portrait Drawing Tutorial

idiots guide to drawing facial expressions

This tutorial will guide beginners (just kidding about the idiots) through different things to consider when drawing facial expressions. I hope you learn from my tips here.

Tutorial category: portrait  
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Tools used: photoshop elements, or any drawing software (or even with pencil and paper)




Step 1

here we have some boring black and white sketches.
first off, girls n guys have DIFFERENT FACIAL ANATOMY. YES ITS TRUE. WOMEN usually have a smoother look while MEN have a bit of jaw sticking out that squares their faces. Or i'm just weird.

Another important fact is that EYES ARE NOT ALWAYS DIRECTLY CENTERED. Centering usually changes as a baby grows to a child, and as a child grows from adolescence into adulthood.
*rant 1 over*


Step 2

Everybody draws eyes differently.
Hence, theres no 'perfect way' to draw it.
Some basic eye structure is nice though.
I have seen very erm.."unique" eyes while browsing.



Step 3

again, personal preference. On the right is how i like to do it.


Step 4

EARS! ....People like having ears. So they can hear. If the people you draw dont like to hear, dont draw ears.

Or, for a quick finish, just put a load of hair over the section where the ear should've been


Step 5

here are an emo guy and a happy hyper excitable ballerinaprincessveterinariancheerleader girl. *give her some sleeping pills D:*

People who are sad generally look at the ground, mumble, avoid eye contact, and demonstrate other anitsocial behavior.

On the other hand, happy people usually look up, speak fluently/excitedly, and generally up everyone else's mood. GENERALLY.
Oh, and you can also tell a happy person is a huggy/glompy/yelling person.


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