Grab a sketchbook, the back of an envelope, any piece of paper. Better still a simple drawing app on your iPad, other tablet or phone, you’ll see why in a minute.
Whatever you’re drawing on or with, get something down. Draw a circle, two marks for eyes and another for a mouth.
We are wired to see faces and read what mood they’re in from the moment we are born. Our survival depends on it. However rough your scribble, not only will it be seen as a face. It will have an expression, even if it’s only bored.
The aim is now to change and intensify the mood of the face you have drawn. Do you want this face to look sadder or happier? How about angry, frightened or surprised?
Take a look at this identification parade. These are symbols of the six basic human facial expressions: Sadness, Joy, Anger, Fear, Disgust, Surprise.
Of course, colour adds extra feeling and helps to identify the emotions. Without it you can see below that each face contains only the features that most express the emotion it represents. Or rather, that I feel most express it.
If you don’t agree with my doodles, good. That means you will reach for a bit of paper, or your tablet or phone and start drawing faces and expressions yourself.