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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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Little-Pinkey Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much!
I love how detailed you've made this!
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imaqtpuddin Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! :)
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YunMoe Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
Nice tips
and funny :v
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ann47 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014   General Artist
nice tutorial:)
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gebol027 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
nice 
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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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Seibri--Rataku Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
thanks a lot man this is really gonna help me out with my comic! If you have time you can read it [link] enjoy!
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EngelicArts Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Lol rapeFaceFTW!
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tekitomadachi Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This really helps! Thanks for making the tutorial!
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seattlefangirl Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
This helped me SO much while I was working on an expression meme for one of my characters. Thanks so much!
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theanimegirlaka Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
lol i love the evil look XD
i know im werd
great job!
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VijayTrivedi Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
real use full for beaganer
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Crystalkit1 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Please, never stop with the notes on your tutorials and the random things :XD: Like the 'rapeface' comment, and I swear on one of them I saw a bald guy with a bow. It just cracks me up and makes life more enjoyable, plus they really help :meow: Thanks for posting :D
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firelilyofthephoenix Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
this is very helpful
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wolface-love Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
okay so im writing this comment becuse u are a very populare artist an often when u comment to them they dont read the comment ( im not saying that u dont read ur comments, but sice ur a really tallented artist i would understand it cuz there are so many) but so when the comment is long i have experieced i normally get a respons :P

but the thingy was that it would help a really lot if u could help with the back head, and red lines, cuz when at least i draw the back head it gets wrong wiht the head -.- and that bothers me .... so i was just wondering if u could help with that :D ;) (and more cloth tips would be awsome ;) )

btw UR AWSOME !!!!!!!!!

thank u
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ChocoUsa Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist
Thanks! another tutorial thats probably gonna help forever ^^;
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FallInWings Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
lovely work <3 really fun to look at <3
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Allumai-Burns Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist
Thanks for all these tips, they really help a lot^^
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MoonWalker24 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:+fave:
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pengwens Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
I need help with expressions, thanks!
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Cloverdeer Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Student General Artist
bwahaha!!~ xD xD these are fun to draw~ :3 nice job on the tips!~ :D
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shiroi-youkai Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really helpfull thanks! :onfire:
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stoopidpeach Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you! This is very helpful. :D
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Memzuna Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
I love your lessons :love:!!
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Minirowan Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
this is really helpful!
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TheMusic123 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Student General Artist
this is so going to help me!!!
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Cosmic-Void Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the rape face:iconraepfaceplz:
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sinfulblackrose Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the tips/help! ;D
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celesticwolf Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
thank you so much for making these it is so helpful. but i was wondering if you could do a complete drawing tip of a make and a female with all the steps on how to draw them.
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yuri142 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
This is so good I can't just watch, I need to practice now,
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Temari1302 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Did you take an anatomy class or something? lol
I haven't and I'm actually kinda decent at drawing something right! haha
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angelicpoet09 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
thanks so much! i always have trouble drawing gus faces this is a big help!
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angelicpoet09 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
i meant to say *guys*
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PhoenixFrost17 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
Couldn't have asked for a better teacher : ); your work is much appreciated.
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smileyboy04 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
Wow girl you have got some skills.
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Dragon75394 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Hobbyist
This sure will come in handy! THANKS
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GeassDog Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
Oh my, what awsome art!
Ill make sure to watch you X3
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ColdNinja-Zero Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
you have no idea how much i needed something like this ... i suck at differnt exspressions
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Musou-Enrai Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist
Nifty!
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Blue-Scarlet-Rose Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
I love the way you draw it's so awesome!!!!
This is really helpful too!!!!!
-smiles and gives high five-
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MaximumHavok Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
Your tips are so helpful! Finally decided to let you know :P I'm sure you hear this from everyone, but thanks so much for drawing these.
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