Portraying different upset emotions
1 I want to paint a desperately sad figure, who is resting his head in his hand. Face muscles contract during a period of crying, so I paint a furrowed brow, eyes that are squeezed tight and a wrinkled nose. I also give him grinding teeth, to suggest the sense of anger often present in the moment of despair.
2 Here the character has cried a lot, so I give her red eyes and nose. Towards the edges of the eyes I add a few touches of light to suggest skin that’s still damp with tears. The facial features are less pronounced compared to the previous step. I paint running makeup with black brushstrokes on an Overlay layer.
3 This character’s emotional reaction has evolved into a kind of concern. So her face will seem apparently neutral. Only the eyebrows are stretched horizontally with hints of a frown, and the eyes will be wide open. If we want we can play with the reflections in the iris, where white brushstrokes suggest unshed tears.