“If I saw a person smile, that to me was payment in itself. If I could make them laugh when they were very sad, it was the greatest payment to me.”
-The Man of 1000 voices, Mel Blanc
“He devoted a lot of time to ailing children in hospitals. I think he really had a great affect in doing so, even if it just made them feel better for just a minute, he did. We had to try to get him to leave first of all, he would spend all day doing it. There would be times I would say, ‘Mel, we gotta go, it’s getting dark, we have to get back on the road.’ When there were children in that situation you couldn’t get him to walk away.”
I love your art so much! Especially the facial expressions! Do you have any tips on how to really exaggerate the expressions? You do it so well!
thank you! the best thing i can tell you is to get weird, get loose, and get silly! i swear i went through like 20 different versions of steve trevor’s mouth before setting on one that was goofy but still looked like him to me, relatively speaking. i just experimented with the placement, length, and shape of the mouth and got a lot of fun results.
one of the best ways to study exaggerated expression is pausing during animated films/shows and doing quick sketches of the faces. classic disney and looney tunes would be good places to start! plus shows like the last airbender and voltron, which have TONS of great expressions like these:
i did this exercise recently while watching the road to el dorado– i just made a ton of screenshots whenever i saw a face that i liked, then went through them all and did a handful of studies like these:
it was a good exercise for both facial expression and studying a character’s design and features from multiple angles!
squash & stretch is good to study and practice, too, i think that’s the biggest element to push if you’re going for exaggeration. This is one of my favorite tutorials on the subject so ill direct you there rather than try to explain it myself, since it includes some pretty great examples.
but yeah, in conclusion: experiment as much as you can, collect tons of references, and dont get too caught up in small details– just focus on the emotion you’re trying to convey :) best of luck!!