Good reference for writers OR artists.
for myself AND any followers who might need it
Yeah, here it is, another of these lists. (sigh)
Let me just put a note in here for the attention of the cautious-minded or skeptical. Every single one of the indicators listed above can mean something entirely different from the “received” definitions in a person or character depending on their individual cultural context and how they were raised at home. When training in psych nursing, my classmates and I were repeatedly warned not to take these generic and frequently misunderstood stances, gestures and mannerisms as they’re “read” in popular culture. Every person, and hence every character, will have their own individualized body language which you must familiarize yourself with to have any hint at all (in the strictly physical sense) about what’s going on in their head. (In this particular regard I’d really like to grab the showrunners on “Lie To Me” and shake some sense into them… but that’s a fantasy for another day.)
There is no magical touchstone, no Rosetta Stone of human kinesics that works cross-culturally or even within specific cultural boundaries; the science is far too subtle, varied, and complex for that. The list above is as likely to be wrong on details for any given person as it is to be right.
So you should give some thought to what you’re doing before you plaster this stuff all over your characters.