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with Gary Faigin
Online Class

Drawing Facial Expressions

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Discover techniques for drawing the human face's full range of emotions alongside Gary Faigin. Draw faces that clearly exhibit the shock of surprise or the agitation of fear by accurately recreating the corresponding curves of the mouth, angles of the eyebrows and more. Understand the facial muscles that pull, pucker and strain to produce a spectrum of sad expressions. Depict different levels of anger as you learn the role of the mouth in creating this fiery expression. Portray faces drawn back in disgust as you capture the facial characteristics of this visceral reaction. And unlock the secrets for skillfully sketching every kind of smile: slight, broad, eager, bittersweet and even insincere. Learn how to draw realistic facial expressions for more impactful portraits and illustrations.


  • intermediate
  • 8 episodes
  • 2h32m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction

1. Introduction

Meet your instructor, artist and author Gary Faigin. Gary gives you a glimpse into the techniques you'll learn over the course of this class and explains how to get the most out of the interactive Craftsy platform as you prepare to start drawing!

2. Facial Basics

2. Facial Basics

Why do we visibly express our emotions, and why are our brains so carefully trained to recognize facial expressions? Gary covers the answers to these questions and more as he guides you through the six most universal expressions: surprise, fear, sadness, anger, disgust and happiness. Next, Gary introduces you to the anatomy of the human face in regard to the elements that you'll be focusing on in your studies.

3. Surprise & Fear

3. Surprise & Fear

Surprise and fear are two fascinating and complex emotions, and Gary shares tips on the best ways to recognize and re-create both. You'll explore the fearful transformation that a face goes through after an initial shock, focusing on the curves of the mouth, eyebrow angles and white of the eyes. Gary shows you how to work with a mirror or a photo to create the exact fearful and surprised poses and expressions you need to inform your sketches.