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Draw an Angry Face

How to draw an angry face

Send your cartoons and smileys into a rage!

Just what kind of angry do you want to show?

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Anger can be fully and furiously expressed

 

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Rage can brood and smoulder under the surface

There are many varieties of anger, and they all spell danger.

What kind of face do you think is the first to be noticed in a crowd? Is it a smiling face? No. It is an angry face. We know what is good for us. A hostile face, particularly if male and glaring at you, is not a welcome sight to see.

Anger is not, of course, confined to the male of the species.

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We recognise displeasure in either sex from an early age.

Anger is the most physical emotion. It almost demands to be shown in full-body language. Yet however furiously you (or your drawing) clench a fist, it can end up looking simply feeble without a suitably enraged facial expression.

So what is the recipe for an expression on an angry face?

There are three basic ingredients.

EYEBROWS. Frowning, glowering, pulled down strongly at the inner ends.

EYES. Glaring. Furiously focused.

MOUTH. Either:

  • (When anger is fully expressed.) Mouth opened wide, showing teeth in a snarl or shout.
  • (When anger is suppressed.) Lips pulled tight and thin. Teeth clenched together or grinding.

You can draw an angry face on almost anything, animal or even vegetable or mineral with these ingredients. However, the ingredients need cooking. Subject them to the fire of inspiration. Feel as you draw…

…Oops! Wait a minute. Anger is destructive, and not only of the object that has inspired your wrath. Anger has a corrosive effect on your body and your life.

Let your drawing tool channel the anger, whether it’s a pencil, a stylus or your finger on a tablet. If you were feeling angry even before you started, now is your chance to test the power of self expression. The feeling can flow out though your pencil.

We all function differently, so this is a very hard thing to explain. All I can say is that if you just set the elements down on paper cold, without imagining how the emotion feels, the result will be unconvincing.

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I drew this irate blob quite a long while ago in the notepad on a phone.

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Red is the colour of rage. The note pad in that old phone had no fill tool, so I transferred the image to my Mac and filled it with a fiery colour.

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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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