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Facial Expressions: A Visual Reference for Artists

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  484 ratings  ·  11 reviews
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 r ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Watson-Guptill
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Anna Morgenstern
Sep 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: art
I'm torn about this one, one one hand, it can be very helpful but on the other, it lacks explanation, showcases too many photos on one page which causes you to feel as if you're looking at a series of mug-shots, besides, the abundance of images can render it harder to find what you need. Being in black and white doesn't help either.
However, if you tab it ahead of time and find the expressions you need, it could be a good reference source, I liked having both female and male from a variety of ag
Jan 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
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...

Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Petrie Serrano
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-for-work, owned
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 m
Feb 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: artists
Shelves: nonfiction
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. ...more
Steve Atkinson
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Exhaustive, but sometimes you need that when you're searching for reference material. Also, all of the models are adults. ...more
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art
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. ...more
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