Study 14 Mouths 21 May 2020

Artist: Pieter Lategan
Title: Study 14 Mouths 21 May 2020
Medium: Marlin Paper, B Pencil
Dimensions: 210X297MM

I found on the internet pencil sketches of mouths. It was more interesting to look at the impressions of the mouths. I was struggling a bit to get that right. The idea is there and more practice will help.

I am happy with the overall look, it works, the teeth were easy to draw and to give the inner side of the mouth darkness or dept, as well. The lips have lines but I had difficulties to draw that, or I press the pencil to soft or I press it too hard.

The Seven Universal Emotions We Wear on Our Face

The facial expression of humans is one of the most important non-verbal ways we communicate. With 43 different muscles it is possible to make more than 10 000 expressions, many of them tracing back to our primitive roots. Researchers say the way to show off your teeth is to negotiate social status or to establish dominance.

Every face has its own unique way of presenting emotions. There are a few selected expressions that keep popping up, regardless of a person’s age, race, language, or religion.

Here are the seven universal emotions which people express on their faces.


Normally with the expression of anger, the eyebrows are pulled down, the upper eyelids are pulled up, the lower eyelids pulled up, margins of lips are rolled in or can also be tightened.

The facial movement makes a person look physically stronger, according to researchers. The expression of anger is one of the most powerful emotional expressions a human face can have. The angry face serves as a warning, whether it’s simply to intimidate or to show that a conflict has begun.


The facial movements of someone who experience fear are the Eyebrows pulled up and together, upper eyelids pulled up, mouth stretched.

Fear-based facial movements prepare us for a fight-or-flight response. This facial expression shows the way how our bodies work. The eyes are widening open to open up the field of vision, letting more light and allows us to see the threats around us.


When someone is disgust the eyebrows pulled down, nose wrinkled, upper lip pulled, and the lips are loose.

The disgusting face doesn’t just show our distaste, but it also protects us. Wrinkling the nose closes the nasal passage protecting it from dangerous fumes and squinting our eyes shields them from damage.


The happiness facial movements are the muscle around the eyes are tightened, “crows feet” wrinkles around the eyes, cheeks raised, lip corners raised diagonally.

Despite the friendly connotation, researchers believe our smiles might have a more sinister origin. Many primates show their teeth to assert their dominance and lock down their status in the social structure. Some researchers believe it is the non-verbal sign that eventually evolved into a smile.


When a face is sad the inner corners of the eyebrows raised, eyelids lose, lip corners pulled down.

Researchers say sadness is hard to fake and one of the telltale signs of sadness is the inner-brow raise, which very few people can do on-demand.


The facial movement is the entire eyebrow is pulled up, eyelids pulled up, mouth hangs open, pupils become wider and larger.

The surprise expression might only last a second or two, the facial movements – particularly the raised eyebrows – allow us to take in our surroundings, shift our attention to another, possibly threatening event, and react quicker. Whether it’s a good or bad surprise, the facial reactions are the same.

Contempt – feeling that a person or a thing is worthless or beneath consideration (Can also be distrust)

The facial movement of contempt is the are eyes are neutral with the lip corner pulled up and back to one side.

Contempt can overlap with anger and distrust, the facial expression is unique. It is the only expression that occurs on only one side of the face and can vary in intensity. At its strongest, one brow may lower while the lower eyelid and lip corner rises on the same side. At its most covert, the lip corner might only rise briefly.


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