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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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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 )
komet-a Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Woah, this is so helpful! Thanks a lot!
FishingJB Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so lot! I need that! :meow:
Myrethy Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Beyond amazingly helpful... aaaaaand a very aggressively hilarious comic as well!
angrypunkcake Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  New member Student Digital Artist
this is so great! thanks so much
DarlyRose Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  New member
Legs! ahaha
Skitzomniac Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Oh Bless you. I will be using this. thank you so much. 
Gabcat Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
3 years later I finally get it. They're cats. And they're cat calling.
*high fives self and misses*
Meta-josh Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This tutorial is amazing! :La: in Love with :Dummy:  
SamDelaTorre Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014   Digital Artist
Sweeet!!! Thanks for this very helpful tutorial! :la:
LostbunniesofWendy Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You are the master! I love this!
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