How to Draw a Sad Face.

Do you really know how to draw a sad face?

Courage! There’s nothing for learning a thing or two like doing a thing or two.  Take up your pen – or preferably your tablet or phone and finger or stylus – and draw a sad face, here and now.  Scribble a few even sadder faces.

If you instantly get stuck for capturing a sad expression, help is at hand. Just remember the simple rules for creating a smiley.

The sad face smiley is simply a reversal of the familiar smiley smile.

Hang on though. Is that right?

You know the accepted wisdom of the smiley world.

1.  A smiley can be any colour as long as it’s yellow. Round yellow sad smiley face
I hate to disillusion you, but a sad face smiley to use when you are blue is more effective if it’s – well, yes. Round smiley face coloured blue

2. Furthermore…

… smileys, super or sober, 3d, animated or plain, must always be round.

…Except when they are another shape. To draw a sad face looking even sadder, try a tear drop.
Teardrop shaped blue smiley

3. Lastly, smileys show they are unhappy with an upside-down smile.

Wait a minute! Try that in the mirror. Pull down the corners of your mouth as far as they can go. You may get a comical ‘Oooh-Er!’ grimace. You might even look like a smiley. But do you really look sad?

Hmmm. You may feel a bit on the saggy side when you are feeling low, but in fact the middle of your lower lip goes up when you are really sad. You only look ‘down in the mouth’. Escalate to a full scale crying fit and your upper lip stretches sideways. Your whole face scrunches up towards the middle as if to squeeze out the tears. Only the outer parts of the brows go down.
Sad emoticon

Sad faces of the more realistic kind can work better for other symbols like the classic comedy and tragedy theatre masks
theatre masks

Graduate to a Blue Gloomy.

PS. To add instant sob power to a sad face, simply give an upward twitch to the inner ends of the eyebrows.
Sad blue smiley cartoon

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Valerie Beeby

We used to say 'Seeing is believing'. Now it's more like 'Believing is seeing'. We see what we expect to see. Look again and who knows. Does it really match what's actually there? ...I've always been fascinated by how our minds work. As a writer and artist, I'm particularly interested in new research into how we perceive this extraordinary world we live in, where things are not always what they seem.

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