Here is the long awaited expression tutorial.This tutorial is
very similar to the tutorial available in the "How to draw
Manga" book...since it's so hard to find I thought I'd
convert the lesson using my own art and post it up here for
you. Click on the face to the left to download a blank template
you can use to follow along.
What follows below is a guide...My methods vary a little but
I want to put across a generic average for you to build your
own styles on.
Mad: The eyebrows come down. the pupils shrink and you get a
little x on your forehead. Fanged teeth help convey the emotion.
mad: Pupils back to normal size but the eye brows are still
down. No popping veins or fanged teeth.
Mouth goes up in an upside down lopsided "u". Eyebrows
are still down but not as far.
sad: WaaAAAAAHHH! Eyes squeezed shut. Mouth wide open..tears
of shame and grief streak the face. Eyebrows up.
Eyebrows up, mouth not as wide open..eyes have more sparkles in
them to convey "wet". Tears still visible in corners of
Eyebrows up...eyes all a-sparkle with tears. Mouth in upside down
Eyes shut from smiling. Rays of blushy joy on cheek. Mouth in sideways
"D" mode. Eyebrows up.
Eyebrows up. A thin line goes follows the upper curve of the eye
to convey a relaxed state. The lower eyelid covers the bottom of
the pupil to mak it "squinty happy". Mouth is a sideways
"D" but a bit smaller.
Same as gleeful but the eyes are a bit wider open. Mouth is
a small bow curve.
My personal favorite.. one eyebrow down, one up. Mouth is an upside
down "V". Eye's usually looking up and to the side.
Eyebrows UP..eyes wide but pupils small. Mouth in a lopsided"O".
or disgusted: Features are drawn in a minimalist way to convey
humor. Mouth is a squiggle low on the face. eyelids and eyebrows
are a flat line. maybe add a sweat drop.