Drawing a wide range of facial expressions is a great skill for character design! In this drawing tutorial, prompts for different facial expressions are provided: confused, furious, disgusted, heartbroken, and flirty. This video explores different ways of achieving a expression with Procreate. Demo led by Teaching Artists Deepti Menon and Jordan McCracken-Foster.
- Using word prompts to get ideas for facial expressions.
- Words: confused, furious, disgusted, heartbroken, flirty.
- Creating facial expressions for characters created in advance.
- Make facial expressions into a mirror while you’re drawing characters as a reference.
- Act out your characters’ emotions.
- Using references will broaden your options for facial expressions.
- How to draw a character expression sheet for a character design.
- Balancing planning and spontaneity in the creative process.
- Tropes in movies and TV shows.
- Looking at facial expressions in comedians and actors for ideas.
- You have to be willing to be silly when drawing characters.
- Jordan’s teacher made silly noises while drawing for inspiration.
- How Deepti developed her style.
- Style develops over many years.
- Have another artist’s work available for reference.
- Connecting specific facial features and their movements to emotions.
- Designing a character who looks like you because of lack of representation in animation.
- Addressing diversity in animated shows and characters.
- Being aware of when you’re using a cliche in your art, it can work!
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