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Character Expression using the Whole Body by Taiinty Character Expression using the Whole Body by Taiinty
EDIT4: I didn't actually realise it got over 400 TTvTT goshhh


EDIT2: Over 200 favourites in a day!!! oAo If you had 60 or more thumbnails checked, you could actually see it on the front page, too!!! Oh my gosh, you guys, thank you so much!!!! TTvTT <333

EDIT: Over 100 favourites... In... Under 6 hours........ ahhhhhhh..hh...hh. h. ..h h

Heehee, I've been meaning to make a tutorial about this for a loooooonng long time TTvTT

I don't know if it's only me, but I've never had much of a period of expressing character emotion through only the face. I don't know why, I don't ever really remember learning to use the whole body, but even in my very early art (as horrible and anatomically inaccurate as it is) I can see that I used the body to help express different emotions. I of course wasn't so great at it then, haha, I've learned a lot just through practice. And I mean a LOT.

What always annoyed me about quite a few peoples' art (especially in emoticon sets, for example in a lot of fan-made homestuck emoticon bust set thingies) is when people express character emotion through only the face. I've always looked at those things and thought 'that's not right!' I know the benifits of doing this sometimes (you can copy and paste, less work basically) but I've never felt satisfied doing these things, only once I'd drawn or animated the whole body and face would I feel satisfied (unless for that comedic effect I stated above in the tutorial - also forgot to note with this that I often keep everything on the face the same as well and change only the eyes).

Another thing I didn't mention in the tutorial is that I actually feel the same vice versa. I see those challenges and memes for drawing ONLY the body expressing an emotion, but just the body never fulfils me either (this might be why I have no object-head/headless characters). I like trying to express characters' emotions to the fullest. It's what I like doing most whilst drawing, to be honest, haha ;v;

So I finally drew this up in an attempt to help a few of you out there perhaps having trouble with this. Hopefully there'll be less only-face-expressions out there ;v; of course, not everyone's like myself, and a lot of people probably needed somewhere to start when it comes to expressing character emotion, but eventually you need to learn to try new things and get better. Hopefully this tutorial might provide a quick stepping stone for those of you still trying to get out of that stage, or an opportunity for those who weren't so aware. <3

Man, why can't I go one single deviation without writing an essay-long text wall??? >~<

Dracavians OPEN species belongs to griffsnuff.
Easkan Hydrel belongs to me (Terry belongs to me too now. I like her design TTvTT)
Trolls species from Homestuck belongs to Andrew Hussie.
Art belongs to me. Written by me.
Made with Paint Tool Sai and Adobe Photoshop CS4 (font is Open Dyslexic)
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Ask--Frightspark Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
((I'm not a fan of homestuck but I swear to the gods your character is the most kawaii thing ever okok))
Taiinty Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*shrIEKING* QvQ <3333333
Ask--Frightspark Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
((No but rlly i want to hug him so much ;;;W;;; ))
bro-tato Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hey look
a useful tutorial
normally cause im all stubborn I don't get much from tutorials, but yours are fekin amaze
Taiinty Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Caraig Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
VERY useful!  Thank you fro doing this!
Ninjashewolf Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is very nice! Lovely work!
llamauniversal Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is ACTUALLY good advice! Thx!
Taiinty Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Eee, no problem >v<
Kaweki Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This was very helpful!
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