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A small study on human expression by DamaiMikaz A small study on human expression by DamaiMikaz
This started out as a study drawing facial expressions on a few of my characters.
Then I included some body language, as I felt that's also of great importance for visual storytelling.
I added some of my notes and compiled it to one big file so it can perhaps be of use to other people as well.

The file is huge so you might want to hit the download button in order to get the full version.


Characters are Aiden and Sato from my Emion project. 


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:iconlopaws:
Lopaws Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
this was helpful :happybounce:  thanks Meow :3 
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FrancistheDragon Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
This is extremely helpful! Thank you so much for sharing this with us!
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InuShommaru Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I appreciate this quite a lot, thank you :D (Big Grin) 
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ringonoki Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Professional General Artist
You have done and shared very helpful study on human expressions of emotions. 
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residualkonflikt Featured By Owner May 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Really resourceful!
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floresfire Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017
Amazing work :D
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katterley Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really cool--explanatory and descriptive. 
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neko-neko3 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017  Hobbyist
In my opinion, I thing you're exaggerating. If you want to develope a realistic or semirealistic style, ask yourself, Do a Human look like that when is sad, happy, agresive, etc...?  Remember in reality we are not that expressive, maybe in some situations, but when the emotions is intense. Most of the time, a thing that often changes then the emotion is not that intense is the look. I suggest you to look on a mirror and do diferent expressions, like you would do it.

But if your propuse was exaggerating expressions I think you do it well ^^

(I hope you  understand what I tried to say) 
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty much all visual mediums work with exaggerated expressions. Be it books, movies, series... or anything. 
It's all enhanced for the sake of making more impact. 
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neko-neko3 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017  Hobbyist
Yes, you're right, but most of them work with a cartoony style or a bit of realistic propotions with cartoony expressions. It was just and observation, judging for the point of view of your style, that apparently look serious. 
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, it's even done in (realistic) movies of series. People rarely react irl as they do in them. We're just so used to that kind of portrayal of emotions in media that we hardly register them as exaggerated anymore.
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neko-neko3 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017  Hobbyist
Touché. Well, It was just an opinion. For me was a bit unatural see that kind of expressions in your style, Anyways, It was a constructive critism. After all you can take it or not :) (Smile) 
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nah... I'm trying to get rid of the whole neutral-ish expression thing in my art a bit. It needs to be a bit more expressional imo. 
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neko-neko3 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017  Hobbyist
I undestand, I have that problem too xD you've had good results. Thank you for take your time and answer my comment CURSE YOU! 
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UsagiYogurt Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017  Professional General Artist
It's cool to see the different characters showing the same expressions in different ways.
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vexnir Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017   General Artist
I love how dynamic you drew anger for both :la: I'm all for flying clothes. :dummy:
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes. It makes them more powerful :la:
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idreamofgenie Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017
Borrowed for my tutorials folder...looks useful.  Thanks!
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Draconic-Origin Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
saw this on your twitter and I was just like "YES! I am a dummy! "
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Shedevil13SJ Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I love looking at your studies, they're so cool to look at ^-^ I really suck at drawing different expressions and poses, so seeing these makes me want to practice different expressions and poses :'D
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TheKurejiNeko Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Student General Artist
These are very useful, thank you!
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ashenrisen Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
this is so awesome!
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The-Last-Phantom Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Perfect!!!

GIF Star vs. the Forces of Evil -  Yay! 
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Merleee Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, Sato definitely nailed the evil look lol xD
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's the only thing he even nails :lol:
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Merleee Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True true x3
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DemonicDivine Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017
Interesting and cool work, like always :)
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Shiroichi-chan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh this is realy amazing! Hope you don´t mind me downloading this so I can have an amazing refference for seeing different emotions when I draw characters :)
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nah. It's meant to download :)
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Shiroichi-chan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*-*Amazing! Thank you :la:
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
really interesting!!
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Trumpettrump Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017
Ahhhh you sooo goood!!!!
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fireytika Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Waahh very helpful~
It's interesting that you used body gestures ,too ( not just facial expression) Those extra gestures show more their personalities ^^

btw Sato can be happy?? I thought he more like emo guy XD
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I started out doing facial expression at first, but it felt really incomplete so I ended up doing body language as well.

And yes, Sato can be happy.
Despite his emo-ish appearance and him usually being all serious and shit, he's a quite convincing manipulative bastard that has no problem tricking people into thinking he's all nice and innocent ^^
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Sinbad-no-Bouken Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing and really helpgul wow! 
You used the traits of each emotion so well!
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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Goomuin Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually never thought of it that expressions can differ, really useful :dummy:
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EbolaSparkleBear Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017
which emotion is hip thrusting?
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's for you to find out :iconeyesplz:
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wyncalledchara Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw it fine in the normal mode, then I clicked on it and it looked like a cinema... Great job, by the way Clap 
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Aikoruu Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^-^ A really helpful reference~ 
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DonaldBrent Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cute studies! I love to see the body language, I also like that they are different from each other, but still show the emotions clearly :nod:
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. I figured different characters behave somewhat different ^^
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DonaldBrent Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They do indeed! :D
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jadethestone Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool and helpful idea. I especially like how you drew the characters going from anger to surprise. Haha.
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Catluckey Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
FABULOUS! Love your expressions and characters! It matches!
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Eisschweif Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017
fear for the win XDDD
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KarmaBanshee Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! This is gonna help me so much! Thank you for posting this <3
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DaddyHoggy Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017
Excellent study. For me - only sad doesn't work as well as the rest - if it wasn't for the hint of tears - I'd have gone for 'has a headache' - I don't think it's the face shape/expression, I think it's the hand position.
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smash8989 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017
excellent, fundamentally some characters tend to deviate a bit from the norm, some just appear very passive or quiet when burning with inner rage and barely express it at all in a body/face languaje, but I gotta say these are very good examples and what you usually expect in normal human languaje!
Also, Aiden... when angry... I can only think of "prepare to be defeated with science!" sorry, I had to XD
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