After being married for almost 6 years, I have learned certain looks. There's the; I will always love you look, the I need your help look, and the dreaded you just said the wrong thing look. It's all in the eyes.
When drawing a character most of the emotions will come from the eyes. Just watch your favorite movie again and pay closer attention to the actors eyes.
If you can conquer the eyes you are half way there to drawing great faces.
The following are some tips when creating a character to keep for your records.
First I am going to keep it simple and just do a basic Mr. Smile face, watch as all that changes are the eyes.
Some things to noticed;
Happy or positive emotions the eyes normally will be wider and arch up.
Sad and negative emotions the eyes may be wide, but will be sloped downward.
Angry emotions have narrow eyes that slant toward the nose.
Those are the basic, but what about sarcastic or flirty? Play around with those and remember the eye brows are part of the emotion.
Knowing this, do the same thing with character you designed. This way you have a reference if this is a character you will use often.
Bonus tips. Use tracing paper on top of your drawing to create different eyes before doing the final drawing. The more you have on file, the quicker you can complete your drawing. View the slide show below for a sample.