The Seven Faces of Fear

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One way or another, fear is part of almost any dramatic scene. If you are painting or drawing characters in action, whether for cartoons, anime, fine art or whatever, you need to know the elements of drawing a frightened face.

There are many degrees of fear, from a vague sensation of worry to stark terror. Oh well. If you need a few guidelines for drawing a frightened face, we might as well jump in at the deep end. Let’s start with drawing seven faces of fear, escalating from first alarm to terror, reduced to their elements in cartoon form.

What are the reasons for the symptoms of fear that can show in somebody’s face?

Fear produces the famous Fight or Flight syndrome.

Let’s say you are walking along, humming a happy tune…

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…when suddenly …

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