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Expression variation meme by Paperiapina Expression variation meme by Paperiapina
Whoa! Hey, look, I made a meme! :O Never thought this would ever happen. Guess being bored enough can do miracles.

I actually had this idea already some time ago. I can't remember where exactly, but I think I was reading somewhere a comment about some random web comic or anime or something, that said that all the characters in said comic/anime/can'tremember, regardless of personality, always reacted in identical way to each other. The same stock smile, the same stock lines of dialogue when something happened. That does steal away from the characters. It doesn't matter if you tell your audience that this character is headstrong tomboy, if her expressions are copies of the character you claim to be shy, your audience isn't going to believe you. I didn't find comparative character expression charts, so I hope this can be useful.
At least I find it interesting to compare different characters' reactions.

Personality and attitude shows through in how people handle their emotions which in turn show on their faces, and thus even when people might have the same expressions (like smile, anger, fear) they will always include a little bit of themselves in those expressions. If you for example take my comic characters Surama and Hafmar from Wurr and look how they express themselves, you can see distinct differences. One of Surama's most dominant personality features is that she's absolutely 100 percent self-confident, so whatever happens she never completely loses her cool or freaks out, compared to Hafmar who's less confident and lets his emotions show a lot easier.
(Having canine characters also has the extra bonus of having expressive ears, I'm pretty careful in how I position them. For example Surama keeps her ears up almost all the time, where as submissive Hafmar keeps his down often when interacting with other characters. As a little hint, there are couple of moments in the comic where the ear position might bring some extra hint in how some characters feel. Nothing major, but still.)

It's not the prettiest meme, but I hope it can come useful for people in examining the personality differences of their characters. It's the first meme I've ever made. Run with it! (And let me see your takes! I'd love to see them.)
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This is such a lovely meme. I do like how the somewhat soft colors don't take away from the meme and what is says. The boxes are large enough to at least fit a drawing of a person's head and a little more, so it surely has enough room for ones needs.

Definitely not an original idea, but I do love filling all of these out anyway. And even though it's not quite original, you took your own spin on it and specifically targeted giving different characters different ways of expressing their emotions.
Personally though I'll probably need way more than 3 boxes since I have tons of characters. so I guess I'll end up doing this more than once if I find myself to have the time.

Otherwise, I think you did a fantastic job and I do look forward to completing it. :)
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Ah this Expression meme is great! I understand it very well! and I'm sure others will too. I look forward to using it.
I somehow don't understand other expression memes but I understand this meme very well. and I like it for that.

Lots of deviants have used this, they must like it very much! ^^
Yes it's not the prettiest but for me it is understandable. I give you a clap for the first meme you have made. and a clap to myself for making the first critique here. *clap* *clap*

Again, I look forward to this meme and whoever uses it will too. ^^
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clumsydemonwithfire Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014   General Artist
This looks like fun!!! I'll have to try this!!! :D
GrreenTea Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
AbstractSun Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014…
Thank you for this meme =)
ghxy Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
umbrella4c Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
this is nice 
thanks so much ^^
Asarel Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Student General Artist
XvanniX Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XvanniX Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll use it. But I may use it as a Collab. Hehe. xD
Gabby413 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013   General Artist
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