How To Draw Expressions. Part 1

In drawing expressions we started off by getting our drawing book and pencil ready. Once all are ready let’s proceed to drawing.

Pic1. First step – drawing egg shapes.

First draw several egg shapes with similar sizes. These small circles serve as the heads of the drawing. After that divide each egg shapes into four parts by sketching horizontal and vertical lines. Then drew similar eyes and nose using simple shapes like circles for the eyes and small triangles or squashed circle for the noses. At first you may have trouble on doing the egg shapes, in different video tutorials it looks so simple to do but when you do it yourself it may ended up doing shrink egg shapes. It’s kind of funny actually, but as what Lauren B! advice not to put too much pressure on your wrist when you are doing the circles. You should control the pencil instead of the pencil controlling your moves. It is also important to do it quickly than trying to do work on it perfectly.

Pic.2 Second step – eyebrows and mouth.

When all the basics are done you may start on drawing the most popular and I guess the easiest expression, the happy expression. I have learned that the eyebrows and the mouth are the most important feature to put more attention too. In happy expression, the eyebrows form a C-form and same as the mouth. In every expression the eyebrows either a C-form or an S-form. Sad eyebrows can be done by making an L-shape. The shape of the eyebrows does make a lot of difference. Aside from that the eyelids automatically followed what the shape of the eyebrows.

Pic.3 Third step – practice and experiments

As the expression changes like if it is furious the eyebrows and mouth changes also, when you do the furious face with a half-smile on the cheek the cheekbone also rises so you have to make it look like the cheek was squeeze up to the upper lid. You can just put a small curve right below the lower lid to emphasize the mass of cheek. With same eyebrows as the happy expression you can make a worried expression by changing just the mouth.

Drawing different facial expressions is really fun and interesting. Just start it and you will find out that there are simple ways on how to portray expressions with just few strokes. All you need is a bit of practice.

Following instruction is really helpful especially for beginners who love to draw different facial expressions. It is fun and easy. You will learn that you can make different expressions by changing the eyebrows and mouth or changing either the mouth or eyebrows. It is up to you how will you play with your drawing.

Drawing expression could be not easy. You may have dilemmas on how to make the expressions look the way you want it like if it’s angry or shocked and other expressions. However, I hope you will enjoy doing the facial expression warm up. Take your pencil and go ahead!