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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 )
ConnerKonEl Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing tutorial!! It seems so basic but huge 'how-to' drawings like this are a life saver some times!! Thank you so much!
TalieTramontane Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015   Photographer
Wonderful tutorial :) I do not draw anymore, haven't since my art school days, a long time ago. But your tutorial gave me the wish to try again. Thank you for sharing.
Junk0-fr1ends Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015  Student Artist
Wait a minute, how old is Ivy?
Sexyboy007 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015
Can you all laugh at me kissing ass please and favourite it
NamiHeartphilia Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great help! Thank you!
semdom07 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great, seriously, so thx for this amazing tutorial Ahooooy Matey! 
rintintinz Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Writer
this is soooo great thanks!!
Bhomdrae Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015
Flicks the glass of the table and nobody notices...
mattbentley Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Fangrust Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015
XD the restraining orders 2 funny :giggle: 
Merlekin Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015  Hobbyist
This is most helpful tutorial ever seen!
I love all the expressions you show and I realized, that I really should move on from all the emoji-face-drawings.. ^^
Thanks a lot for this! It's a huge help!
aandongeng Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist

please check my galery…
JJPumpkinMassacre Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
oh my goodness!this was really helpful!
I was wondering if this would be ok to print off just to put up on my wall as a reminder? I dont often find helpful stuff and when I do I forget to look at it when drawing and I wanted to try seeing if posting them on my bulletin board in my room would help at all in me looking more often when im stuck instead of forgetting
Rickstew Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  New Deviant Student Artist
thanks :D (Big Grin) 
Hybrid-phantom Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Fucking furrys
XTCPants Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015
beautiful work 
tigiris84 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015
Beautifully done
Solarstormflare Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for this! :D
fazerT Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015
amazing and awesome thank you
SparrowWrightheart Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconmindblownplz: This. THIS. Thank you so much for this! It makes sense to me now :wow:
scrumpyj Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! x
Ace-Catel Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
How helpful! Thanks for aiding other artists.
CreepyRabbit Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
YOU are a great inspiration! Thank you so much for this amazing and simply adorable tutorial! <3
Le-Engineer Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
my gosh the art style, im in love with it!!!
CosmicSlug101 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Student General Artist
It's helpful and clever and amazing :3
Simbafan98 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! this is really good!
frostykeyhatter Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This is such an amazing tutorial!!!
kitkatmat Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Student General Artist
Hahaha, "Run away!!"
kitkatmat Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Student General Artist
wow this is awesome! thanksLove 
Silverheart-Nine Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Student General Artist
One of my favorite things about Lackadaisy has honestly been all those awesome expressions. I've never been good with exaggeration, so the comic (Rocky especially!) is such fun to look at... XD
moljames Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Triever Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Student Filmographer
My jealousy is quickly being overshadowed by my love for your art
style. I applaud you - and thank you, a lot! This is going to help a
bunch! Thanks for sharing!
FrankoBald Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015
This! This makes me feel I can draw! The devil is really in the details and your art captures this very well. Much obliged!
kulekitsune Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015
You are, by far, THE best artist at drawing facial expressions. On FA, the next-best doesn't even come close to this level of detail and sophistication. Most doing a "25 Essential Facial Expressions" challenge only pull off about eight. You have about eighty up there^. 
Athrubis Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for making this wonderful guide to expressions.
haloveteran Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This tutorial/Tips is really good, no its AWESOME!!!

Now to practice..allot...


-_- *sigh*
CrippleHand Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
I just found my tutorial MASTER!!! Thank you very much!!! °7°
NotTooFarFallenAngel Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great one.
K9Assassin Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is freakin incredibly awesome! So helpful :D 
Hylian-Girl-1 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015
Eeek I can't read the words!!
UltimateRico Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015
This helped me a lot!
PenOugi Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015   Digital Artist
Informative AND entertaining! =D
Kittinpaws Featured By Owner Edited Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a feeling I will be using this as a reference for a while
Alaula-Lynamar Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Your expressions are brilliant! I will us it as reference! thanks!
MouseyMo Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Student
Absolutely Wonderful!!!! Thank YOU!
kevincullen19 Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks man, this really helps! Faces are SO HARD, but this makes it a bit easier to swallow in one go!
stardragon35 Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Student General Artist
Great I needed this stares at page for ten min Thank you!
psycopix Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Student General Artist
I do this too - see faces in things - in a shadow on the tv, in my bedroom curtains, in the bathroom mat sitting on the loo lol! And I draw them when I see them, for later use. So I really identify with this tutorial. Thanks so much :D
Zeragii Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Student General Artist
This is great! Thank you so much!
SketchingDragon Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazingly insightful, thank you!
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