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Character Expressions Meme - Alistair by Cei-Ellem Character Expressions Meme - Alistair by Cei-Ellem
THIS IS THE MOST I HAVE EVER RENDERED A SINGLE CHARACTER. EVER! O_O

There are 29 different expressions on Alistair up there. Yep. 29. Each one a separate render. Holy cow, I've never taken on a project like this and actually completed it before! I tried this meme once, but gave up after the first four expressions (mostly because render time was so slow). Now, with LuxRender and a much better understanding of posing, I was able to get through all of these in about a week.

But boy, did I have fun.

P.S.: Yes, I totally tag you, :iconbunnystick:! Let's see some Efron love!

As noted in the Deviation, I've got quite a few comments on some of these expressions, and they just all wouldn't fit in the little comment box. So, here it goes:
  • Neutral: I actually made an effort to give him a neutral expression, not just a render of the figure with no expression applied. I think this looks natural enough.

  • Happy: I like this one, just because it's a very nice, casually happy smile. Not his usual snark, like in the main portrait I made of him. Here, he's genuinely happy.

  • Afraid: I can't help but giggle when I look at this one, then promptly make the same face and laugh again. It was a challenge to figure out how to make that inverted-D shaped mouth, but it was well worth figuring it out in the end. Actually, getting the eyes realistically wide was harder.

  • Angry: One of my favorites, and the first of his "mean" faces.

  • Love: The only render with any postwork on it (added a slight blush to his ears and cheeks). I had to think a lot on this one, since I can't imagine Alistair ever having been or being in love. If it happens, I figure this would be one of his rare, genuine emotions.

  • Disgusted: I love the sneer in this one. Just love it.

  • Surprised: It was a challenge to make this different from Afraid. Even changing the mouth, I had to tweak the position of the head a bit to make it look like a notably different expression.

  • Confused: *giggles uncontrollably* I made this face in the mirror a few times and tried to mimic it on Alistair. I got pretty close, but I still can't look at it without giggling.

  • Shy: D'awww... bashful Alistair is cute!

  • Miserable: Not entirely satisfied with this one, but pleased enough. I was going to postwork in tears, but got fed up and left it as is. This is one of two expressions I rendered two versions of. According to my roommates, the first version looked too much like he was, um, climaxing to work ^^;. After reworking, I agree though. This is a vast improvement.

  • Lust: How you doin'? (Now try to imagine that with a British accent and not laugh.)

  • Rage: Dialed up from the basic Angry expression. I happily discovered how to raise the top lip to really drive that snarl in, and thus another one of my favorites was made.

  • Scorn: Another on practiced in the mirror first, and the first time I really used the side-to-side dial for the mouth. I like how it comes off very haughty.

  • Sympathy: I can't look at this without hearing the song "Trust Me" from Devil's Carnival playing in my head. One of his fake emotions: he doesn't really sympathize with anyone; he only pretends to.

  • Guilt: MY FAVORITE EXPRESSION. Since he's a sociopath (read: feels no guilt) I went with the "guilty as sin" interpretation. I. Love. It.

  • Hysteria: Just making it clear that crazy runs in his family.

  • Envy: Angry + Scorn, then toned down into a simmering glare. I like how this one came out.

  • Pride: Snark! So! Much! Snark! Second only to the Guilt one when it comes to my favorites.

  • Embarrassment: The other one I had to redo. The first one wasn't quite dynamic enough and fell very flat. When I took a second shot at it, I built off of the Shy expression, and still managed to soften it. I'm very pleased with his lip here; that took forever to tweak properly so he could be biting it.

  • Bored: Oddly fun to make. Didn't take me long to set up either.

  • Annoyed: Angry + Disgust, with the mouth emphasized. I was initially going to use this as Frustrated, until the more I thought about it, the more I realized that he'd be annoyed at a person (thus, direct eye contact) and frustrated with a situation (thus his averted gaze on the other expression).

  • Content: I imagine this is how he gets when he curls up with his headphones and a nice cup of tea.

