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Lackadaisy Expressions by tracyjb Lackadaisy Expressions by tracyjb
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 I'll make it 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 mostly just charts of what happy, sad, and confused look like.

Anyway, I found all I could really do was try to explain ways to teach yourself...and then add some pictures. Hopefully that makes for something at least marginally informative.

And if you haven't seen it yet, check out this very illuminating look at expressions by alexds1.

Lackadaisy Volume 1 is available here

Other Lackadaisy stuff can be found at the web site.

Site updates are announced on Twitter and Facebook now too, usually before they happen here.

Wow. Thank you to those who suggested this as a DD, and for featuring it. Thanks for all the comments too. I'm both thrilled and honored that this has been deemed helpful or informative by so many!
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Given 2011-01-25
Considering the thought, time and detail that obviously went into *tracyjb's design of Lackadaisy Expressions, it's no wonder why this tutorial became an instant favorite for so many. As several of this tutorial's DD suggesters have observed, this is a useful guide to creating expressions, which will benefit a wide variety of artists within any range of skill. Suggested by ~lyzeman, ~dA-aml, ^sphilr, ~Armonah, ~Chris-Garrett, *Master-Futon, ~P3dy, *12sunlyn, and ~havefaith3x. ( Featured by FantasyStock )
This is the single most helpful expressions tutorial ever; there's always a new one to try out and it never stops being fun to look at. Thanks for making it!
MrBlue8 2 days ago  New member
Thank you for making this!
PrinceMalestia 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tutorial is the only reason I'm as good with expressions as I am now. I didn't do it years ago so I'm going to thank you now! ^3^
Spasticat 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I never get tired if this awesomeness :3
"Watch them. Watch them hard." Haha yup. I'm just trying to learn how to draw but sometimes they just all come out...boring, and I'm not exactly an art student, just someone who wants to draw when bored. So yeah, I started watching people, trees, dogs...everything. It's fine if I watch inanimate things or animals, but when I watch people too hard and they notice, they'd be like, "What's your deal?" Lol
This was beautifully made, I've learned so much in such a small interval.

Thank you so much for making this.
Miasma8347 Mar 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Great descriptions, and i absolutely love your art style! 
Cute-Hedgehog Mar 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
WOW! DD, over 4,000 comments and over 55,000 faves :omg: WOW!
This is incredibly helpful. 
mangalover1351 Mar 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
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