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Disney Animators Study Their Reflections in Mirrors to Draw Classic Characters’ Facial Expressions

For decades, professional animators have relied on mirrors and their own facial expressions to be able to produce the dynamic, expressive characters that audiences know and love. Using themselves as models, the artists leer, grin, and grimace at their own reflections so that they can recreate the right nuances of each look on paper.

In this charming set of photos, legendary animators from the 1940s to the 1960s can be seen making hilarious faces at themselves as they sketch beloved characters like Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck, and Fred Flintstone. Working in famed studios like Walt Disney Production, Warner Bros, and Hanna-Barbera Productions, these artists brought to life many of the creations that defined the golden age of American animation, from Tom and Jerry to Lady and the Tramp.

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Art Tutorial Preview

This one was interesting. I’ve seen a lot of tutorials on character expressions, but not really in relation to character’s personality. So I wanted to give it a shot. It’s easy to practice, take two of your characters and have them react to the same scene. Draw Draw Draw, you can do it!

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Sometimes I like to do a reference page rather than a typical tutorial. Poses or bodies aren’t the easiest thing to draw. But I do believe that with constant practice anyone can master the human form. Now get out there and draw!

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Whenever I want to draw something cartoony but I don’t want to draw Skull-Kids! I work on my side project Charmless. Charmless is a parody of classic fairy-tales, with a kind-hearted dragon (Gale) , a rude prince (Olie), and a psychotic princess (Blossom). It’s a silly love story, with lots of violence as well.

Charmless © Valeria M

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