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Making Faces: Drawing Expressions For Comics And Cartoons

Making Faces: Drawing Expressions For Comics And Cartoons [Kindle Edition]

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Product Description

Chances are, you already know how to draw some expressions. But face it, your stories can only get so far with "happy," "sad" and "angry." In order to give your characters some character, you need to know what they look like when they're about to sneeze, when they smell something stinky or when they're flirting, horrified or completely blotto. Lucky for you, that's what this book is all about!

Making Faces contains everything you need to give your characters a wide range of expressions!

Part 1: The Basics. How to draw heads, mouths, noses and eyes, and how they change shape when they move.
Part 2: The Faces. Over 50 step-by-step demonstrations for a variety of expressions divided into scenarios. Each scenario shows four or five expressions from a single character, from simple emotions to more subtle and complex variations, so you see how a face changes with each emotion. Sidebars illustrate the same expressions on a variety of other characters.
Part 3: Storytelling.How to move your story along using expression, point of view, body language and composition. See how it all comes together with damsels in distress, a noir-style interrogation, a Western standoff and other situations.

Illustrated with a diverse cast of characters from hobos to superheroes to teenage girls, this guide will help you create the looks that say it all.

About the Author

8fish is an illustration, animation and design studio employing versatile artists and writers who've worked on many types of creative endeavors for over a decade.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7457 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Impact (27 Jun 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GXQX48
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #197,124 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OK for beginners 27 Mar 2011
I am an animation professional and I was looking to develop my facial expression drawing. I got this book because at first glance it seems quite stylistic and informed. However, when it arrived and I flicked through it myself.

The book is a good reference for absolute beginners but for anyone a little more experienced and who is searching for an informed guide to drawing faces efficiently and well, this book is a bad choice.

The book has been written by several artists of various artistic backgrounds, which might seem a good mix but actually in just left the book with a mish mash of varying styles and approaches and alot of the key drawings are not well drawn.

Probably the best book of its kind out there at the minute but its worth the wait for a better one.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just misses out on 5 stars 29 Aug 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Book is about the right price for what you get (currently £10.49). It has an introduction section on how faces are shaped which is well done and then categories of expressions from different styles of artist. These are interesting although, in a few cases, I would struggle to identify the expression if it wasn't written down (a bit like an impressionist saying "Hello, my name is Michael Caine!")
These are very good and cover quite a range and can multitask (I used 'hungover' as a template for 'unwell').
My only suggestion would have been to add a basic drawing of each expression as well as the characterised versions.
All-in-all I am glad I bought it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to see here... 19 Jan 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book a couple years ago, looked through it a couple times. Put it down. Never picked it back up again.

Basically, the book comes off as nothing more than a showcase for the artists involved. You don't get the impression they want to help you learn something as the comments linked to the images feel a bit cocky. And many images don't appear to correspond to the expression they intend to portray. Furthermore, some drawings are re-used for supposedly different expressions.

Some drawings are good, some OK. Either way, I don't think many people will be able to learn much from this book.

I must remember to sell my copy on, or try and give it away...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shiny New Condition 21 Aug 2013
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Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Because of the above, I could only award five stars. The book was exactly what I wanted, so I would purchase from this source again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book just what I needed 18 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The expressions I draw are usually one of the last things I think about, but should be one of the first, This book has helped me create what I want to express in a characters face and I would recommend it to anyone.
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