You can NOT use these images to illustrate any other concept other than drawing facial expressions (for example, you cannot use the images to illustrate emotions for a psychology topic, because this post is not about psychology – it’s about drawing).
Note that when you move the shape and position of one feature, it affects everything else. Nothing stands completely on its own.
If you have any doubts or questions about these guidelines, please contact me before using any part of this post or the corresponding PDF.
The Cheeks – The way they squash and stretch will affect the look and position of the eyes.
Have a mirror nearby. When I’m trying to nail down an expression, I often find my own face making weird movements unconsciously. It can make for good reference.
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The Eyes – Probably the most important feature for evoking a clear emotion. Utilize the eyelids and eyebrows to create your effect.
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For a stronger drawing and character, really push the expression. Instead of simply drawing a happy person, draw one that is ecstatic; instead of drawing an angry person, draw a furious one.
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Here’s a guide to drawing a variety of different emotions, moods, and characters.
The Mouth – The shape of the mouth is also very important. It affects how the cheeks move and the shape of the entire face.
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