KEY CONCEPT: Less-than-stellar stylized character design can be brought to life by well-posed facial expressions. Case in point, the two different facial designs of “Sonic the Hedgehog" developed for the recently-released movie.
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.
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.
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.