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 Best of 2019
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.
Good Grief! Bad GRIEF!
The Key Concept: Expressing true grief requires the whole face to contort. Botox freezes the forehead and negates this expression.
No CROWN for "The Lion King"
THE KEY CONCEPT: The hyper-realistic CGI remake of Disney's "The Lion King" is lacking one essential ingredient - highly expressive faces!
SAD Doggy? Smart Doggy!
THE KEY CONCEPT : Scientists have discovered a special muscle that makes dogs look sad. It gives animators permission to apply this pattern to far more faces than just canines.
Don't get Panicked about ANXIETY
THE KEY CONCEPT : To depict a particular facial expression, it’s all about the specific pattern of the eyes, the mouth and the brows; everything else is window dressing.
"Only have EYES for You"
THE KEY CONCEPT : When designing characters with only their eyes visible, their most successful range of expressions is limited to Anger and Sadness.
Damsels in DISTRESS
THE KEY CONCEPT: When depicting the facial expression of Distress, 90% of the information is contained in 15% of the face - the rest of the face and the body goes along for the ride.
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.