March 3, 2009

Back to sketching

Woah how I've neglected my drawing, but thank God I'm back to this. Uploaded some new sketches straight from Hultgren as reference and I started flipping through The Artist's Complete Guide To Facial Expressions.

Wasn't really fond of it, I just got it because I was getting other books on amazon (thank you pell grant) and I came across this which seemed okay. I really wanted a book with a range of emotional expressions, kind of like what Muybridge did for animation (or photography?).

Anyway, there are barely any pictures from real life people, and I'm sure there's a reason for it, I think I skimmed the explanation for it. But...I still felt rather let down that there weren't any real reference photos. I was however delighted at the fact that this book was written with help from actual doctors who helped analyze and describe and really break down different facial expressions and how they come to be (meaning, what muscle tenses up, loosens up, etc.) There are even references to historical figures (you guessed it, Rembrandt!) and many others.

So, quite a nice book if you're in for a nice reading on facial expressions. Not great if you're looking for simply pictures of different emotional expressions (there are pictures, but they're drawn with what seems to be charcoal), also not that great if you want some sort of detailed anatomical explanation for everything. But, it is a nice book to have.

That's it for now, I got other books to but the one I've been dying to read and got: The Complete Fairy Tales Of The Brothers Grimm. Yes.

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