Making faces

A diagram of Jikreh expressions.

A silly doodle diagram of jikreh expressions (click to enlarge)

I’ve been having fun with how this alien species in my story express different emotions. They have a hard, beak-like mouth (with teeth), so no smiling, and they have–something I’m calling a frill for now, two fan-like “crests” of cartilaginous, er, horns? fringed with feathers– that they swivel, fan, and shut.

My friend M. suggested I make a little chart of their expressions so here is a really bad doodle of the expressions listed in the story so far. As you can see, their “smiling” may have led to some misunderstandings…

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