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25 Essential Expressions
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Published: May 17, 2007
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This is a challenge and an exercise that I find incredibly helpful when hashing out a new character. It's good to have nearby when doing your panels and you're thinking, "Damn, what does So-and-so's nose do in this expression?" Or maybe your drawing isn't consistent and you want to keep a certain look? Catalogue them on this sheet first and keep it nearby for easy reference!

I'd be more than happy to see filled out sheets in other people's devs! Let me know if you do post it cause I'd like to see it!

EDIT: Fixed typo, took away 'surprised' and replaced it with 'tired', then added 'surprised' to 'shocked'. I want to thank the forum folk at for the suggested changes!

EDIT the 2nd: WOW. This thing has taken off! I will read all your comments eventually, it'll just take me some time!

The Tutorial that this exercise sheet goes with. Enjoy!
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SwagRowletYT's avatar
SwagRowletYT|Hobbyist Digital Artist
NO, NO GOD PLEASE NO, NO... NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO- *the office intro places*

(But please, stop it)
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Turtlemun|Professional Digital Artist
You wouldn't happen to have this in a PNG file, would you?
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Izskat|Hobbyist General Artist
I have completed it!  25 Essential Expressions Meme by Izskat
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YordleChan|Hobbyist General Artist
That's neat I just started to do this but I think once I do the expressions on the face i'm going to do this again but make the expression with body language next time. 
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lenopi|New Deviant
Imma do dis
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AutumnsDusk|Hobbyist Digital Artist
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ArineangeEdited | Traditional Artist
it's never too late :3 it was really fun to draw, thank you!!
Juniel - 25 Essential Expressions Challenge by Arineange
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Namiko-The-Cat|Hobbyist Digital Artist
25 essential expressions challenge - Hammer Rose by Namiko-The-Cat  Thanks for the sheet :D
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25 xpressionz thong by 50Precent Hehe didit 
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Thanks for the sheet! :heart:
Voltaire's 25 essential expressions challenge by Paulina-Blomme
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naturalseasons|Hobbyist Digital Artist
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QueenCordite| Digital Artist
I used this here  25 Essential Expressions Challenge - Alessandro by QueenCordite  Thanks for providing!
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Negal-Airj-163's avatar
I already made mine one :3
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Vixi's 25 Essential Expressions! by Estherella

Thank you, it was a good challenge!
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Updated version: 
Vixi's 25 Essential Expressions! [Colored Version] by Estherella
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TheNothingMonster|Student General Artist
25 essential expressions of Nathan-napalmnacey by TheNothingMonster  
I hope you like it! ^^
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Nvm! It took me FOREVER to do! Here ya go!  DETER: EXPRESSION MEME by FirescalesComix
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Can I use this, please?
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I finally did this after literal years of thinking it was cool but not doing it!
25 Expressions Challenge - Left and Right Brain by NotaNameWaster
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SilverLotusMoon|Student Digital Artist
Can I do this with digital art? Like 3D models?
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BoltTheWolf16|Hobbyist Digital Artist
wait.... no rules? no, "show me when your done drawing"?

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Took forever but, it was fun :)
25 expressions of S.N. by IAmAClaesAndIhateIt  
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