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Happy, Angry, Awed: Drawing Faces for Webcomics

Shen !, Cartoonist, Owl Turd Comix

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7 Videos (15m)
    • Introduction

    • Assignment: Create a 3 panel comic with a facial expression as the punchline

    • Basic Principles of Drawing Expressions

    • Expressions Grid

    • Expressions in Context

    • The Comic

    • Final Thoughts


About This Class

Illustrating facial expressions in comic art is an essential skill and the best way to drive home your punchline. In this 40-minute class, Owl Turd cartoonist Shen shows you how to translate the range of human expressions into cartoon drawings.

Follow along as Shen demonstrates happy, sad, angry, tired, and infatuated in some of his own characters, using his favorite exercises and drawing processes. He starts with the basics of each expression, explains how to demonstrate each one through drawing, and breaks down how to merge each expression with your comic to create full-on characters in your work.

Plus, he shares additional insights on understanding context for your comics, changing the magnitude of expression between frames, and wrapping up a cohesive narrative with these expressions. Happy drawing!

149 of 153 students recommendSee All

Great class and the teacher is HILARIOUS!!
Super helpful!
Shen's pretty cool





Shen !

Cartoonist, Owl Turd Comix

Hi, I'm Shenanigansen, the author of Owl Turd Comix. I love gaming, technology overall, cats & other cute stuff, bike paths & trails, and eating ice like some kind of a dingus. I have no formal education in art, but have been making comics for a while now. Sometimes create comics for CollegeHumor and LINE Webtoon,and you can also find my work on the Daily Dot. My tools are:

Photoshop CS6 Wacom Intuos5 tablet

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