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Expressions- Mouth + Jaw by JenPenJen Expressions- Mouth + Jaw by JenPenJen
This is one of those drawings that was in my head that I had to put down half asleep for some reason XD

The thought I had was, It's not the shape of the mouth that makes the expression. It's WHICH muscles you show in work that makes an expression more intense. That's why learning about what muscles do what (contract the mouth, lift the upper lip) and what it looks like when the skin folds when the muscle is being used is so important. So it's not just adding details, it's adding the "right" details?
Add the specific muscle movements with the position of the teeth and you get something new!

It might not make sense, but it really helped me figure something out. I just went ahead and colored my sketch in Photoshop, and I hope it helps someone XDD!

:bulletred: The red arrows show which direction the muscles are pulling. :bulletred:


~Parchment paper bkg [link]
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:icondudgus2429:
dudgus2429 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
awesome!
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LUWOLVESCAS Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
broken lolz/auw! X"D
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:icondysio:
dysio Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
I like this sketch its really helpfull.
thx
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TheAmazingHero Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is wonderful. Thanks for making this. The last panel was pretty funny.
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ChocolateLollipop Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for this!!
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x666NiGhTmArE666x Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
This is very helpful.
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Stormwarp Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this!!! I had just been thinking that I needed to delve into another study the shapes of the mouth so that I could add some more creative expressions to my palate. This is perfect, and your realistic style provides an excellent "this is how it is" base for interpretation into any style.
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Feast4daBeast Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very Helpful thanks and great work
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:iconfireyuuki:
FireYuuki Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks great! Thanks for posting this!
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:icongrace-zed:
Grace-Zed Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
jaw broken LOL XD
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:iconsorayazinha22:
Sorayazinha22 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome and inspiring, I mentioned this in the description of one of my practices, please check it out. I'm working on expanding my art skill :)
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:iconjustiraziel:
JustIRaziel Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
jaw broken xDD
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:iconkawaiiangel23:
KawaiiAngel23 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The last one reminds me of something out of a horror movie lol Very detailed and helpful :)
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:iconkirstyemma:
KirstyEmma Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm studying anatomy and this was very helpful. :)
Great tutorial.
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:icontwelvefingers:
TwelveFingers Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Very helpful! I'm trying to come up with a reason to draw the broken jaw....
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:iconjuanitawolf:
juanitawolf Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
X3 jaw broken made me giggle
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:iconmelancholy-minds:
Melancholy-Minds Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
I need to study more anatomy! This is a very helpful tutorial.
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:iconrhejulmag:
RheJulMag Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Useful. Fourth skull made me :rofl:.
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:icontinavy:
Tinavy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Thank you for this! You are truly a wonderful artist. I've been neglecting to draw expressions for a long time and this really helps. Hopefully my characters will start looking a bit more emotive and less like blow up dolls. ><

FAV! :D
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:iconbbmactoma:
BBMacToma Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cracked me up on that last part. AWESOME!!!
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:iconwolfy-s:
Wolfy-S Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
This is really helpul. Thank you a lot! :3 ♥
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:iconsatoria512:
Satoria512 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
wow wow wow
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:iconmary-of-claire:
Mary-of-Claire Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Oohh, very helpful! :D
Thank you!
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:iconsavage-bobcat:
Savage-Bobcat Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is so awesome!
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:iconalakozam:
Alakozam Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
The broken jaw reminds me of Goku when he yells "KAMEHAMEHA!!!!!!"
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:iconnotmuchtoknow:
notmuchtoknow Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thanks for the Tutorial cuz. Mouths are frustrating! And feet.... and hands... and hair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconsamthemusicaddict:
SamTheMusicAddict Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Basically anatomy in general xD
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:iconkarhaj:
Karhaj Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is how stocks should look like.
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:iconbo0radley:
BO0Radley Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
This is awesome! I learned a lot from this, actually. I'll be sure to reference this heavily in the future, simply because it's so easy for me to screw up mouths! Thanks a bunch, I really appreciate you creating this. :)
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:iconiwishiwased:
iwishiwased Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
In serious amounts of pain. Really should'nt have tried mimicing the drawings.
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:iconakippuden:
Akippuden Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
haha jaw broken
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:iconmadambluekit:
MadamBlueKit Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha last one "Jaw: Broken 8O"
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:iconlizolb:
LizoLB Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...jaw broken... XD
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kittykatrocks12 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
will use as ref ok
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:iconihearta:
IheartA Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
thanks... this could be useful :)
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:iconamypond314:
AmyPond314 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I lol'd at the last one
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:iconamriver:
AMRiver Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Very helpful!! Thanks for posting this!
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:iconmegasean3000:
megasean3000 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Man! I can't draw complex mouth muscles that well QAQ
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:iconhuyugatuy27:
huyugatuy27 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
all i can think about is what the nose looks like in each situation...
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:iconvladimir-the-hamster:
vladimir-the-hamster Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012   Digital Artist
Jaw broken! LOL!
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:iconclasstiel:
Classtiel Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Lol at the last one xD this was actually very helpful:iconilavplz:
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SoNoEcho Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
I just love the face of that last skull! :dance:
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:icondependot:
dependot Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student General Artist
bahahhah
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:icongoreindustrial:
GoreIndustrial Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student General Artist
realmente asombroso :D, me agrada mucho tu estilo de dibujo
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:iconjenpenjen:
JenPenJen Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Yay, me alegra que le gusto mi dibujo! :la:
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:icongoreindustrial:
GoreIndustrial Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student General Artist
:D mas que gustarme, me encanto, expresa muy bien los movimientos de la boca
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LateHeart Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
I faved for the broken skull.
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NinjAPixiEX3 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol at jaw broken xD This is helpful!
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Devyt Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
I shall remember this. THX
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