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Unconvincing facial expressions,
This review is from: Facial Expressions: A Visual Reference for Artists (Paperback)I bought this book a long time ago and got rid of it soon after so this short review is only from memory. Since I'm now looking again for a similar type of book and this came up in the list, I thought I may as well review it.
The problem for me with this book was that the facial expressions shown were utterly unconvincing and emotionally barren - usually if you see a proper expression you instinctively 'mirror' it both physically and emotionally but that didn't happen at all in this book. The least they could do was get the models to think of something happy/sad/emotive before photographing them but instead it was clear that they'd just been told to pose a happy face, a sad face, or more often than not, a silly/stupid face. I seem to recall one particularly unpleasant photo of a supposedly sad face that was a puppy-dog face gone hideously wrong.
So overall this book was very disappointing and for me a waste of shelf space. I've given it one extra star though because due to the sheer number of expressions shown there is at least the possibility that some genuine emotions may have slipped in and if nothing else an artist could at least study the physical form of a face with this book.