50 Facial Expressions and How to Draw Them


 

Here’s a guide to drawing a variety of different emotions, moods, and characters.




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Tips for Drawing Facial Expressions

The Most Important Features

  1. The Eyes – Probably the most important feature for evoking a clear emotion. Utilize the eyelids and eyebrows to create your effect.

  2. The Cheeks – The way they squash and stretch will affect the look and position of the eyes.

  3. The Mouth – The shape of the mouth is also very important. It affects how the cheeks move and the shape of the entire face.

Additional Tips

  • Note that when you move the shape and position of one feature, it affects everything else. Nothing stands completely on its own.

  • For a stronger drawing and character, really push the expression. Instead of simply drawing a happy person, draw one that is ecstatic; instead of drawing an angry person, draw a furious one.

  • Have a mirror nearby. When I’m trying to nail down an expression, I often find my own face making weird movements unconsciously. It can make for good reference.

Facial Expressions Chart

 

Happy

 

 

Ecstatic

 

 

Content

 

 

Sad

 

 

Depressed

 

 

Embarrassed

 

 

Nervous

 

 

Angry

 

 

Furious

 

 

Devious

 

 

Bored

 

 

Annoyed

 

 

Surprised

 

 

Tired

 

 

Exhausted

 

 

Disgusted

 

 

Something Stinks

 

 

Are You Kidding Me?

 

 

Hyper

 

 

Grumpy

 

 

Proud

 

 

Cute

 

 

Snob

 

 

Brat

 

 

Evil

 

 

Sneeze

 

 

Sour

 

 

Talking

 

 

Shouting

 

 

Laughing

 

 

Excited

 

 

Twitterpated

 

 

Smile!

 

 

Fake Smile

 

 

Wink

 

 

Asleep

 

 

Shut Tight

 

 

Kiss

 

 

Scared

 

 

Terrified

 

 

Studly

 

 

Tough

 

 

Intimidating

 

 

Stoic

 

 

Intense

 

 

Goofy

 

 

Serious

 

 

Thinking

 

 

Supermodel

 

 

Confused

 


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