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25 Essential Expressions

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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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do you have a no background copy?

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Thanks a bunch for the template! I will be definitely using this for my Space Glamz (glam metal OCs)! I'll make sure to credit you when I'm done!

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25 expresions with Demi-king Unown

There´s my desing with Demi-king Unown,my OC.

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25 Essential Expressions Challenge by PaPastacat
I've wanted to do this for years now oof
Thank you very much for the template !
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 I did this one!
25 Essential Expressions art meme by MilaMilkchocolate
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Thanks! That was really fun

25 Expressions Challenge with Ruby Rose
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I really like this one. The fact that happy and sad are so similar makes me think this must be a really interesting character, I'd like to know more about them.

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Thanks! I thought that the fake smile at "sad" would perfectly fit Ruby. I agree, she's interesting character, that's why I love her x)

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Thanks for your work :) !

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i had fun lol  + Kitten's 25 Essential Expressions + by melissa03
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beatrixplusoneStudent General Artist

thank you, this is very helpful

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Essentially Frankie by Philomartina i keep coming back to this, it's my favourite format still
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3ad2a2f9 A69f 4418 9d35 F153cf2a949c By Megathunde by Megathunderman This was really fun .o. ^^ 
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I've decided to redo it with my new improve style ^^" 
25 Essential Expressions Quentin The Mimikyu V2 by QuentinMimikyu  
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What does essential mean?
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It mean extremely important and necessary or very basic

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this helped alot with my consistencey thanks so much for providing this! here’s mine
25 Essential Expressions - Copi by MyLittleFantasys
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Melted Pearl expression meme by 19t3  
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im gonna join
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25 Essential Expressions ft. Toon Link by xMurmaid
Had a lot of fun with this!
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This was a great exercise! Thanks so much for putting this out there! Heart 
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That template is super good! I did the challenge:
25 Essential Expressions - See by SpaceLorenz
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Thanks for the meme! It was a fun experience. :happy: 

PW: Expressions Meme by pencilhigh
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