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Drawing Facial Expressions in Cartoon Style

Tamas Benko

Drawing Facial Expressions in Cartoon Style

Tamas Benko

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8 Lessons (46m)
    • 1. What's in This Class?

    • 2. The Muscles of the Head

    • 3. Preparation

    • 4. How to Draw Happy Faces

    • 5. How to Draw Angry Faces

    • 6. How to Draw Sad Faces

    • 7. Facial Expressions in 3D

    • 8. What's Next?

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About This Class

In this How to Draw Facial Expressions class you can learn and practice drawing human emotions and feelings on the face in cartoony style.

No previous drawing knowledge is necessary.
This drawing class is for Beginners.

Minimum tool requirements:

  • a pencil
  • an eraser
  • some copy papers

Or you can use any digital drawing tools if you have. I'll be using the popular Procreate app on the iPad with the Apple Pencil. A drawing tablet with Photoshop is also a good option.

Class content

  • First, we will take a 2-minute very basic anatomy lesson to see the muscles behind the skin

  • Then we’ll be drawing faces in a simplified, 2D cartoony style discovering some of the most frequently shown emotions such as happiness, anger, and sadness

  • In the next section we will turn our facial expressions into 3D

Drawing expressive human faces is fun.

Now if you'd like to develop your drawing skills, take your pencil and paper and start watching my lessons!

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Tamas Benko


Hi, I'm Tamas.

I love to teach new skills to students.

My classes focus on basic drawing skills including lots of drawing & sketching exercises. If you're a beginner at drawing, you can learn how to draw & sketch. You can also learn portrait drawing including all facial features (the eyes, the nose, the lips, the ears). There is a dedicated class for one of the most important drawing skills called shading. For these classes you just need a simple graphite pencil to start with.

I also like to use the Procreate 5X app on the iPad with the Apple Pencil for digital art. I have an extensive class on how to use Procreate for digital illustration (drawing & painting).

Beyond art, I also love numbers. Thanks to my original profession I have 20+ years experi... See full profile

