A response to 's 25 Essential Expressions Exercise.
They're all adjectives instead of nouns because "smile" is supposed to go after them, but writing it 25 times seemed a little redundant.
A mirror might be useful. Or if you happen to have a really good actor friend. Or google. Anyways, I applaud any artist that can successfully complete this. Especially the "Endeared" smile. It is my favorite, one of the most difficult, and the epiphany of all smiles.
Consider the emotion behind each smile. For example "knowing" and "endeared" may seem like similar soft smiles, but knowing contains either some bit of weariness and/or, well, knowing. This can be communicated by tension along the brow line with regular set eyes. Endeared on the contrary is just about as soft as you can get with such love that the mouth is almost forgetting what it's trying to do and the eyes are very lowered. A gentle light and relaxed shoulders will also help portray this.
Again, good luck.
Feel free to ask for clarifications, make suggestions on a smile I'm missing, or point out mistakes.
If you use this meme, please link me the finished product. I'd really like to see what people come up with.
Also provide in the artist's comments for your deviation a link back to the blank template, so others can try.
*edit: some good examples: [link] [link]
*edit 2: Duchenne is the "twinkling eyes", aka, very characteristic squinting that isn't the corners of the mouth pushing up the cheeks. It's more friendly, warm, and welcoming, but less deep. Often, you barely need the mouth in and my brother and I often squint at each other warmly without using our mouths. Example: [link] More scientific information here: [link]
*edit 3: I know there's a spelling error. I know the wording underneath is a bit pretentious. I'm too lazy now.