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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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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.

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🔹 Catrinka 🔹
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
An excellent book concept for artists, but photo quality needs improvement
Reviewed in the United States on June 29, 2017
The concept of this book has so much going for it and I give kudos to the author for compiling so many potentially helpful photos from all angles. I was really looking forward to the benefits it would offer me in sculpting, drawing, and painting. Unfortunately,... See more
The concept of this book has so much going for it and I give kudos to the author for compiling so many potentially helpful photos from all angles. I was really looking forward to the benefits it would offer me in sculpting, drawing, and painting.

Unfortunately, though, the black-and-white photos aren''t of particularly good quality and it''s difficult to see some detail that would be helpful in many of the photos. There are 16 photos to each page which definitely limits their size; but even viewing them under some of the professional magnifiers I own, the detail is not sharp enough in many cases to be helpful.

This is actually the only negative I have of the book -- in every other aspect, I''d rate it 5-stars. But, poor photo quality in a book that is only comprised of photos is a BIG negative. My 3-star rating is actually an "okay" -- which is what I feel the book is. There''s a lot of good stuff in the book, but it''s offset by the photo quality in my opinion.

Despite the photo quality, there is much to love about this book if you''re an artist attempting to convey some form of expression of the human face. There are LOADS of faces (2,500 apparently -- I didn''t count them, but that''s what the book promises). The best part of all of these faces is that they''re making various expressions--some typical, some bizarrely exaggerated--and they show that person''s head/face from all different angles (the various angles of the same expression is very beneficial for sculpting the human head). There are front views, various angles of side views, views looking downward at the face, and others with head tilted back so you''re seeing the chin stretch (and, frankly, looking up the nose). The photos are of both males and females, include various ethnicities, and are broken into age ranges of 20s through early 80s.

Besides the expressive faces, there are also a few pages that show sequential expressions, the position of the mouth/lips while expressing phonemes, kissing positions, and various types of hats and headgear. There''s also a small section at the beginning that shows the skull as well as the underlying muscles of the face (but, again, the photo quality isn''t very good there).

I was initially disappointed when I received the book and considered returning it. However, I''ve decided that I''ll likely find some benefit from some of the photos. I''m hopeful that Mr. Simon may decide to publish some version of it again with better photo quality. If he does, I''ll buy.
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Six Anne Mercer
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Excellent condition and a must have artist''s reference!
Reviewed in the United States on August 12, 2021
I bought this book used under the "good" category, meaning one step above heavily used, old and damaged. If I could put a stamp on it I would have put "very good" (and the only reason I can''t stamp it higher is because it''s been used gently and isn''t "like new" meaning no... See more
I bought this book used under the "good" category, meaning one step above heavily used, old and damaged. If I could put a stamp on it I would have put "very good" (and the only reason I can''t stamp it higher is because it''s been used gently and isn''t "like new" meaning no damage or use at all). It''s in excellent condition. I highly recommend buying things from Goodwill. Some of them even make donations to Raster Seals or some charity from the sale of what you buy.
That out of the way, I clearly bought this because I''m am artist and this is a must have reference for anyone who does really any medium of art that has ant semblance of a human face in it, or monsters or character animals etc. It helps with gestures, expressions glasses sun glasses, hats/headgear of literally any means (ethnic headdress, Sombrero, sports face masks, hats, visors and helmets, snorkel and scuba headgear, safety masks such as gas masks, COVID/medical masks 😷 etc. And it shows them in different positions).
There is even a section of two people kissing, a few full pages of them in different types of embrace from the shoulders up which also shows their hands and that''s so helpful.
There''s a section for phonemes. The way different people look when making the sounds words make. Especially vowels. And there''s expressions showing different types of emotions, yelling, grimacing anger, laughter, you name it.
The book is absolutely packed with 3 pages for each model (sometimes 2) and then examples of absolutely astounding ways artists have used their likeness from one or more of their pictures in their sculpture, comic, painting, drawing...
253 pages of non stop headsets from all different angles with all different expressions from the skull with muscles and without which is really cool all diagramed hen with a page of pictures for each.. And models of all ages of very uniquely different people young and old.
The only thing I didn''t see was children.
That would probably fill another book this size if done by this amazing author.
He was VERY kind as to not only thank the models in the front of the book, but he listed all of their contacts should anyone want to use them for more of their work. He also listed all the artists and their websites and contacts and gave them very kind praise for their skill and talent of imagination and creativity.
So....this is one heck of a reference that EVERY artist should have on their shelf (mine rarely gets put away which accounts to a lot of the wear you might see in the pictures). Although if your groove is painting watercolor meadows full of beautiful flowers, or oil paintings of giant landscapes, maybe you could pass on this. Otherwise, if you can, don''t pass this one up. If I could, I would give it 10 stars. It''s absolutely fantastic.
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Juan Pablo Forero
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A great tool for any artist that likes portraits or works any kind of characters for any type of medium, cartoons, movies, etc.
Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2017
I have the digital and the paper version and I really like it but there is one important factor that makes me put it 4 starts. The paper version is very good, but SMALL photos (I usually have to scan the photo and print it again so I can work easily, that''s why the 4 starts... See more
I have the digital and the paper version and I really like it but there is one important factor that makes me put it 4 starts. The paper version is very good, but SMALL photos (I usually have to scan the photo and print it again so I can work easily, that''s why the 4 starts for the paper version). So I decided to get the digital version, because I thought, "well, maybe they show bigger pictures, easier to work". Wrong, the digital version has exactly the same photo size but guess what, I cannot scan it and print them, so not very good. It still works fine, you can use a phone or tablet to see the picture and zoom it a bit without losing too much detail.

