Behind that Mask?
QUIZ: What's Going On
Behind that Mask?
Now that almost everyone is wearing a mask, it's become much harder to read facial expressions. But the eyes can express quite a lot, depending on the emotion. We invite you to test your knowledge of the six basic facial expressions, with the eyes alone "in action."
The Hardest SMILE to Draw
Figure 1. Cartoonist Bill Griffiths tries his hand at the Stifled Smile, using line work only – a difficult task. The Stifled Smile is a real smile where someone is trying to hold it back, deploying lower face muscles like the Chin Raiser and the Triangularis that fight the upward pull (Figure 4). The use of tone would make describing the complex facial topography a bit easier.
One Hour of Action-Packed FACES
Thursday, May 28 from 12:30 to 1:30pm PST
The Six Cardinal Facial Expressions: (clockwise from top) Surprise, Fear, Disgust, Anger, Sadness & Joy
What is the FROWN Threshold?
Figures 1 & 2: The face transforms from neutral to angry when the inner eyebrows lower significantly at a pronounced angle.
Figure 1. The original, beloved "Sonic the Hedgehog" character, developed for the eponymous video game by Sega and released in 1991 was designed by, Naoto Ohshima, who admitted that Sonic's basic design combined Felix the Cat's head with Mickey Mouse's body.
FAKE LAUGHTER always looks fake
Figure 1. Honest-to-goodness laughter is unmistakable. Barack Obama is remarkable for his no-holds-barred, uninhibited laugh. His entire face is either stretched or squeezed up to his eyebrows which are unaffected by all the action.
The Best of 2019
2019 in REVIEW : Forget Lori Loughlin's haughty courtroom post, the upside-down boxes of angry Amazon protesters and the faces of terror on the haunted house visitors. Nope. It was my commentary on three Hollywood actors/characters that captivated Faigin FACE BLOG readers. Here's the 2019 line-up of winners, in descending order:
The Many FACES of Adam Sandler
Pumpkin Carving TIPS
Key Concept: Pumpkins are not as smart as they look. You wield the knife with savvy and you'll get spectacular Jack-O'-Lantern faces.
The Body Language of FEAR!
Key Concept: For fine artists, cartoonists and animators to clearly and unambiguously depict Fear, it is essential to include a protective body stance in concert with a contorted face.
So many faces. So many ways to express emotions. Faigin examines facial expressions in movie stills, cartoons, fine art, illustrations and photographs and shares his insightful analyses in his monthly blog.