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Drawing expression tips by moni158 Drawing expression tips by moni158
Giving a character the expression you want can be a tad difficult at times T.T

Few tips?

Expressions are made up from a combination of the mouth eyes, and brows. Downward pointing brown and angry eyes combined with a smile will make some one look evil/sinister, while the same combination except with an open mouth can show a sort of angered surprise? It all comes down to mixing the right combos to make the right expressions.

Eyes
The eyes are an incredibly expressive feature. This varies from how wide open the eye is ( surprise or anger), to a narrowed eye ( anger ). The skin under the eye lifts up and makes the bottom of the eye appear almost flat when smiling. Remember different muscles will effect the eye according to what emotion you want to portray, I suggest getting a mirror and having a look at your own eye.

Brow
This can be used to easily express surprise, confusion, happiness and sadness. Upward sloping = sadness, surprise downward sloping = anger, surprise, concentration. Horizontal lifted eyebrows = indifference, unimpressed. one sloped up and one sloped down = puzzlement, annoyance.

Mouth
The mouth is pretty straight forward when showing expression, though a smiling mouth will have different meaning when combined with other different facial expressions.

Just experiment and look and see how other people do draw expressions, also looking at real life helps.
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LoveArt513 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is cool it really helps me, especially since I'm a beginner!
:D (Big Grin) 
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Albaine Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
I have a bit of an unusual question, and I'm wondering if you could give a little advise.
I have a literary character who doesn't have eyelids. And this is fine, except when it comes to drawing him.
The position of the eyelids is a huge factor in facial expressions--so I'm not really sure how to go about portraying his emotions in sketches. And tips?
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scylla451 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Student Writer
So helpful! Thank you so much. :)
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Turtlecollector Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
TuT eh heh, your tutorial and explanations are so helpful... I hope I can manage putting expressions together now.
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MarionetteBiri Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013   Digital Artist
THAT RAPE FACE LOLOLLL
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shadow-paint Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
very clearly shows emotion, a great lesson, thank you! :la:
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Awakened5 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thanks for the tips.
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frillyfins Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks for the tips!
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Bakakeun Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Thank you for these tips !
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TarziFed Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you for the tips ^_^
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