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.
Don't get Panicked about ANXIETY
"Only have EYES for You"
Figures 1, 2 & 3. What do these 3 stylized characters have in common? They are limited to their eyes alone to express their emotional state. The robot’s expression is highly ambiguous; Spiderman’s obliquely-shaped eye opening appears aggressive; Eve’s expression of Joy, missing her mouth, is handicapped without the addition of body language and sound.
Damsels in DISTRESS
Figures 1 & 2: Actresses Lori Loughlin (left) Felicity Huffman (right), as depicted by the courtroom artist, Mona Shafer Edwards. Note the very different facial expressions of the two defendants; only one looks distressed,
Don't be SAD, get MAD!
Figure 1: (left) NYC protesters display upside-down Amazon logo "smiles" with added dot "eyes" to express their disapproval of the company's plan to expand their operations to Queens; Figure 2 (right) the author has modified the protesters' signs to create angrier, more threatening, Amazon frowns and eyes.
EMOJIS 1 : Anger & Surprise
Figure 1: A quick clip of emojis on the web show a variety of artistic interpretations of two of the cardinal facial expressions - Anger & Surprise.
The BEST of 2018
Figure 1. The charming and beautiful young Carrie Fisher/Princess Leia, alive and in the flesh.
"Avengers: Infinity War":
THANOS Artist Interview
Figure 1. Thanos, a CGI superhero character, stars in the "Avengers : Infinity War" film.
Robot FACES of the Future
Figure 1. Is it a plane? Is it a bird? Nope. It's the Trump Baby balloon, conceived by artist Matt Bonner and launched on July 13 in London.
This past July, a six-meter baby blimp, sporting President Trump's signature blond hair and holding a cellphone in its tiny hands, was launched into the skies of central London as part of a protest against the President's visit to the U.K.
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.