How do you draw the expressions so...expressionate? Like, any tips?
Yeah: BREAK THE FACE YER DRAWIN’.
No, seriously, most of the wild expressions I draw involve breaking the facial features to obscene caricature. Of course, before you do that, you need to know how to draw them accurately, WITHOUT breaking them. Which is a lot of work in and of itself.
Basically you gotta know the rules before you BREAK the rules, ‘cuz you can only use breaking them to your advantage if you know what you’re doing. It takes time and plenty of practice!
But more specifically, my biggest suggestion for drawing facial expressions is to let yourself make the expression while you’re drawing it. Try to feel what the character is feeling. Bonus points for having a mirror on your desk to observe how your face is contorting, but sometimes just the sensation of how your face scrunches up or stretches out is helpful to know how to tweak certain features!
Oh, and study how other artists do it. Folks in the stream last night picked up right away on the fact that One Piece has had a massive influence on how I draw crying faces, for instance!
What’s important to remember is what the circle represents- it’s essentially a tool for massing out the main cavity of the skull and, as a result, massing out the back of the head. I still instinctually draw a circle when I’m drawing a face, but I don’t think there are any tried and true rules about it- even if you need to use it in the first place. See what feels right, make sure the eyes aren’t placed too high on the skull, and run with it! If you do a lot of work from life/reference, you’ll start to hone in how to effortlessly mass out a head and place your features. :)
I threw together a quick video (3x speed! I AM NOT THAT FAST) to show what I mean- the circle generally stays in the same place, but the features still float around according to the character, the camera angle, all sorts of reasons. Stupid simple sketches, but I hope the point comes through. :)