But about the book, if you are an artist, and you like to get a big selection of faces with different expressions, get this, is very good, there are people of all ages (I don''t recall seen children now that I think about this), from young to old people, doing all kind of gestures in different positions and some examples (just a few) of what other artists have done with them. The people in the book do the same expression and they have photos in different angles. Then another expression and the same. There are a lot of photos to chose from of every subject, I don''t remember how much but enough to have a good selection. I have used many times, and I don''t regret buying it, I BUY IT TWICE, what else I can say. I just wish the digital one was better.
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Andre Lawrence
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Classic Work Needs Improvement
Reviewed in the United States on November 18, 2017
While I see the importance of this kind of book, I''m a bit disappointed that the author didn''t update this work. The good: + Plenty of pictures + All age groups from the 20''s -80''s + Many races + Good selection of expressions... See more
While I see the importance of this kind of book, I''m a bit disappointed that the author didn''t update this work.

The good:

+ Plenty of pictures
+ All age groups from the 20''s -80''s
+ Many races
+ Good selection of expressions

- Needs Improvement.
- Pictures look dated
- Pictures are dark and fuzzy.
- Pictures are a bit small.

It''s time for the author (or someone else) to make a better version of this book.
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Joy
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Decent Reference, Poor Photo Quality
Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2018
This photo is a decent reference, but I don''t find myself using it often. The photos are very small and the lighting is poor. I thought the paper would be thick and glossy, but it is thin and matte, almost like newspaper. The photos seem to be of "regular" people, which... See more
This photo is a decent reference, but I don''t find myself using it often. The photos are very small and the lighting is poor. I thought the paper would be thick and glossy, but it is thin and matte, almost like newspaper. The photos seem to be of "regular" people, which makes it more realistic, but I would have appreciated having at least a couple professional models in the mix. Speaking of professional, based on the looks of the photos they don''t seem to have been taken by a professional photographer. So in the end you have a book of tiny black and white photos of amateurs taken by amateurs.
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Selena Amaro
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
One of my favorite reference books..
Reviewed in the United States on August 9, 2021
I got recommended this by another friend who I had address my issue on finding a visual reference of expressions from different people, gender and all. And boy, she didn’t fail me. This book has young adults to elderly, each model having three pages of... See more
I got recommended this by another friend who I had address my issue on finding a visual reference of expressions from different people, gender and all.

And boy, she didn’t fail me.
This book has young adults to elderly, each model having three pages of worthy expressions that are fun to sketch. All photos are from the neck up, giving different perspectives and facial expressions. They even have a little gallery of kissing, wearing hats, and mouths showing certain ways of how to say a vowel or consonant.

