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Index: Preparation for Face Sculpting Marathon
|Review of Faces and Figures|
02/18/08 Update: The Avi files are being made into movies to go up on
02-18-08 - Need to do for YouTube. 11-20-04: Ugly Face Sculpting Demo Ulrike in Germany shot 17 avi files: Regular faces made over the SKULL FORM and then making goblins, demons and other scary faces by adding mass or changing number of features.
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=227BF88F71F572BC 14 YouTube videos using avi files from Ulrike in Germany for Josana. From the aluminum foil armature, muscles made of leaf shapes, clay fabric, TLS hair.Rambles and Tute Links:
Forensics and Sculpting Ramble about how to use Forensics as a base for your sculpting of faces.
Ok, there's a number of sites that examine the different facial expressions that denote emotion. Check the links below and look at the pictures that are there.
1. Happiness: Mouth smiles open or closed, cheeks puff, eyes narrow.
2. Sadness: Mouth corners pull down, brows incline, upper eyelids droop.
3. Surprise: Brows raise up and arch, upper eyelids raise, jaw drops.
4. Fear: Brows raise and draw together, upper eyelids raise, lower eyelids tense upwards, jaw drops, mouth corners go out and down.
5. Anger: Inner brows pull together and down, upper eyelids raise, nostrils may flare, lips are closed tightly or open exposing teeth.
6. Disgust: Middle portion of upper lip pulls up exposing teeth, inner brows pull together and down, nose wrinkles.
Let's not leave out
7. Interest: Eyes open, eyebrows up, mouth may be open.
Emotion and Facial Expression
Emotions revealed: recognizing facial expressions
For an earlier Ramble about facial expressions check this page:
Ok, so let's be generous and say there's 9 basic universal facial expressions:
Ok, this is a question for the ClayMates who are planning on taking part in
the Face Sculpting Marathon this next week end.
That's what I did with the half dozen Kai Faces in Faux Wood.
But before we do all that let's give those facial expressions some thought. Set up a mirror by your computer monitor and make faces at yourself. What do you look like when you smell something awful? What you do look like when you're surprised? Note the changes on your own face.
That's how I got Lobster Lady Giving It Effort...
knowing if I was making faces in a mirror and working on her that I'm ticked off about something or another.
So we're going to start out with faces that have no emotional content. The slightest alteration of that face would give loads of messages. Look at the Mona Lisa, she's not laughing with her eyes squinted shut,
mouth wide open, head thrown back. She's sort of smiling, giving her an air of mystery. It's a subtle shift of the shadows under her eyes that add to the sides of her mouth that are pulled back just slightly that suggest a smile. What feeling would give such an enigmatic smile?
I love positioning the iris of the eyes to the sides, as if to be looking askance. When someone moves their eyes and not their whole head what are they saying? That who ever they are spying on must not realize they are being watched? There's distrust or collusion going on in the person's mind?
Learning how to sculpt faces is the first step. The second step is to make that face have some sort of emotional expression so the face has life. God Save Me from dolls that look overly drugged, Children of the Damned no emotion stares. Down right creepy they are.
When we get a face with an emotional expression we can set that face on a figure doing something, in a scene that builds the story bit by bit.
What would you think of scene where the mother is in the kitchen rolling out pie crust with no emotion on her face. Stepford Wives? She's not happy? She's going to bean her husband with the rolling pin when he gets home?
Take that same mother in the kitchen rolling out the pie crust with the look of Lobster Lady. Now we know she's going to bean her husband on the noggin.
Take that same mother in the kitchen rolling out pie crust and have her weeping. Have an open letter on the counter next to a picture of an adult child. That would speak volumes.
Now take that same mother in the kitchen rolling out the pie crust smiling sweetly, looking askance, a child playing "cook" near by. Now that's a whole other story.
We can effect the viewer's emotions with our work just changing the corners of the mouth of the face on the figures in our scenes. Empathy takes hold. People feel things when they look at them. If we are going to
touch people's hearts let's be deliberate in how we evoke emotions from the viewers of our scenes.
For me.. I love softly smiling mothers looking sweetly at their babies.
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