Real talk, WHO gives the best kisses? Grandma or auntie? Correct answer: the dog. Hahaha, well that’s our family’s joke 🙂 Kissing is a universal endearing action of pure affection and love. The stuck-out duck lip, closed eyes face we make when we’re going in for a kiss is universal even though no one teaches us the “face” for kissing. Wouldn’t it be weird if someone went in for a kiss with their eyes wide open?
So today we’re going to learn about drawing overt facial expressions! (Like kissing!) It’s not easy drawing human expressions – even professional artists and Pixar animators struggle with this every day. Conveying expressions is a really difficult art form to master. It’s OK, practice practice practice! We can get started by going simple with this easy-peasy tutorial great for young ones! How can we convey an action like kissing with a drawing? Find out how below!
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- Polymer Eraser
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How To Doodle a Kissing Expression
Human expressions can range from subtle to very clear. Kissing is a very specific action that comes with a specific expression we do on auto-pilot. Kissing is done most of the time with 1) eyes closed, 2) leaning in/direction, and 3) narrowing/puckering lips in the center towards whoever will be smooched.
Don’t overthink it! We can draw this expression as long as we have just these 3 features and then the audience will automatically fill in the blanks. Our brains are very smart that way, the brain makes tons of connections, short-cuts, and inferences that tell us exactly what it is even though nothing has been stated.
The only other big clue, if you noticed, there’s a floating heart. That’s how we sort of draw kissing in popular culture, using a floating heart symbol. Facial expressions don’t have to be the only thing that clues an expression or mood – especially in cartoons because cartoons get too simple. You can add clues to the overall mood with inferences, heart means love, skull means poison or death, flush means shyness, etc. Keep these things in mind and you’ll have no trouble conveying complex expressions!
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Kids Kissing Trivia Facts Just for Fun
- Like snowflakes, lip prints are totally unique from person to person.
- The longest kiss in the world was 58 hours, 35 minutes, and 58 seconds by a Thai couple…this is probably the silliest world record ever set.
- Kissing is good for your health, according to one correlational study men who kiss their partners every day lived 5 years longer! The same men that kissed their wives also make 20-30% more money! That’s the magic of giving and accepting love!
- The muscle you use to narrow and pucker up your lips is called “orbicularis oris.” A simple pucker kiss only involves 2 muscles.
- More women rate kissing as more important in a relationship than do men.
- Lips are 100x more sensitive than fingertips! Lips come with a lot more nerves than other parts of your body.
- There are more than 30 ways to kiss.
- The wedding kiss traces this tradition back to ancient Rome.
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