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.
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.