  • Submission: I like this one. I really like this one. If Alistair ever gets captured and this is the result, I will be torn between torturing my character and freaking out (mostly because I don't want to lose my character, no matter how dramatically awesome the scene is).

  • Frustrated: A challenge to set up, but worth the effort for the final expression. By the time I was done, I'd been frustrated many times, so I had plenty of reference.

  • Excited: Dialed up from Happy, and a great way to end the series of expressions, I think.


Whew! That was a lot! But it was totally fun!

Set up in DAZ|Studio, rendered in LuxRender via Reality, no postwork except for composition (and minor touch-up on Love).

Expressions for my character, Alistair, as featured here:

You can read the start of his adventure here!

Blank Meme by :iconkittydemonchild::


Other references by :iconmajnouna::
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:iconlavender-space:
Lavender-Space Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Hysteria is my fav. Great expressions :)
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Lavender-Space Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Hysteria is my favourite, you're great at drawing and shading! I say Dance 
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:iconcei-ellem:
Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Heh, thanks, though it's a 3D render; the software calculates the shading. Thanks for the :+fav:!
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Lavender-Space Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Welcome. Yeah, I noticed after I posted that comment. Still the expression are awesome :)
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:iconcei-ellem:
Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you ^_^
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:iconlavender-space:
Lavender-Space Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Welcome!
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:iconleaglem:
Leaglem Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh my----- this is superb. I can't stop staring at each one. So much awe. Scorn, miserable, submission... Gah why are you so awesome? 
:iconcannotevenplz:

... And guilt. Guilt is my top fav.
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Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hahahaha. Thank you ^^;. Guilt is my favorite too. Since the character is a sociopath, I had to come up with an alternative for Guilt, since, by definition, he has no remorse for his actions whatsoever. I went with "Guilty as Sin" instead ^_^
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:iconleaglem:
Leaglem Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome!

Ohhhhh yes, yes I see. I adore sociopaths.
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:iconcei-ellem:
Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Puttin' that Psych degree of mine to use, lol.
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ashash365 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Oooh I love these!! A lot of them are really funny... I wish I was this good at doing expressions...
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:iconcei-ellem:
Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This was an experience, that's for sure. I've improved drastically since the last time I attempted this meme (which I gave up on rather quickly out of frustration). Thanks for the :+fav:! ^_^

Oh, any particular expression you like best?
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:iconashash365:
ashash365 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Mmm my favorites would be...
rage, scorn, hysteria and embarrassment, because they're funny and you can definitely tell what they're supposed to be :)
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:iconcei-ellem:
Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Heh, and embarrassment gave me trouble. Glad it was worth it in the end ^_^.
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:iconfescoviks:
fescoviks Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Loved this tutorial. even I could do so many different faces hahaha
now I'm more expressive
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:iconcei-ellem:
Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
lol It wasn't really meant as a tutorial, seeing as it was a meme and all. Really, it was more practice for me, creating these expressions. At the end of my main comments on the image is a link to a fantastic expression reference sheet, if you want more ideas. ^_^
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TheAmatuer41 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student General Artist
looking sexi....man cant get over that lust pic...
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:iconcei-ellem:
Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Heheheheheh. That one was kinda fun, and even better when I think about him saying something, with that expression, in a British accent.
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TheAmatuer41 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Like when u two r havin tea and he looks with that that look saying..."care for some sugar?" Or when your lookin unto his pants [cause your eyes caught sight of his sword]."Does this fit your standards?"
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:iconcei-ellem:
Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
*snerk* I think he's more subtle than that.
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TheAmatuer41 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Any suggestions then?
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:iconcei-ellem:
Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Nope.
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bunnystick Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
holy macaroni! challenge accepted. it'll tide me over till my dm gets me descriptions of Facar and Kelnorel for my next recap illustration.

alistar's surprised is the cutest most kissably adorable face there is
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:iconcei-ellem:
Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yay :heart:. Now you have something fun to do ^_^. I swear, this is the reason I've gotten too little sleep lately ^^;. Can't wait to see how yours turns out!

It's like... epic expression busts, ne?
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