THE KEY CONCEPT : In a closed mouth smile, by far the most important feature is the very outer section of the line between the lips which should angle sharply upwards.
The Secret of the SMILE
Figure 1: The laugh heard around the world. Barack Obama has a particularly demonstrative and wholehearted laugh. When he is especially amused, his lips are stretched to the maximum by the smiling muscle, exposing the dark gaps to the outside of the teeth. The broad smile always exceeds the width of the teeth, which curve much more sharply into the skull than is evident from the outside. The caricaturist has also focused on the eye squint and Obama's showy, projecting ears.
The BEST of 2017
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.