Mark Simon owns A&S Animation, a cel animation house, and Animatics & Storyboards, the largest storyboard house in the south. His previous books include Facial Expressions and Storyboards: Motion in Art. He lives in Orlando, Florida.
Facial Expressions: A Visual Reference for Artistsby Mark Simon
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,
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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A great resource for any artist and especially animators. Besides having a wide variety of ethnicities you get expressions ranging from ages 20 to 83. There are extra galleries featuring headgear, kissing and even phonemes. I find this book very useful.
I loved this book! There are sooo many faces! His black and white photos portray a gamut of emotions and angles. I didn't like that the photos were only a couple of inches tall because it made the values appear muddled. In addition, the models always seemed to be facing the same directions (almost never their left, strangely). Lastly, of all the hat-wearers in the back of the book, there's not one person in a cowboy hat! They have a guy in a space helmet, but no cowboy hat! C'mon. It's an iconic hat, is all. The kissing couple was informative. We get to see how two people interact. A very good facial reference...
I highly recommend this book as it has a myriad of expressions in different angles and such. Its great for studying expressions and getting some practice with perspective. I also recommend the other book he has that's infants-teens. That one is great too because it has other great tools such as age progression photos in the back.
Got this book for my husband who is an artist and he thinks it would be great for his work in drawing, painting and illustration.
It's a really cool book, but for me it's a bit glitchy. But as I said, still good!
Highly glitchy; crashes more often than it's worth.