Drawing specific emotions: 3 top tips

Illustrating specific emotions

Your characters have a potentially limitless range as actors, but utilising it can require a bit of homework. Sven photographs were used for reference here

When trying to master any drawing or painting technique, good reference material is a must – especially when you want to convey a specific emotion in your characters. It's a great skill to showcase in your design portfolio, but I often find it difficult to source pictures of people emoting convincingly.

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Tom Foster is a professional comic book artist, best known for his work on 2000 AD and the Judge Dredd magazine. Outside of work, he likes to do stand-up comedy gigs.