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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Angry eyebrows

When I first started writing this blog, I wasn't much of a Paint artist. I'm still not, but I've definitely improved from those early posts. Mostly, I've gotten better at showing facial expressions to really sell the dialogue ... and the key to good facial expressions is knowing when to employ the "angry eyebrows."

Let's have ourselves a little lesson:

Obviously, when you put angry eyebrows on someone with an open mouth, they immediately look supremely pissed off. Like Cookie Monster here:

That's fun and all, but what's even more fun to see is the effect of putting angry eyebrows on someone who's smiling. See this adorable Care Bear here?

Look what happens when I give him some angry eyebrows (and a knife):

See, now he looks like he wants to harvest your kidneys! Isn't this fun?!?!

You can also put angry eyebrows on someone who looks sad, and they go from being sad to being completely exasperated. Check out Eeyore before:
And Eeyore after:

Uh oh, Pooh Bear looks pissed.

A nice passive-aggressive hug between best buddies.

Here is an angry goldfish with a bomb:

And here is Spongebob Squarepants after rampaging through a children's hospital:

This is actually terrifying me.
Yes, yes, there are many cute cartoon critters who look sinister with the simple addition of some eyebrows.
For example, Clifford the Big Red Dog seems to have his "friends" riiiiight where he wants them:
Here's Dora the Explorer and her gang (as in, her actual street gang of dangerous thugs):
Oddly enough, the bird with the noose is making me the most uncomfortable. It's like he can see into my soul.
And here's Scooby Doo watching a little TV:
What an asshole. Seriously.
So there you go, guys: the amazing power of the angry eyebrow. There's almost nothing it can't do! And in the spirit of the season, here's a message from the Big Guy himself:
Thanks for the reminder, Santa. Thanks for the reminder.

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