Emoji Me - the Art of Drawing Facial Expression Premium class

Nina Rycroft, Picture Book Illustrator

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9 Videos (23m)
    • Introduction

    • Joy

    • Sadness

    • Surprise

    • Anger

    • Disgust

    • Fear

    • To Finish

    • Bonus project sample


About This Class

Packed full of information teaching on how to ‘read’ and then 'draw' facial expressions.

Understanding facial expression is crucial when it comes to illustrating characters for a story. This class is packed full of information that will help you learn how to ‘read’ facial expressions and then transfer them onto a character that you’ll be drawing.

Explore the six basic emotions – joy, sadness, surprise, anger, disgust and fear. Branching out from these, discover a wider spectrum of emotional possibilities and see how even subtle tweaks to the eyes, eyebrows, nose and mouth can transform your character’s mood. 

This class is ideal for budding artists, illustrators, animators and anyone interested in character development.


21 of 21 students recommendSee All

Loved this class, fun to use your own selfie as a guide! Thanks heaps! :)
I love your style! you are so good drawing and with a lot of confidence, I hope one day feel like you. I have problems to draw characters in different movements and faces with expresions when they are not in front or side...3/4 Hope one day you make a class about this
Colo Alonso

Industrial Designer + Wife + Mother

Really helpful. Clear, easy to follow. The only thing that would be better would pdf or jpeg files of her drawings shown in the videos. (wishlist)





Nina Rycroft

Picture Book Illustrator

Hi! I'm Nina Rycroft, a picture book illustrator. I studied and then worked as a graphic designer in Sydney and London before turning my hand to illustration. Since my first publication in 2000, I've had more than a dozen picture books published worldwide. My character-based illustration classes share everything that I’ve learnt about picture book illustration over the years.

Check out all of my classes to learn the tricks of the trade.

Follow me on Instagram for daily illustration inspiration.