Work has been intensely busy lately ; the project I'm on is racing towards a deadline , so not too much of my own stuff to post , not even "phone doodles" .
Tim's review really grabbed me :
"As good as other facial expression books have been in the past, my one
complaint with all of them has been that they don't feel genuine. They
aren't real expressions. It's people off the street approximating what
an angry or surprised look is. They also don't take into consideration
body language. (I guess that's two complaints - sorry I miscounted.)
Where this book has the advantage over the others, is that the photos
are of trained actors: Rosie Perez, Hume Cronyn, James Cromwell, Jason
Alexander, to name a few. And the expressions are set up more like
scenes. The actor wasn't told, "Look angry! Now infuriated!! Okay, now
give me bashful." Instead the director said, "You are a man who has
just been told he has inoperable cancer." or "You are a devoted father
watching your handicapped daughter receive her high-school diploma."
The results are incredible."
The book sounds like a super resource for any student of character animation . (anything to make animators look further afield for fresh, authentic expressions and not recycle that same ol' "furrowed-eyebrows-and-pouty-lip" thing and stuff like that which we've seen ad nauseum ad infinitum ... and I include myself as the chief of sinners in that regard)
"You talkin' to me, bub ? "
(hard to teach an old dog new tricks...)