My only consis that I was hoping for them to input children expressions in, but I will take what I got with all the other models.
The photo quality could be considered average if you are looking for in-depth details of the face to be clear. Not the best, but I manage with it just fine.
Another thing would be that they don’t identify which facial expressions are which, but I don’t mind since I can tell through common sense on most.

Other than that, I fully recommend getting if you are looking for visual references of expressions to use! :)
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Christina Bindas
2.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Extremely poor photo quality
Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2020
I was really excited to receive this book and equally disappointed upon opening it; I should have read the reviews. The photos are tiny which is even speeds because the print quality is extremely poor. Imagine an old faded newspaper for Lilliputians.... See more
I was really excited to receive this book and equally disappointed upon opening it; I should have read the reviews.

The photos are tiny which is even speeds because the print quality is extremely poor. Imagine an old faded newspaper for Lilliputians.

The only way I’d be able to use it as a reference would be to take a photo, edit it and then print it out. For every single face? That’s unacceptable.

I’ll be returning the book.
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Sean Harrington
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
I found this to be a great reference book for drawing.
Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2016
I found this to be a great reference book for drawing. There are a wide variety of models of all ages and a good variety of facial types. I personally liked the mix of facial expressions, from the normal everyday to the more exaggerated emotions. One thing that I... See more
I found this to be a great reference book for drawing. There are a wide variety of models of all ages and a good variety of facial types. I personally liked the mix of facial expressions, from the normal everyday to the more exaggerated emotions. One thing that I particularly liked was that the expressions were shown from multiple angles, including side views, which is uncommon in face reference sets. So, if you''re looking for a good solid set of reference photos, I recommend this book.
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Dr. C. D. Connaughton
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Not as good as I hoped.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 7, 2021
The reason that I was disappointed was that the title of the book suggests that you can find a facial expression for whatever mood you might choose. However, there is no connecting link given (that I could find) between the mood and expression. What I mean is that all the...See more
The reason that I was disappointed was that the title of the book suggests that you can find a facial expression for whatever mood you might choose. However, there is no connecting link given (that I could find) between the mood and expression. What I mean is that all the expressions are listed and all the faces are shown but I cannot connect say, "angry" to which face shows anger. I have to figure out myself which is an angry face. Unless I missed something, that is. I had hoped that a psychologist would have had some input to make the connections.
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Lady_Hyena
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Just referances
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 11, 2020
I was hoping for more about the expressions and the changes between them, but it is pretty much just a book of photos with differant expressions. I''m going to keep it because I think I can create a few exercises of my own using it.
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heaven
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
excellent reference book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 2, 2019
I can understand why cartoonists welcome this book with the huge range of expressions it covers, I found it helpful in drawing the face from a whole range of positions, something I find difficult when I do life drawing if the model goes into angular poses , so good...See more
I can understand why cartoonists welcome this book with the huge range of expressions it covers, I found it helpful in drawing the face from a whole range of positions, something I find difficult when I do life drawing if the model goes into angular poses , so good reference book.
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5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Excellent resource
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 1, 2021
I am finding this book to be constantly useful. Less hours trawling away online looking for a specific expression etc. Less requests that my family pose for me! Also particularly like the section on facial expressions when speaking.
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G. Whyman
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Useful rather than essential
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 7, 2007
This is a useful but not essential reference book for the artist. There is a comprehensive range of models of various ages depicting an array of expressions though it is at times difficult to know which ones they''re supposed to be! It would have been helpful if the author...See more
This is a useful but not essential reference book for the artist. There is a comprehensive range of models of various ages depicting an array of expressions though it is at times difficult to know which ones they''re supposed to be! It would have been helpful if the author had listed the expression under each photo instead of having to cross reference a list at the front of the book. I think it''s unfair, as a previous reviewer wrote, to label all the people as ''ugly''. They are, by and large, ordinary looking people you''d probably see in the street and many have faces full of character. Who would want to buy a book full of unnaturally beautiful or bland faces to work from? I checked out the Fairburn system too; it''s out of print and if you do find a set of books it''s very expensive (over £100). This is an inexpensive alternative - cheap and cheerful - but I can''t help think that you''d be better of with a handily placed mirror to work from or, better still, a digital camera to take pictures of yourself for reference.
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