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Tutorial: Expressive Drawings by Morpheus306 Tutorial: Expressive Drawings by Morpheus306
The most important part to drawing any character is to observe what real people do and how they use thier bodies to act out certains emotions. Watching movies, etc. is a good start. Watching the Simpsons is a good reference point because it's all about real life acting. You wouldn't think it but homer moves more like a real human than you think. Another important factor, in animation especially, is that no character should be standing straight up and down. No one in real life does it either, even army kids don't stand completely up and down, their backs are slightly arched.
The one thing that will really bring your drawings to life is the 'line of action' or the imaginary line that dictates how the body will move. You can also think of it as the back bone of a character. This line should always be used in setting up a pose, as you can see in the pic I posted, I get a wide range of emotions with no faces using only their bodies. When all else fails, get up and see how your body bends and shapes when trying to act out emotions. Think to yourself, "how would I be if I just hit a dog with my bike?" or, 'What are different ways I can clap?"
I think the one thing I see the most with people learning to draw is they jump into the details too quickly. They want to get the facial expression and details of the face before establishing the body. I suggest doing what I have done and fill up some pages of thumbnail sketches portraying as many expressions as possible. The body language should always come first, the face just backs it up.
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AF20cartoons Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
So I can Possibly try one of this poses??


With doodles?


I mean, I just draw without skecth
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heartle55 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student Filmographer
make another one of these please!
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FireryBubbles Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist
This are really good :D
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MonsterNooks Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
I've just realized that i do the detail's way to quick when really i just need to take time to get used to doing the pose and gestures first :) thanks for making me realize ;)
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OminousHaze Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist
Awesome expressions! Can you look at my pics because I believe my anatomy is wrong in some way.. :/
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Morpheus306 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Sure thing, but it looks like you have only 2 pics, which one do you want me to look at?
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:iconominoushaze:
OminousHaze Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist
Um the simpsons one
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LadyQueenBee Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This will help me a lot! For a character I have I'll really need this! [link]
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:iconroad2wisdom:
road2wisdom Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
..good job, thank u! :)
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:iconm-b-skye:
M-B-Skye Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
This helped a lot! Faved. :) ^^
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:iconadenora:
Adenora Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Hobbyist
Good tutorial! Thank you! :)
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Asrath Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Student General Artist
thanks a lot!
I would appreciate a face (NOT expressions) tutorial and a hair tutorial to... those two things I SUCK at.
(usually I'm quite good at expressive drawing, not as good as I could be... but a few days ago I drew a PERFECT scene, but the faces ruined it. Again... >.>)
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john1994 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
hey ive currently applied for college and if you wouldnt mind id like to use some of these in my portfolio (with extras applied by me)

please get back to me
peace.
johntayloor.
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Morpheus306 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks for asking, what do you mean exactly by "use some of these?" I don't mind if you use them for inspiration, that's why I did them, but taking what I did and putting it in your own portfolio is a no no. Wait do you mean just referencing these poses, tracing them, or taking the actual drawings?
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john1994 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
i mean like using the pose but placing features on them... i will be drawing these if its fine so i wont be like printing them and using them? sorry if im not explaining properly?:)
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Morpheus306 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Ahhhh ok, that makes more sense. Yeah go ahead I don't mind. That's why I did them!
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:iconjohn1994:
john1994 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
sweet dude i apreciate it alot :)
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:iconsazo72:
sazo72 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010
excellent advice!! thanks for the tip. That would improve my work much better, thanks again...
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blondie1804 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
oh my gosh! these sketches are really expressive. this actually helps alot :D
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:iconja-kitsu-ryou:
Ja-Kitsu-Ryou Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the excellent tips! :D
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:iconmorpheus306:
Morpheus306 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Professional Filmographer
You're welcome!
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LooneyTunerIan Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Hobbyist Filmographer
Awesome Looney Tunes Styled Body Expressions! :D
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Morpheus306 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Professional Filmographer
thanks, I was checkin out your journal can I be in your contest? I haven't done a devart contest yet but I've always wanted to try one.
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LooneyTunerIan Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Hobbyist Filmographer
Sure. You make good Looney Tunes Body Expressions, so heck yeah you can join! :D
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:iconmorpheus306:
Morpheus306 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Professional Filmographer
killer, what do I need to do to join?
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:iconlooneytunerian:
LooneyTunerIan Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Hobbyist Filmographer
Well, in order to be a contest you need many things:

Paper,
Drawing & Inking Utensils,
A Scanner
and a program software that you use to edit your scanned drawings like Adobe Photoshop, Paint.NET, Paint Shop Pro, Etc.

And that my friend, is how you can become a contestant.

It's as simple as that.
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Morpheus306 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Professional Filmographer
hey I got all those count me in.
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:iconlooneytunerian:
LooneyTunerIan Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Hobbyist Filmographer
Ok, your icon is in the journal right now. :)
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Tallestgirl Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
Thanks :D

Faved for later learnings ~ :heart:
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foozicle Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
thakyoo very much xD
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Allison514c Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009  Student General Artist
This is VERY useful. :D
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JUSS-SketCheZz Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
Very VERY Useful I Never Thought Of It That Way

I Mean It Only Makes Sense Now XD
THANKSSS

Im Off! To Practise
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tribute27 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
Extremely useful. I will be sing this as an inspiration and guide for quite some time. Thank you so much for this!
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BotanofSpiritWorld Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008   Digital Artist
A great example of showing emotion in poses. I've noticed my poses didn't have much emotion, they always would just stand or the pose looked stiff, looking at this will help alot
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cyanide-sunflowers Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I sometimes spend hours filling pages with stick figures in different poses, but none of them ever seem satisfactory. Seeing the bare bones of a work will really help in the long run-- thank you so much for this wonderful resource.
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Hades-O-Bannon Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
now this will deffinatly come in handy i love trying to give my character more expressions and things ^^
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jamesanzai Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008   Traditional Artist
this looks so simple yet so freakin awesome!*gets to drawing*
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:iconamo-zero:
Amo-Zero Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008  Student Digital Artist
hehe, its adorable~
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luismario Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008
Pal, this help me a lot.
I have problems with that line of action frequently.
Moral: Start with the whole body, not with the face. Thanks again!=D
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MouseAvenger Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Hobbyist Filmographer
Great job! ^_^
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burrito-samurai Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008
thank you for the tutorial it was very helpful. :)
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LizzyZuko Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
This is extrmely useful as a tutorial and reference,i can't seem to get action in my pictures so this may be very usefull =].
(+fav)
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:iconheely:
heely Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2007  Student General Artist
awesome..
i've never seen Mr. game-in-watch in so many poses
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:iconishoka:
Ishoka Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007
I've been told this and I've read this same stuff coutnless times.. and no matter how many times I read it, I still feel I learn something every time. Thanks for a refresher, I feel like I might beable to draw well again XD
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Buligete Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Done some... XD To say... >>; Alot... -_-
[link]
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tootlez Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007   Interface Designer
this is really good *favorites

I need to start drawing more ... @_@
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:iconbuligete:
Buligete Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesomness! OwO :+fav:
Might use it a little. XD (Just for few hundreds of drawing I do by day! :lmao: )
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Digi-fish Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have this same problem when I'm drawing. The upper part of my character just looks all stiff and unmoveable, even when I start with the line of action and basic shapes.

Thanks for the info.
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jennymstead Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
oh wow.. this could come in handy when I do my comics! :D... it's sort of the same principles in skeletons! :D
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Russell-Reyes Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2007
great tutorial man.! i really appreciate these.
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