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Expressions Reference by Terrizae Expressions Reference by Terrizae
My contribution to a project that ~chronicdoodler is trying to start. From her comments:

So I am trying my hand to see if I can inspire a project to help provide more reference resources for artists here on DA.

My wishful thinking is, we have a million glamour shots and wistful looking beauties here on DA, but for the cartoon artist we rely on our own reflection to capture the melodrama and nuances of expressions. It would be very interesting to see individuals with their unique and expressive faces run the gamut of human emotion and help us learn how to draw others better!



I thought this was an awesome idea. Using a mirror to reference expressions is great, but not all of my characters look like me or share my personality, and there are some expressions that I can't really do justice to (i.e. Gabriel's look of smug superiority- I just don't take myself seriously enough to pull it off) so it's helpful to see different face types and personalities emoting. :D Feel free to use as reference, and check out everyone else's too!

Download for full-size, if you need to get up close to see one better.

Original (with a link to all the completed templates): [link]
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:icontenpastmidnight:
TenPastMidnight Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great reference!
I like the curious expression, kind of looks like trying to copy test answers from someone sitting next to you  LOL 
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Terrizae Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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TenPastMidnight Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Youre Welcome Llama Signs 
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:iconthenanners:
TheNanners Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
this is such a great reference thank you! (and your smile is gorgeous btw)
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:iconterrizae:
Terrizae Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconlilo1990:
Lilo1990 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this expression reference. 
I want to practice emotions, and this will help me a lot with it :hug:
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Shellmeister Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good expressions!
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:iconterrizae:
Terrizae Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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Shellmeister Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the my bad face. It's the face someone would make at a funeral and be like "My bad..."
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Rookie141 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool ^^ i love the wtf-face xDD
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:iconterrizae:
Terrizae Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconthenanners:
TheNanners Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
omg i LOVE your expressions :D
so cute!
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:iconterrizae:
Terrizae Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :)
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tamaraR Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012   Digital Artist
Love your quilty and excited face and your my bad and curious face. You're too cute. :aww: Brilliant collection. :heart:
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:iconterrizae:
Terrizae Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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skittle-go-rawr Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
These references are really useful!
I've been wanting to expand my artistic abilities into realism a lot lately, and this piece has really helped!
I used the fourth expression on the "Random Expressions" section to draw Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner from The Avengers.
It really did turn out awesome!
Thank you for posting these references. (Even if they were posted in 2010, they're still useful two years later!)
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:iconterrizae:
Terrizae Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're very welcome, I'm glad they helped! :)
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Minako008 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Student
Yay, thanks!=)
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TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh, this is lovely
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:iconmrside:
MrSide Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
You made me yawn! You evil. :shakefist:
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:iconcooi:
CooI Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i yawned too XD
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Woofyx Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Wonderful array of expressions. <3

I'm using your cold expression as a reference for a piece I am currently working on. I have a bad habit of overly exaggerating emotions when I want them to be subtle. It's probably because I'm a cartoonist by nature. X3
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Terrizae Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Glad you found it helpful! :)
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EpicPidgeot Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist
That last one looked like my 2nd real-life-best-friend's face when his dad forced him to ride the Griffon at the Busch Gardens in Williamsburg XD
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vegitariandino Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great reference! It's very useful.
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
This deviation has been featured in the following article:
:+fav: Expressions Reference Project Meme

Please +fav the article if you'd like to help support the project.
You can do this by clicking on the little green heart icon under my avatar on the top/left of the article.
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he2pockysticks Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
This is another fave :D Great reference! You did this very well. It'll be much help for me :) Thanks!
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Tsubane Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
Very nice, and useful. Thanks!
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:iconterrizae:
Terrizae Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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:iconanto90:
Anto90 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
great expressions!!
I feel like drawing now xD
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Terrizae Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconamyln:
Amyln Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
The angry is not angry enough but these are absolutely wonderful! <3 -faves-
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:iconterrizae:
Terrizae Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks!:)
I was going for realistic with these- I'm more inclined towards the tight-lipped, quiet anger rather than rage. ;)
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Amyln Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Aaah! I see it now! :D
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Chii-Original Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I like the WTF face =D
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:iconterrizae:
Terrizae Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you :D
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euuuuvitor Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
aqhahahhaa, perfect!
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:iconterrizae:
Terrizae Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :)
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seanfhocal Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
I think that the third randome expression is definately 'scheming'
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SolvayDrake Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
Now this is very useful and well done...
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:iconlavor:
Lavor Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010   Filmographer
wow you're so good at faces! xD awesome job lol this sounds like a great idea btw! <:O
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:iconterrizae:
Terrizae Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! She needs more participants (especially guys), you should do one too! :nod:
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qwchestr Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
Your guilty face looks so cartoony XDD!!

These are really wonderful! And that's such a cool idea! O:

:heart:
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Sintitiks Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
This. Is. BRILLIANT.
Looking at your expressions, I can see a lot of your characters take on the faces you make. Must be the style of Brittany, eh?
Seriously, this is amazing. And that project idea - even more amazing! I don't have the balls to do something like this, but this kind of exercise is really inspiring, yeah? =D Super awesome!
WTF, embarrased, and my bad are personal favorites. <3
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Terrizae Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks! And you should do it too! I know you're very expressive yourself, plus she needs some more guys in on this project, all but one of the participants have been girls around my age.
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Sintitiks Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
XDDD Yeah? I would.. so shy though. ._. My face being exposed to the internet... I dun like that very much XD.
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Zenuva Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Amazing luv - Definitely helping me out and not just with my arts - I also missed seeing that WTF?! expression. ; p
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chronicdoodler Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
You emote perfectly! I adore your happy and excited expression. I can see a lot of great character inspiration with this :D


THANK YOU!
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Terrizae Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
Glad to be of help, I love this idea! :)
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