Hey folks – we’re back with another set of tutorials at idrawdigital. This week we’re going to show off a number of lessons and instructions on how to develop facial expressions. Check out the links below for some great insights on giving your characters some personality – through the use of facial expressions!
Dani Jones, illustrator extraordinaire and author of the website DaniDraws.com, shares this handy chart and some instructions on how to create 50 different facial expressions.
If you’re into anthro style comics, check out this brief primer by Kelly over at DrawFurry. There are some explanations on key features that can give your faces some intensity.
Tracy J. Butler has an amazing overview on the importance of facial expressions in comics. Read this thorough guide and you’ll understand that you need more than just a few simple lines to give your characters the personality they deserve.
idrawdigital also has a tutorial post on creating six different facial expressions and the mechanics behind it. You can check out that post here.
For more information on the base types of facial expressions and how they are mixed to form more complex emotions, check out Scott McCloud’s book – Drawing Comics. There is a handy chart inside that details all of these expressions and their derivatives. It’s a pretty fascinating read!