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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 )
TheStoreClerk Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
freeartistNY Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
it's awesome!!Thank you for this cool tutorial:)
Wtorek95 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is totally awesome! And it helps a lot, really. Thank you so much for doing this. :heart:
Mimi5738 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
Just found this but it's really helpful!
Lilipony Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing and very helpful! This one drawing has changed the way I will illustrate forever. Thanks for the wonderful tips; can't wait to check out some more of your work!
Glumdrop Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Just finding this, and it's great!! Thank you for your work. Would you say the same applies to characters/creatures without traditional features? Alien beings, robots n such. Or things without "faces" as such
FilipePVasconcelos Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Helpful AND Stylish :3
ChronoCrusadeRosette Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Student
vary helpful! thank you
TheHummingInker Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Digishade Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014   Digital Artist
Tracy, this is SO GOOD. You have no idea how much this helps! D: ;_______;

(Or, due to all the comments, maybe you DO. ;D)
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