Digital Basics TRACK: Lesson 2, Character Facial Expressions


Choose one of your character designs from the ongoing assignment. Draw 5 contrasting facial expressions for that character using only line and flat colors.


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Facial expressions

confused, furious, disgusted, heartbroken, flirty, lethargic, anxious, jealous, nervous, disappointed, proud, perky, feisty, apathetic


Look into a mirror as you draw, try out different facial expressions in the mirror to get ideas for how to draw your character’s face.

Consider what color scheme would be a good fit for the facial expression you are drawing.

Character Design, Facial Expressions


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Character Design: Facial Expressions

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.

Color Palettes for Characters

This video demonstrates how to create several different color palettes for one character design, exploring how color can be used to establish a specific mood or personality in a character and how to group colors to work effectively with each other.

Demo led by Teaching Artists Cat Huang and Jordan McCracken-Foster

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