to draw by mouth and it is harder then expected.I can’t even do a straight line!!!I was looking at your drawings in a calendar and they are amazing. how can you even draw with your mouth?I think it is impossible to most people except you.Can’t wait to see your next drawings!!!

  19. amazing drawings
    cant w8 4 2017 pics

  20. Hey Jesse,

    I am nine. I tried to draw with my mouth (it did not work it looked like a big scribble.) I can’t draw near as well as you with my hands too! I love your pictures, mugs, calendars, gift cards, and horse T-shirts! I will try to buy something soon!

    Keep up the good work Jesse!!!!

    Isla Kennedy

  21. hello Jesse
    I love your 2017 drawings on the calendar especially the Spitfire. Why not draw a tank?

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