If you enjoy drawing cartoons and are looking for facial expression ideas, I have a collection of 15 cartoon character facial expression drawing ideas for you to check out.
The face can show many different emotions. A face can so happiness, sadness, and many more emotions in between.
Cartoon Facial Expression Drawing Ideas
Have fun browsing these cartoon facial expressions. Use them for inspiration for your own drawings.
1. Men and Women
Here’s a sketch that features expressions from both men and women. I think my favorite is the first sketch. It’s so fun and creative.
2. Stretch and Squash
In this photo, the artist shows the difference it can make by stretching the face vs. squashing the face. They also provide reference for an extreme stretch and an extreme squash.
3. Dramatic Expressions
I love how the expressions drawn here are super dramatic and fun. Going over the top is a great way to have fun and practice drawing facial expressions at the same time.
4. Quick Expressive Sketches
Practice a bunch of different expressions by doing quick sketches such as this one. Don’t worry about your drawings be perfect.
5. This Is Good This Is Better
I completely agree with what the artist has done here by showing a good expression, and then an expression that’s even better. You can see the difference that subtle changes can make to your facial expressions.
6. Male and Female Expressions
Here’s a sketch page that includes both male and female expressions. Not only are the drawings great, but the artist did a wonderful job with the different facial expressions too. I think my favorite is the one on the bottom right.
7. Quick Sketches
If you want to get better at drawing cartoon facial expressions, I recommend doing some quick sketches every day. You don’t have to sketch for a long time either. Just 20-30 minutes a day is a great start.
8. 50 Facial Expressions
If you enjoy drawing cartoon style expressions, this collection of 50 facial expressions gives you lots of material to take into your drawing sessions. They’ve done a great job at evoking emotion with simple drawings.
9. Cartoon Girl
This cartoon sketch is so cute and fun. Making practicing fun by using expressive characters like the one below.
10. A Girls Different Moods
This sketch features a girl making twelve different facial expressions. From happy, to sad, to surprised and more, there are so many looks to choose from.
11. Simple Face Drawings
If you’re in need of a simple facial expression reference, give this one a try. I think this drawing is just perfect for beginners.
12. Fun Faces
This artist has gone ahead and created a really fun collection of cartoon-style facial expressions. I find the “terrified” expression to be one of my favorites. Can you spot it below?
13. Common Expressions
This simple sketch includes some of the most common expressions that we make. There’s angry, worried, annoyed, happy, surprised, and excited.
14. Six Expressions
Here’s a reference that showcases a girl with long hair making six different facial expressions. I think my favorite is the smug expression.
15. Expressive Cartoons
These cartoon drawings are so fun and cleaver. Plus, I really love the addition of orange that’s been added to the drawings. It really helps them stand out.
16. Girl from Different Angles
It’s always fun to practice drawing characters from different angles and making different expressions.
I hope this collection of cartoon character facial expression drawing ideas has given you some inspiration for your next project. If you enjoy drawing and are looking for other tips, be sure to check out some of the blog posts mentioned below.
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