Anonymous asked: first off I want to say I love your art!! it's amazing! and secondl, how do you draw emotions? I'm stuck with just straight faces as they don't look 'real' enough:( thank you and kisses for everyone xxxxx
Thank you so much for the compliment!
If you’re stuck with straight faces, it sounds like you’re not pushing the emotion far enough. When I’m stuck, I draw emoticons. Although I’m sure years from now I will cringe at the degree to which I use them in my day-to-day speech online (the ‘u w u’ will one day become as abhorrent as ‘XDDDD’), they’re actually pretty useful in conceptualising and exaggerating emotions. Here’s an example I drew for you:
If you’re anything like me, your characters will look like shite when you first start out. Expressive! (But shite.) Familiarising yourself with how your OWN face works helps a ton. I always make faces at myself in the mirror (mostly because I think I’m highly entertaining, if only to an audience of one) and I would recommend you follow suit if you’re not already doing so. Do it when you’re brushing your teeth, putting on makeup, whatever. Note which parts of your face wrinkle, stretch, thin, fill-out, et cetera. Your eyeballs will remember and then after you keep drawing and drawing and drawing, it’ll become second nature and you won’t have to dash to the mirror like a ninny to make a >8CCC face.
One quick question to ask yourself: are you drawing your faces straight-on? As if someone was looking at them face-to-face on level ground? I’d change up the angles—BOTH the ‘camera’ angle AND the angle of the face. This can help bring a bit more nuance to the emotion. Does your character lift their head up in scornful rage? Or do they dip their chin low towards their collarbone in churlish resentment? Little things like that make a world of a difference.