Key Concept: The elusive Stifled Smile is the hardest smile to capture in fine art and animation.
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.
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