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Shipping January 2022

Give Yourselves a Hand!

Drawing Expressive Faces & Hands is a book our backers have been requesting for years! And, it's finally ready for prime time. What we've created is something far superior to other FACIAL EXPRESSION books!

Thanks the generous support of our backers, we are one of the most successful publishers on Kickstarter - with well over $1 million dollars in funding since 2014!

If you've ever struggled with the difficult art of crafting great faces, then this book is for you. As always, we work with the world's best artists (Pixar, Disney, Marvel, DC Comics) to create books that teach at the level quality you want to achieve for your own art.

This book is an invaluable tool for anyone who wants a job in comics, animation or game design!

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Book 8: Hands and Facial Expressions

This book completely demystifies the difficult art of crafting appealing facial expressions. We've included a wide range of interesting characters that will quickly help you get a handle on your own art. Even though this book is made by professionals for professionals, it was designed for beginners. New artists will find themselves creating great drawings after using this book!

This books is divided into 4 key sections:
 

1 - CORE EMOTIONS

40 pages detailing the 6 universal emotions Anger, Surprise, Disgust (Contempt), Happiness, Fear, and Sadness.

2 - CHARACTER EXPRESSION LIBRARY

2100+ facial expressions (humans, animals, robots and more).

3 - EMOJI EXPRESSION LIBRARY

1200+ emoji facial expressions.

4 - HAND EXPRESSION LIBRARY

75 pages of hands expressions.

1 - Core Emotions

In this section, we break down the core emotions identified by psychologist Paul Eckman as cross-culturally recognizable. Drawn in a fun and engaging comic-book style narrative, you'll follow the exploits of a young android named Grace Hawking as she journeys to understand Eckman's 6 universal emotions:

  • ​Anger

  • Surprise

  • Disgust (Contempt)

  • Happiness (Enjoyment)

  • Fear

  • Sadness

This 40+ page introduction is designed to help you improve your character designs by diving deeper into the mechanics of emotions.

Below are a few pages from our "Anger" Chapter.

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2 - Character Expressions

This section contains a library of over 350 heads of various men, women, children, animals, monsters, aliens, robots and more! If you really want to learn how to draw expressions you got to know how different faces create various expressions. Not only do characters have different personalities - they also express the same kinds of emotions differently. Characters with beards and moustaches, big noses/small noses, round eyes/square eyes, large teeth/small teeth. It's all covered here!

Also, these heads are made to help inspire your own character designs - we worked our butts off to give you super appealing characters on each page!

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3 - EMOJI EXPRESSIONS

Emojis are the perfect tool to learn the thousands of different ways the face and hands can express emotions. You don't need to worry about the hair, nose, jaw or neck. By focusing on the 3 most important elements of all emotions (eyes, mouth and hands), you quickly learn how to express a variety of subtle emotions.

You won't believe how many emotions are possible even with a simple character like this. Emojis are the best way to expand your tool-kit of emotions and start exploring new ideas!

sample pages

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4 - HAND EXPRESSIONS

Every artist has a love hate relationship with hands. They look great when they're drawn correctly - but they ruin everything when you can't get them right. We have a solution - 75 pages of hand expressions to make your life easy!

Our goal was to make the best looking hands you've ever seen in a tutorial about hands! And we've included the roughs to give you a better idea of what shape to aim for when you start.

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