Facial expressions

Facial expressions

Moving the eye and mouth areas is key to making expressions!

Moving the eye and mouth areas is key to adding expression to a character. The vertical movement of the eye brows that move with the eyes is especially important. In the figures below, the face is separated into nine squares and the movement of the eye and mouth areas is explained.

Standard

In general, both ends of the eyebrows will make up the length of the square block and the length between the lower lip to the eyebrows will make up the width of the block.

Standard

Angry

Draw wrinkles in between the eyebrows and make the eyes and brows slanted upwards. Scrunch up the nose and add wrinkles to the base. The teeth is clenched an the pupils become smaller.

Angry

Sad

The brows are furrowed, shaped like an inverted “V.” The mouth area is drooped, pulled down.

Sad

Separate the eye area and the mouth area into groups and make various kinds of expressions!

On the right, you’ll find the eye area and the mouth area are grouped into separate blocks, and there are various expressions. Even the slightest change in the mouth area greatly changes the nuances of an angry face. Notice that the mouth area more accurately shows emotions compared to the eye area. If you focus the emotions to the mouth area, then you can make a myriad of different expressions for the character.

eyes
Group of different eyes

Group of different mouths
Group of different mouths

Eyes are key to characters! But, if you show the character’s true emotions through the mouth area, then you can create an infinite amount of various expressions.

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