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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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Daily Deviation

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 )
Darktehliger Featured By Owner 16 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
While I was reading this, I kept looking at the characters going, "Where do I know them from?!?!?" It kept bugging me till I got to your description and was so excited to see that it was a web comic I enjoy very much. I enjoy your work, and I am glad I was able to read your tutorial on expressions. Hopefully I will be able to apply it to my drawings.
ldjessee Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional General Artist
I have read your webcomic and always point it out as some of the best art I have seen in a graphic novel or web comic.
tracyjb Featured By Owner 4 days ago
That's quite a compliment - thank you!
Oliriv Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so amazing, I love your humor too :3
CyrusGrayhollow Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
What an amazing tutorial! :)
srmeyers97 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great. Helps alot.
ZejanNoSaru Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016
This is a wonderful tutorial. Superb!
sampea Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016
AredhelGumshall3 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, man this was so amazing! I was so ashamed when I realised that I have probably done all of the "Things to unlearn" and I'm glad I've got out of the habit of doing them! ( especially the flounder-face... yeesh!) 
Overall, this made me laugh and taught me some good lessons about expression drawing that are sure to stay with me for a long time!!
BurntTuna Featured By Owner Edited Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For a second I thought ScribbleNetty made this 
Loky-Madevil Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016
Cool! Thank you for this drawing!
MouTen Featured By Owner Edited Jan 2, 2016   Digital Artist
love it! thanks! Meow :3 
funsizeginger Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your "Watch people hard" drawings made me laugh so hard <3
matarioshka Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!! :D Totally love everything!!! :heart:
KateStroh90 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That comic on them (The guys) with the girl... NAILED IT!!!!!!
Vaiagra Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015
DarylLee1 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
good work
Sinspiration Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015
This has to be the most entertaining and informative way to educate people about expressions I've ever seen, I've enjoyed reading through this more than I would my favourite web comics
thatonepineapplegirl Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is an extremely helpful tutorial!Thank you so much for making this!
ChikaZuri Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015  Student General Artist
This is awesome; and fun!
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  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   Artist
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…
KikiVonPumpkin 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  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 Digital Artist
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 
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