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"Six emotions" that you know instinctively / JapaneseManga101 #004

Taiyo Nakashima Taiyo Nakashima 04/02/2015 2 min read
Today, we talk about “Facial Expressions”, and how pro’s only use 6.   Because characters do not rely on words, but use their face to act, exaggerating emotions, Manga is understood by everyone even the kids. But it’s no kids’ play, mastering them is vitally important, no matter who your target audience is. The human brain, can instinctively understands 6 emotions, those are :

HAPPINESS 04-happy



SURPRISE & FEAR04-surprise



  Great manga artists, many with background in more realistic style of drawing, embraced this “Simplified” style of emotions, to make their manga, universally and instinctively understandable. Many successful manga became popular with characters that feel so alive, as if flying out of the pages. Facial expression is the key to making them come alive. We have prepared this template for you to try, drawing the Six emotions. Download it from here! 04-template Keep on drawing, till you breath life into your chapters!   04-gotit GOT IT!? In the next episode, we will talk about “Character Development”, how to create a strong character, who will drive your storyline. See you next time!
Taiyo Nakashima

Taiyo Nakashima