Emotions and Expressions (Draw Better Faces)
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Emotions and Expressions (Draw Better Faces)

Learn to draw accurate faces by understanding the emotions behind them and how to make a character expression sheet
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Created by Michelle Tabares
Last updated 8/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 38 mins on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn what points of tension on the face are and how to identify them
  • Identify the four basic human emotions and learn the facial movements of each one
  • Learn what a facial expression model sheet is
  • Learn to set up and create a facial expression model sheet from scratch
  • Observe and recognize subtle and complex emotional facial expressions
  • Learn the importance of observation to improve your art and facial recognition prowess
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Requirements
  • No prerequistes, use your favorite traditional tools or drawing program
Description

Drawing accurate facial expressions that viewers can relate to can seem tricky, but by understanding the emotions behind each facial expression and how each emotion changes your facial muscles. We'll talk about the four basic human emotions and I'll show you how to look for points of tension on your face so you can get familiar with the specific facial movements of each unique human emotion.

I'll also teach you about facial expression model sheets and walk you through making your own, so you can explore all kinds of facial expressions to get a better understanding of your character's individual emotional range.

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginner level students interested in learning how to draw emotionally resonate and accurate facial expressions
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Curriculum For This Course
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What is a Facial Expression?
1 Lecture 01:49
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Why Does This Matter?
1 Lecture 03:09
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The Four Basic Emotions (and their expressions)
1 Lecture 07:53

There is some debate whether or not there are 4, 5 or 6 basic emotions that all other emotions are based off of. The most recent studies suggest that this number is actually four, so in this section we will discuss these four basic emotions and I will describe in detail what their corresponding facial expressions look like. I will also explain what a 'point of tension' is and how to identify them in relation to each expression.

The Four Basic Emotions (and their expressions)
07:53
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Analyzing The Face
1 Lecture 09:53

Being able to look at a wide range faces and accurately assess a person's emotional state based on their facial movements is absolutely critical when it comes to drawing facial expressions. This section is one of the most vital, since I will teach you the importance of paying special attention to slight and subtle facial movements since not all smiles (or frowns for that matter) convey the same emotions or messages. Learning to be more observant is not only important when it comes to drawing better facial expressions, but also when it comes to making better art in general.

Analyzing The Face
09:53
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Head Positioning
1 Lecture 02:01

Sometimes positioning the head in a particular way can add impact to a facial expression. In this brief video, I'll give examples of how you can use clever head positioning to your advantage to add emphasis to your facial expressions.

Head Positioning
02:01
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Character Expression Sheets
1 Lecture 05:59

Character expression sheets (aka model sheets, character studies, facial expression sheet, character boards, etc.) are explorations of a character's facial movements and emotional range. In this section, we will talk about why character expression sheets are important and how they are utilized in animation, comics and illustration (basically any field that requires drawing the same character over and over). I'll also show you some examples of my personal favorite character sheets.

Preview 05:59
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Setting Up a Character Expression Sheet
1 Lecture 03:58

Now that we know what a character expression sheet is, I'm going to show you how to set up and execute your own. This video features a screen capture video of the making of a character expression, broken down step-by-step. In this video, I'll be using Photoshop but keep in mind that the basic principles that I cover can be applied to any other drawing software of your choice or even using paper, pencil and ink if that is your preference. Feel free to use whatever tools you're most comfortable with - especially if you're just starting out.

Setting Up a Character Expression Sheet
03:58
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Assignment
1 Lecture 02:20
Assignment
02:20
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Closing Thoughts
1 Lecture 01:05

Thank you so much for joining me on this class on facial expressions and understanding the emotions that create them! I hope this class was beneficial for you and please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions - I'm here to help! Good luck and have fun drawing a wide range of faces and emotional expressions!

Closing Thoughts
01:05
About the Instructor
Michelle Tabares
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22 Students
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Illustrator and Cartoonist

Hi, my name is Michelle and I'm an illustrator and cartoonist based in sunny Florida. I hold a BA in Graphic Design and in recent years I've been using my design training and work experience and been applying those skills to visual storytelling and fostering creativity. 

I love working with other creatives and look forward to growing together.