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Auriel Kitsu
07-29-2014, 05:43 AM
Interested in any books or online tutorials on drawing facial expressions any of you can suggest. I'm really out of practice in reading people's facial expressions and my therapist suggested that since I'm already planning on getting back into drawing that it would be a really good idea. Oh and the reason I have problems with eye contact, facial expressions, body language is that I was born with autistic spectrum disorder. I don't think of it as a disability so much as a neural predisposition to look at live differently than most people think of as normative. Anyway, I used to be very good at reading people when I was in my 20s and 30s but I've been living in isolation for the past decade and gotten out of touch with how to interact with people. I accept that I'm going to have to work hard to get those skills back to even close to what they were. I'm hoping that by combining that task with something that I love which is Anime and Furry Fan Culture I will stick with it and do well enough to get at least a few friends in my life. I want to eventually do animation and specifically fine line anime style 2D except positioned with 3D-like spatial relationships and shading or 3D that looks like 2D if you understand what I mean.

07-29-2014, 06:39 AM
I don't really have any magical links. :[
Not sure if it's useful, but I found this (http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2013/073/9/5/facial_expressions_buddy_sheet_for_comics_cartoons _by_darkspeeds-d5y2oc4.jpg) among my old favorites.

I normally make the expressions to myself while I'm drawing, or just experiment and exaggerate whatever I can to see what works and what I like.
Trial and error, practice practice, practice, and all that!

07-29-2014, 09:41 AM
I always loved this tutorial from the Lackadaisy Cats comic: http://lackadaisy.foxprints.com/exhibit.php?exhibitid=333

I also suggest to use the best source of expressions possible....yourself! All you need is a mirror and the willingness to distort your face. I also suggest keeping an eye on, well, your eyes. Eyes are one of the most telling signs of expressions.

07-30-2014, 03:41 PM
Mouths or teeth: One (http://medacris.tumblr.com/post/88406231426/grizandnorm-tuesday-tips-teeth-always-a-good) | Two (http://medacris.tumblr.com/post/85770278807/fucktonofanatomyreferencesreborn-a-scrumptious) | Three (http://medacris.tumblr.com/post/67375905585/haxpunch-as-requested-a-tutorial-on-how-i)

General expressions: This has always been one of my favorite overall facial expressions tutorials. (http://phobs.deviantart.com/art/face-tutorial-177059553) | Another (http://medacris.tumblr.com/post/70648173282/kinomatika-i-did-a-super-quick-facial) | A variety of human and animal tuts (http://medacris.tumblr.com/post/52827569022/pybun-my-background-is-dicks-gtfo-a-tutorial) | Not a tut, but this woman has really expressive eyebrows for cartoon reference (http://medacris.tumblr.com/post/63771917393/i-got-bullied-as-a-kid-for-having-ridiculous)

I don't have any specific "furry art" tutorials, but here are a few animal tutorials that might help: Big cats 1 (http://medacris.tumblr.com/post/79009375927/fucktonofanatomyreferences-an-awing-fuck-ton-of) | Big cats 2 (http://www.bakura.co.uk/post/64813410713/howtoskinatiger-spindlebug-helpyoudraw) | Dogs (http://www.bakura.co.uk/post/46524519065/zoocanvas-from-animal-anatomy-for-artists-by) | Horses (http://medacris.tumblr.com/post/70805741937/spacekayce-aydenburd-paintaloosa-all)

Hope these help!

Auriel Kitsu
07-30-2014, 05:52 PM
Many thanks to all of you. I will spend some time studying those resources and continue to look for a tutor that doesn't cost too much here in Mesa.

07-30-2014, 07:58 PM
No problem, bud. Glad we could help, and looking forward to your future drawings! :D

Auriel Kitsu
08-04-2014, 08:29 PM
A friend found a local school where I can enroll just for the sketching class and on both general rendering as well as facial expressions. We go to visit this Tuesday. I'm really excited.