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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.)

Note: Using cross veins and other anime effects is cheating!

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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eifle79 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pray tell, how does one use this graph?
ziips Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Student Filmographer
hi i used your meme!! thank u
W-Rabbitt Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Snipsnops Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
ah I know this is years old but I'll be using! c:
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
BUTTERFAIS Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
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
Darkdeathqueen Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
SmashGal Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Used! :3… Thank you so much, it was fun xD
SonicSketch Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks like a fun meme! :dummy: Gonna try it when I get the chance! :D
wendigoflesh Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Done it! gravelyhysterical.deviantart.c... . It was pretty fun.
LucarioWolf5 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I will use this later after I get used to drawing my three favorite original characters.
Ogrodniczka Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I did ti :D
Mythstical Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
I did one! ^^
ValiantShadow Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student General Artist
I am SO doing this meme.
zecchou Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rynnay Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I did mine here [link] :) It was a hit with my watchers and it was very fun to do. Thank you!
artangel99 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Okay im new here and i need someone to tell me about some things like when you find a meme like this how are you able to draw in it and fill it in im not going to do it now but in the future when i learn how to draw on the computer i will and any other tips would be great :D i dont know much yet :-?
Zesann Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you're doing traditional art, you can print it off and draw it in, or draw it on your own paper then edit it in. (If you need a program use GIMP or pixlr if you can't download anything.) When you can do it on your computer, you can just draw directly on it in photoshop or GIMP or whatever you use. I hope that helped and welcome to DA! :hug:
artangel99 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Thanks a lot i will take that info and use it when the time comes :hug:
Pilinonamae Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I have to do this when I have written this fanfic with three main characters in it.
Todskey Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Done! [link] :dummy:
ObeyTheSnarf Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Did this here: [link]
XxMoonlightWolveXx Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this! i'll use it! :D
XxTweekTwichesxX Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
may i?
xXFreaky-SunXx Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
I'll be doing this. I even know which 3 characters I'll use, but I'll do it more than once anyway :D
ShineSonic07 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Rurichin Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
awesome exercise! downloaded it~~ thanks :D
agalakachikaboum Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Cool! I'll do it ^^
MatrixPotato Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I totally love this idea! I'm definitely going to try this 8D
Motion-Horizon Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Can i only do one of my chars but different ways?
evvervescent Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So cool!
hamtarafann65 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ima use
RedBlastie Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I filled it out! :la: [link]
baka-moe Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Student General Artist
I can't wait to do this, I love memes. Especially expressions :iconimhappyplz:
NattiKay Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Student Filmographer
Filled it in: [link]

Well, that was fun. 8)
ellymango Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I am SO doing this when I can find the time to... and when I figure out how to do a memein the first place... :S
Kishari Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Oli pakko tehdä! xD [link]
The-Roses-of-Water Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am doing this at some point, sad thing is I have two characters with "frozen" expressions, this may help a lot~
ashleyjordan Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful, enjoyable to read and an insightful way to learn more about your character as well as to improve, thank you so very much!
TrollkaRuby Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
[link] Done it!
TrollkaRuby Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
[link] Done it! :D
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