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Facial Expressions Buddy Sheet (Application #01) by darkspeeds Facial Expressions Buddy Sheet (Application #01) by darkspeeds
An interesting weekend project. This took me literally a whole Saturday to complete with multiple breaks and one exercise session in between.


Remember this Facial Expressions Buddy Sheet? ---> Well here's where you can start practicing the real deal! --->


Go on, do yourself a favour and make a start, you're never too young or old to learn new things or improve upon something that you're already good at!


Some info on this piece: two series I've only discovered these two graphic novel series during my revisit to the United States in 2011 (I was attending Comic Con International 2011 at San Diego with friends) - BLACKSAD and NORDGUARD. I'm starting to see the similarities in art styles and if I could ever get to their level I'd be over the moon.


Take note that the artist who drew Blacksad, Juanjo Guarnido, is someone who's worked in a Disney Studio (Montreuil, France) hence his art style reminds me of Tom Brancroft (who also worked at Disney Studio Florida). I just recently bought two of Tom's books (check out the description on this link), studied them and noticed the ascetics of the Disney style of animation/drawing characters. It's pretty amazing when you start making these connections because then I can set a benchmark of where I'd like to be when it comes to improving my technique of drawing humans and designing characters. I can learn alot from these guys and what they've learnt from Disney Studios, let's see how far I can go when attend art school next year in San Francisco!


Nevertheless the way I've approached this exercise was by applying what is known as observational study. I know I'm got at observing something and replicating it on paper - you can see examples of this when I did some at my local museum in the city. --->


Now there is a difference between observing and replicating what you see on paper from creating something completely from scratch! I cannot come up with something completely new until I've mastered the basics - it's just how I work. I don't feel motivated to draw something completely new until I'm confident in my basic drawing ability (ie human anatomy, dynamic poses etc).


There were some drawings that I did from scratch and check out a reference picture of the character - the only one evident of this is Blacksad himself (find him in the top-right hand corner). Notice how he isn't on par with the original style? Not perfect but at least I'm proud to say that I took initiative on that one. The rest of the characters I have either drawing directly from a comic panel or did that and modified the expression a bit to tailor what's available on the expressions list.


So yeah at the end of the day I end up with something pretty stunning - a wonderful collection of my favourite expressions of characters from two series I highly admire. It's stunning to look at and it's a great resource to use whenever I'm stuck on drawing an expression I want for a character I may be designing.


Good luck guys and gals - get started and get drawing!
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JojoDaggerback Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looking at the Facial Expressions Buddy Sheet, I wasn't sure if they would be as clear as they should, but after this one, I'm fully convinced these are  astonishing facial expressions :D (Big Grin) , this sure will be helpfull Hug 
Just a quick note, I didin't see much difference between Determined and Desperation, but all the others are amazingCURSE YOU! 
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Sashimi18 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AWESOME :D (Big Grin) Clap 
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Alucard3598 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is magnificent!
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OfTheBlessed Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Ha ha...Weekly.

Is that picture of Nickle from when he was saying to Pi:  "Don't you wish you knew!"?
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Almost! It's from Page 34 where Nick says: "I'm hell in a handbasket lovey! A real live wire!" ^^
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OfTheBlessed Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Yeah, that's the same page!  Only in his dreams!
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OfTheBlessed Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
It's amazing how similar their styles are.

Thanks for compiling this!  Two of my favorite comics.
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bluefantasy Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is great, Darks! You've come far from your old Sonic days!
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Crimson9876 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I don't know why, but I always get the urge to laugh at determined kitty. XD
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Fr0styRyan Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Wow, this is absolutely incredible. Forget Sonic-based characters. These types of characters are what you should be focusing on, because your facial construction is way more appealing here. Like really, these are one of the best sketches you've done in my opinion. ;)
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cheers Raul! These were observational studies and I will continue to hone in my craft of developing my own unique artistic identity. :)
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Fr0styRyan Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Can't wait to see more! :)
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Tazi-san Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I've seen some scans of Black Sad, the art looks amazing! Well done on the expressions too, I find the reptilian one intriguing. It was weird how the lovei netrest had a more human-like appearance tho, what's up with that?
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's just the way Juanjo approaches his female designs in anthro form - usually beautiful looking and portraying realistic facial features similar to a young and attractive lady. ;)

The reptilian characters in Blacksad had some fantastic designs, go get the book! ^^
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Project-GAME Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist
*impressed whistle*
Awesome
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KentaruZ Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional Writer
Blacksad rules! :headbang: Sad it takes them soo long to take out a new novel xD but we can say that the reason they are that awesome is exactly because they put all that work in every novel :thumbsup:
Anyway, amazing work with the sheet! :D It looks fantastic! :clap:
That Nordguard looks very interesting, I will search for it immediately! :sprint:
Thanks for sharing this with everyone =)
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DTrain2695 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is good. VERY good.=D
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DuskRipper Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist
Wow amazing Black Sad :D
I love this comic and
the expressions are great.
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Tonythunder Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
I seriously love everyone's expressions here dude! <33
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chao93 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
JUST when I'm trying to learn to make different kind of facial expression on anthro characters. This is PERFECT!
I think you've done tremendous job here! I seriously love them all! it's hard to pick a favourite! :)
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Blader3000 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
I know this! I've all four comic books.
Blacksad is amazing! :D

Also the expressions look good.
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Luke-the-F0x Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have read one volume of Blacksad. Have you ever heard of Grandville? Its set in a steampunk furry world which has this badass detective Badger.
This would be really helpfully drawing expressions on animals with long muzzles/snouts.
Great job.
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup I've seen and roughly read up on Grandville - books one and two! I can defintely say that the artist has a unique style and an action/drama/mystery driven story. The romance that wedged in between all of the action and suspense is a welcome. :D
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Effrey Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh goodness, what a variety of applications in characters!
And I must admit am amazed of how well the faces fit to each character!

Sorry if this comment is short but I don't know what else to say x3
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missyuna Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, just wow O_O! This is very unique, I love how you use different people in here, it gives this good variety feeling in it. Love the expressions as always, they all have so different ways of showing their feelings, which is impressive = )!
Keep at it Elson, you're just getting and better :+fav:!
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks Missyuna! If I could draw these off the top of my head then I'll be good as gold. *thumbs up*
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Kimmi-suTT Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nicely done. Very impressive work on these characters and expressions.
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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TheNextGenHero Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the rage one xD
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Rrragggh!!
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gpainbringer55 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was laughing at the expression "i'm sexy and i know it.":laughing: great job Elson! :iconbravoplz:
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That little guy is like one of my favourite characters in Blacksad. The sidekick comic relief character named Weekly - he's a news journalist/reporter. ^^
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gpainbringer55 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's awesome!
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CobaltWinterborn Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Gonna have to fav this to get back to it. I could use the practice.

The Expression are turning out great.
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Practice makes perfect as they always say!
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Lord-Kiyo Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Alot of good work and excellent shading. I like how you have different kinds of people, it makes it more fun to look at.
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Blacksad had loads more interesting characters just waiting to be explored and drawn!

If I only had space to draw some extras from the Nordguard series too!
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LisaReneeWentz Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student
The determined one looks more like he's annoyed, but, like always, you are a BOSS at expressions x]
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good point! Dude I'm like, pretty much at the student level... I've got a long way to get to a BOSS level! :D

Thanks for the feedback though! Gotta keep improving on my drawing of character expressions!
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LisaReneeWentz Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student
No prob you're awesome! ^^ I've been watchin your videos on Youtube as well, I really like how you can draw Just like the comics! :iconthumbsupplz:
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