okay so gru has some FANTASTIC expressions and I just watched despicable me 2 on blu-ray and I have the DVD so iM
gonna make it a project to pick out like
at least ten of my favorite faces
and have ghost do the same faces
yes GOOD EXERCISE I think
its funny cuz you can tell RIGHT where i gave up
this is ariel i guess
Heyyyy so I'm trying to practice making more expressive expressions and I love the style and way yours look so I was wondering, do you have any tips?
oh GOSH THANK
practice drawing the face from all kids of angles!! top, bottom, side, back, in between those and stuff I guess?? You want a good three-dimensional feel for the face, know what it looks like from all the angles.
If you have a smart phone, get the Handy app! It’s got a 3D head you can spin around to view the face. It’s super helpful!
Emotion isn’t only displayed using the face, either. Gestures and poses are very important! Study flow! Realize what someone closed in one themselves displays in comparison to someone bursting with confidence.
Expressions on their own, though? One thing I practice is asymmetry. Try not to have one side identical to the other. Skew the mouth, make one eye wider than the other, raise one eyebrow a little higher, that kind of stuff! It gives a very natural feel to the expression. Symmetrical expressions feel stiff and robotic, and won’t have much energy to them.
Study expressions! Look up Scott McCloud’s 6 Main expressions, and how he’ll lend those six together to show another, more specific expression, or amplify the six main expressions. It’s one of the most helpful things I’ve ever used. EVER.
Look in my reference tag; there’s two references off the top of my head that are very helpful that I can remember. One is from the animators of Spongebob, showing how to exaggerate expressions and poses. One is from Disney, showing how to vary your drawings and avoid asymmetry.
This is all I can think of right now, I’m kinda too tired to draw aids, but I hope this has been helpful for you!
OK to make a font out of your own writing