LACKADAISY artist Tracy J. Butler delivers some notes on cartooning and facial expressions. Her
His examples are anthropomorphic, but can be applied to all “cartoony” ‘tooning styles.
Boy, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I started this. I’ve had requests for some sort of expressions tutorial dating back a while now, so I figured, “Sure! I can explain expression drawing…and it’ll be way better than all those tutorials out there that are nothing but charts of generic expressions. Yeah! Just give me a day or two to whip something up…” Um. Sometime a lot more than two days later, I have this messy behemoth and the realization that I haven’t a clue how to teach expression drawing. There’s just so much material to cover, and so much of it is like intuitive language translation, I can’t figure how to put it into tutorial form any more than I could draw a picture of how to speak Russian. I guess that’s why expression tutorials are always just charts of what happy, sad and confused look like.
UPDATE: Should this actually be called the “Dreamworks Brow?” Also, Butler is a she. Apologies!