CLASS | Rigging Facial Expresssions in Maya
CLASS #1: INTRO TO FACIAL EXPRESSION & MOVEMENTS OF THE UPPER FACE
Introduction to Facial Expression - Why it’s important, how it’s universal, and examples from art and photojournalism; recent research on human expression and what it tells us; how facial muscles work; active areas of the face.
The Eyes & Brow – Neutral Eyes and Eyebrows; Position of the Lids: Opening the Upper Eyelid; Raising the Lower Lid; the Squint; Rotation of the Eye; Muscles of the Brow: Eyebrow Raiser; Introduction to Maya
Assignment #1: Posing the Muscle Movements around the Eye (Part #1).
CLASS #2: MOVEMENTS OF THE UPPER FACE (Continued.)
The Upper Face Muscles - The Frown; The Glare; The Brow of Distress
Assignment #2: Posing the Muscle Movements around the Eye (Part #2).
CLASS #3: MOVEMENTS OF THE MOUTH (Part 1)
The Closed Mouth - Sneering Muscle; Smiling Muscle; Frowning Muscle; Pouting Muscle; Lip Tightener
Assignment #3: Posing Closed-Mouth Movements.
CLASS #4: MOVEMENTS OF THE MOUTH (Part 2)
The Open Mouth - Relaxed Mouth; Lower Lip Stretcher; Snarl/ Disgust; Smile
Assignment #4: Posing Open-Mouth Movements.
CLASS #5: THE CARDINAL EXPRESSIONS—SURPRISE and FEAR
Surprise & Fear - Posing Expressions – Coordinating Eyes and Mouth; Levels of Intensity; The difference between Surprise and Fear; Posing Surprise; Posing Fear
Assignment #5: Posing Surprise and Fear.
CLASS #6: THE CARDINAL EXPRESSIONS—SADNESS
Sadness - The Basics of Sadness – Crying vs. merely Sad; Posing Crying; Posing Sadness; Various Degrees of Sadness
Assignment #6: Posing Sadness.
CLASS #7: THE CARDINAL EXPRESSIONS—ANGER
Anger - The Basics of Anger – starts with the Eye; Closed-mouth Anger – Various Levels of Intensity; Open-mouth Anger – Variety of Mouth Positions
Assignment #6: Posing Anger.
CLASS #8: THE CARDINAL EXPRESSIONS—DISGUST and JOY
Disgust & Joy - The Basics of Disgust: The 3 Active Areas; Posing Disgust – Open Mouth; The Basics of Joy – Eye/Mouth Agreement; Posing the Closed-Mouth Smile
Assignment #8: Posing Disgust and the Closed-mouth Smile.
CLASS #9: THE CARDINAL EXPRESSIONS—JOY (Cont.)
Joy - The Broad Smile; The Laugh; Varieties of the Smile: Sly, Bittersweet, Eager & Fake
Assignment #9: Posing Varieties of the Smile & Laugh; Finding Expressions on the Web.
CLASS #10: FINAL REVIEW
Final review, critique & course summary
"Gary Faigin provides a nuanced and engaging account of all the elements essential in creating and understanding cardinal facial expressions. Faigin brings years of research and expertise which shows through the way he teaches and his attention to the details that make a facial expression read clearly."
Bryan D., UW Student 2017
Gary has broken down the face and its expressions into a science so artists, and even non-artists, can fully understand it.”
Ali Roberts, UW Student 2017