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1. What's in This Class?: In this class, you will learn how to draw different facial expressions. Reflecting human emotions and feelings in your drawings is a great fun. It also develops your ability to observe objects as well as your drawing skills. No previous drawing knowledge is necessary for this class. Welcome, my name is Thomas. I love to draw human faces. In this 40 minute class, I'm going to show you how to illustrate motions on the face. First, he will take a two-minute very basic anatomic lesson to see the masters behind the scheme. These are the driving forces for facial expressions. Then we'll be drawing faces in a simplified 2D cartoony style. Will be analyzing what is happening on the face. Will be discovering some of the most frequently shown emotions, such as happiness, anger, and sadness. In the next section, we will turn our facial expressions into 3D. You will see that your drawings don't have to be super realistic. You can draw faces with a few simple lines and curves. Still, they can convey real emotions. I hope you are excited to. Now take your pen or pencil and let's draw facial expressions together. See you in the next video. 2. The Muscles of the Head: Expression is basically a distortion of the relaxed forms of the face. Such distortion comes from the movement in the muscles below the skin. These movements cause consequent change on the face. So let's look into a little bit of anatomy of the head. We are discovering the muscles. These muscles move the Joe, don't forget that the bone of the CHO is connect to discard close to the earth so the Joe can only move around that point. Thats why when these muscles are in move lower teeth, the lower lip and the chin are moving downwards and backwards at the same time on a circle path. These muscles control the smile. And this one can pull the mouth up. These muscles can pull the sides of the nose. These muscles move the islets. These muscles are responsible for the eyebrows, which play an important role in facial expressions. These muscles around the neck control the position of the head. These dance muscles connected to the back of the skull, or the heading straight radical position. If you know this mechanism below the skin, you'll be able to draw much better expressions. 3. Preparation: Alright, first of all, I'll be drawing a cartoony style, neutral face. Then I will copy this and modify some of its properties. The shape of the eyes, the position of the eyebrows, and the math. The nose plays very little role in expressions. And the years don't change at all or moves or slightly, you can ignore them. By the way, I'm using the procreate app on the iPad, which is one of the best tools for digital illustrations. I have an extensive class uploaded if you are interested in this great software. But you can also follow along with simple, traditional tools like drawing with a pencil on a paper. I'm using a thin band. Draw anything fancy, just the main features on the head. How I take down the opacity on the scattering layer and create a new one. I redraw the lines that I want to keep it. In the meantime, I'm turned off sketching layer because I don't need it anymore. I create a new layer below and read an adverse type of brush face worldwide. I can do this because my background color is set to a light grey. And let me paint the hair with this dark gray tone. Now I merge these two layers into one windy spin gesture. Alright, so we have neutral face. I create a duplicate of this layer. And I delete these features. I duplicate this one too. So I will have a base for the different phases. 4. How to Draw Happy Faces: Let's discover the feeling, happiness. There are several ways to show that someone is happy. Also, there are different degrees of happiness. On this face. I leave the upper part of the phase neutral. I'm simply adding a slight curve to the math. I'm duplicating this layer to go from there. On the second one. I exaggerated this also gives a little bit. On the next one. I'm lifting the eyebrows and going back to a normal kind of a big smile. On this one, I open the mouth, slightly open. We have pushing the mouth. Notice that the chin doesn't go downwards. It's a typical mistake that people simply just draw the chin lower, as we discussed at the muscles, the chain moves downwards and backwards. So the ran on foreshortening takes place in this case. I'm also trying to reflect this at the sides. And let's change the form of the iss two. And gesture experts say that a smile is genuine smile as well. So let's add some wrinkles to decide. Now let's experiment with the different and changed Luke upwards. And finally, let's close the eyes. Let's summarize the changes on the phase, a, mocking the movements we dread arrows. In the next lesson, we are going to discover the feeling, anger. 5. How to Draw Angry Faces: Next, we are going to draw different angry faces. The main thing is that the eyebrows are taking this tilted position. Although the eyes are getting smaller and moving downwards and towards the center. This works only with cartoon characters. As we know that in reality the size of the iris is fixed in the eye. The point here is that the white part of the eye is getting bigger, which will support the angry look. The sides of the nose. I'm moving upwards. And the loops are taking a slide curve facing downwards. Kou mouth this way, which gives the character on approving look. Now on the next one, that's intensify the anger on the mouth. By opening the mouth is getting furious. Now let's close the mild steel open. And let's close the eyes too. This person is going really crazy. Let's sum up. Actually, you can make this one more dramatic by exaggerating the eyebrows like this. In the next lesson, we are going to discover the feeling sadness. 6. How to Draw Sad Faces: The most important feature is that the eyebrows are falling down on the sides. Just like them off. Let's drop the eyebrows even more downwards and exaggerated the sadness and the mouth. Let's change the direction of this guy, regret something. The sadness with closed eyes can also increase the iris and show those reflections on the i. Small changes can greatly support bed mode. Opening the mouth character into a desperate Luke. Now let's sum up the changes on the features. Feel free to experiment with different expressions. I liked make screenshots from movies. Great actors and actresses can produce really convincing facial expressions. First, try to watch the main features on a face that creates certain mood and draw them simply in cartoon style. Keeping expressions simple is good practice. Alright, in the next lesson, we are going to turn our facial expressions into 3D. 7. Facial Expressions in 3D: Let's turn on expressions into 3D. That is a great technique which has the learning curve a lot. We're going to draw masks. To achieve this, we take a piece of paper. Let's draw this papering perspective laying on the table. This paper to roll a bit. The side facing, the light source is brighter. Side facing downwards is Docker. Let's turn this roll paper and we've got the mask which we've drawn. Let's turn our mask into an upright position. Let's mark the center line of the face. This is an important step at the beginning. And let's draw a simple face. Let's draw another one. Let's create some. At this character, you want to show more spots on the upper islet. This creates the feeling that the eyes are almost closed. Open mouse shows that the guy That's created a more realistic joy and the contour of the face. Swami erasing the unnecessary bought from the mask. Now let's try another viewing angle. We get an expressive. That's true. Don't forget, we are drawing on a curved surface. So the features on the two sides of the center line do different. Feel free to use photos as reference. When you practice like this. It will help you to find the right curves on the face. Drawing faces like these in perspective is not an easy task. So don't be too hard on yourself. Practice will make perfect. Persistence is key here. Looking at the sky. Let's fix that. I hope you enjoy. 8. What's Next?: Congratulations to you for completing this class. I hope you enjoyed it. I'd really like to see what you have learned. I'd like to ask you to choose an emotion. You'd like to draw. Find a photo with the face that reflects that emotion. Observed the facial features and their positions on the face. Make a 2D cartoon is tied drawing and tried to draw this emotion in 3D as well. Take a photo of your drawing and upload it as a jpeg file to your project section. I can't wait to see your drawing. Now what's next? If you'd like to learn more about head drawing, click my name at the top of this video and check my other classes too. And press the button if you'd like to get notified about my future uploads. Finally, I'd like to ask you to give feedback on this class. If you manage to develop your drawing skills and had a good time, I'd appreciate if you'll let me know. Thank you. I wish you the best. Goodbye.