Anonymous said: Hello! :) How do you get your art to convey so much emotion and warmth? I've always admired your talent to draw such expressive people (especially their faces) and wondered if there are some tricks to stray away from emotionless doodles? Quite an odd question but I hope you'll answer because.. well, you're amazing! ♥
Not an odd question at all! Expression is something I used to really struggle with personally, and I work pretty hard on it, so thank you!!
Okay (I’m using my character bri because she’s my guinea pig) these are super rough but just as an idea. The sketches on the left are obviously my crappy wooden, lifeless ones filled with the mistakes I used to make. Faces move and contort with expression, keep that in mind and draw them accordingly; with a smile, cheeks rise, noses scrunch, chins become more pointed, etc. It is not just the eyes and mouth that change with expression; the head shape changes as well, and you need to keep that in mind when you begin to draw. Eyebrows, lines around the mouth and nose, eyebags; these features are all really expressive and they should not be ignored! Body language is really important too, I’m talking about expression here for the most part, but shoulders are REALLY emotive, so use them.
Basically I think the major issue with drawing expressively when you’re trying to draw in a stylised manner is a lack of knowledge. The problem with the way most people learn to draw is that they start with cartoons, which means they never learn technical skills like observation. Stylised drawing is actually much harder than observational drawing, because stylised drawing is reductive; you learn all the technical aspects of expression and anatomy, then you pick and choose what you want to include to create the most effective image. Learn the rules, then bend them.
Essentially, if you want to learn how to draw expressively, I recommend, as I do whenever anyone asks me how to improve their work; life drawing classes! I really cannot speak more highly of them; DRAW NAKED PEOPLE, YOU WILL IMPROVE IMMENSELY I PROMISE.
TODAY IN BIOLOGY CLASS WE LEARNED THAT WHEN YOU MOW THE GRASS THE BLADES RELEASE A CHEMICAL THAT MAKES THAT GLORIOUS SMELL BUT THE REASON WHY THEY RELEASE THE CHEMICAL IS TO WARN OTHER GRASS BLADES OF DANGER SO WHEN WE SMELL THE FRESHLY CUT GRASS SMELL IT’S NOT JUST A GOOD SMELL IT’S THE SMELL OF THE BLOOD AND SCREAMS FOR HELP OF THOUSANDS OF GRASS BLADES
wat is the grass supposed to do about it
oh yes grass run for your lives
no but bi harry deliberately fucking with ron like they’re at christmas dinner or w/e and harry just goes “you know ron i’m in love with your sister and everything but if bill was single…goddamn. i’d go there”
bill winks across the table at harry
Sam Pepper is not getting banned from youtube or twitter soon enough. 1-877-(275-5273) is the non emergency LAPD number. He committed a crime and there is video evidence. Report the street perv.