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All artists are tired of persuading their nearest and dearest to
look sad…look glad…look mad…madder…no, even
madder…okay, hold it. For those artists (and their
long-suffering friends), here is the best book ever. Facial Expressions
includes more than 2,500 photographs of 50 faces—men and women of a
variety of ages, shapes, sizes, and ethnicities—each
demonstrating a wide range of emotions and shown from multiple angles.
Who can use this book? Oh, only every artist on the planet, including
art students, illustrators, fine artists, animators, storyboarders, and
comic book artists. But wait, there’s more! Additional photos
focus on people wearing hats and couples kissing, while illustrations
show skull anatomy and facial musculature. Still not enough? How about a
one-of-a-kind series of photos of lips pronouncing the phonemes used in
human speech? Animators will swoon—and artists will show a range
of facial expressions from happy to happiest to ecstatic.

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Reviews for Facial Expressions: A Visual Reference for Artists:

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Jan 03, 2009

I got this book because it looked like it would be SO useful. Though it hasn't come of use yet... and I've tried. So summary: its a lot of faces. As it should be.
I want a book with the same idea but with hands...

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Jan 23, 2018

I draw comics and magna and needed a go-to book for expressions. This does 80 percent of the job. There are a good number poses, both mail and female of various ages. I would like to have had more from children and teens, but you can't have everything. Overall, a good solid four stars.
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Aug 05, 2014

I've "read" this book several times. It's headshot after headshot of facial expressions on adults, most of which are exaggerated. I felt I needed a mental reboot on illustrative cartooning so I pulled it out again along with a few others.

This book in my opinion is only good for cartooning and possibly short random visual writing prompts. I use it for the former, hence the stars. It might be useful for practicing facial figure-drawing with no other source available, but it would be difficult to I've "read" this book several times. It's headshot after headshot of facial expressions on adults, most of which are exaggerated. I felt I needed a mental reboot on illustrative cartooning so I pulled it out again along with a few others.

This book in my opinion is only good for cartooning and possibly short random visual writing prompts. I use it for the former, hence the stars. It might be useful for practicing facial figure-drawing with no other source available, but it would be difficult to manage many final works from it.

(Someone with the right series project may be able to manage it, but the faces are really, REALLY cartoonish!) ...more
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Feb 04, 2009

I OhioLINKed this one and flipped through it -- I'm going to get it again if I ever need to draw facial expressions. This book includes hundreds of photos of people of all ages and ethnicities making every face imaginable. No need to try to capture your own grimace in the mirror! There is even a Kissing Gallery, a section on hats, and photos of skulls. Way cool.
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Jun 17, 2016

Cons: small black and white photos, dated hairstyles.

Pros: can help you get an expression quickly without having to take a photo of yourself or a friend. An excellent way to do lots of quick drawings /doodles to get better at sketching.
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Jan 07, 2009

Excellent book for artists. I bought this book for my husband for Christmas and he loved it. It is a great selection of references of all different types of people and the expressions that they make. It has been really helpful in his figure drawing and with his webcomic.
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Jan 13, 2014

Exhaustive, but sometimes you need that when you're searching for reference material. Also, all of the models are adults.
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Mar 21, 2012

This beats having to stare in the mirror and is nice for times that I don't want to search google images. I'm using this book for sketch practice and so far it is working beautifully.
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June 19, 2019

THIS VERSION OF THE BOOK IS VERY LOUSY BECAUSE IT KEEPS FREEZING UP ON ME! I recommend the actual book of this title. The android play book has never worked for me.
5

This is an excellent collection of reference photographs of faces and facial expressions, highly useful.Full Review

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