How do you decide how to begin when drawing expressions? Mine always look so forced and i'd love some advice
Exaggeration, that’s usually the first thing that comes to my mind when trying to draw an expression, adding more and more details to the expression itself makes it look more exaggerated and interesting, depending on what you want to convey it helps a lot! Always think why not take it one step further.
It’s important to use as many references as you can too! See how the face behaves and what key features make up the different emotions, you can even make the face yourself to sort of feel how your own muscles and face behaves from it and give you an idea on it.
Best of luck and keep trying!