This week we are learning how to draw a variety of facial expressions. Expressions are a result of the emotions a person might be feeling. Watch the tutorial to learn all about how the facial features are manipulated to communicate emotion. Today we are drawing happy faces! Learn more below and check out the Table of Expressions to see all the emotions and how they can be depicted at a glance.
What really separate regular characters from unique ones are their facial expressions. You must learn to draw facial expressions if you want to develop your characters and make the reader get invested. Aside from character development, drawing facial expressions allows the readers to understand what is going on in the particular scene. It also lets people know the reactions the characters are making as well as the emotions that they are feeling. Aside from wards, you can draw facial expressions to show what the characters are thinking.
As a general rule, try to make the character over-act, to really convey the emotion in your drawing. Look in the mirror and exaggerate your facial features. Try to put feeling into the drawing. Then act out the expression, using a mirror or photo reference to capture the emotion. Always try to get that perfect snapshot moment, and make it look as dynamic as possible.
This is because faces showing different emotions hardly look the same. No one said drawing would be easy! Below, veteran instructor Jon deMartin shares how the face changes when it takes on six of the most universally recognized emotions: happiness, sadness, fear, surprise, anger and disgust. Neutral Expression , by Jon deMartin, , red and white chalk on toned paper, 14 x The facial muscles can produce an almost infinite number of expressions as they contract or relax.