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Face It: A Visual Reference for Multi-ethnic Facial Modeling Paperback – 17 Apr 2013

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press (17 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 024082394X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240823942
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,604,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Dr. Patricia Beckmann Wells, EdD., founder of Bunsella Studios, former head of training and artist development at both Dreamworks SKG and Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios.

Scott Wells, Senior Character Artist, Treyarch/Activision (Call of Duty: Black Ops II)

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Agree with other review, but not in stars.... its overall a genuine letdown; the bulk of the book is reference photography that's sole purpose is to show the profile views etc of ethnicities via examples.

The photography is just awful - so dark, and everyone is shot against a black background.... talk about 'schoolboy error'! No balance/levels... what could have been brilliant in actuality merits a bona fide facepalm.

No matter what the skin tone - especially darker faces though - they entirely disappear into the background.

Some other useful and decent content, but as a facial, ethnic profile reference it falls flat on its face. If only I'd seen a 'parka' style flickthrough of this before ordering...
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Format: Paperback
What should have been a five star book is seriously let down by the standard of the photography.
I bought this hoping it would be the perfect reference for portrait sculpting and study, but as soon as I opened it - large profile images in near darkness! Why? The information on offer is excellent and there are great skull reference photos but anything resembling dark skin is lost against a dark background with poor lighting.(The head measurements along side every model nearly makes up for it!)
It should definitely be on any artists reference shelf, but for the sake of a little tweak before going to print, should have been great.
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HASH(0x932fd9a8) out of 5 stars Great Book, BUT... 3 May 2013
By Sven - Published on Amazon.com
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wow i was so excited about this book to use for sculpting reference. the content is Great, kudos to the Authors; however, shame on Focal Press for making the Photographic images (which make up the MAJORITY of this book) SO so dark that its un useable! again great content but the reference photos, mainly the profile photos are ALL so dark that in most, the chin disappears into black space. i have many Focal Press books and some are great and some are dark, apparently No quality control before they go to print. i really should give this 1 star, but im so impressed by the content that the authors tried to provide, i gave them the 3 stars. If the photos were 40-50% brighter, this would be a Full 5 star book. the pages are nice smooth press, well bound, great layout. I can tell this is not the fault of the authors, it is clearly a print issue.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x932fdbf4) out of 5 stars One of a kind 26 April 2013
By Renaud Galand - Published on Amazon.com
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As a 3D modeler, I bought this book without knowing much about it. I just knew I wanted some reference material for sculpting heads from all around the world and this book is clearly the only one I've found that gives you that. The book covers some basic anatomy differences between ethnicity by focusing on the skull and its shapes. I wish the analysis was pushed further and also explained through photos of real people (to really understand what are the main differences at each anatomical level).
The pictures are clear and sharp with many angles for each head (and there is a LOT of them!). Although, I regret the black and white choice. One of the key element when you talk about ethnicity is skin tones and I would have love to get a general break down for each ethnicity in term of color variations and shades. I'm yet to find a good book talking about this in detail! (Maybe for the V2.0?).

Good book overall, I was just expecting something a little bit more elaborate.

Still worth the price!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x932fdbb8) out of 5 stars Excellent reference book 14 April 2013
By Sculptor - Published on Amazon.com
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This book contains turn-arounds of over 100 models. This is the first book I have found to do this, and it is tremendously valuable to a sculptor. Each face is partnered with measurements, so I can sculpt, then use my calipers to judge accuracy of shape.

I greatly appreciate the variety of skulls included. The forensic data is fascinating, and provides insight to the characteristics portrayed. Each skull is also in full turn-around, which is tremendously helpful. I laughed a bit when I saw that the bald men had an extra photo attached, allowing me to see the back of the head/skull. Very nice touch.

The 3d tutorials are explicit and valuable. They provide real world comparison between models, and many photos. I have been able to follow along quite well. Actually, this has been more interesting for my traditional work.

The web site includes several photos from the book. This is helpful for the darker toned models so that you can see more detail.
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HASH(0x932fdeac) out of 5 stars Very low quality of kindle edition! 18 Oct. 2013
By Tranquillity - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Kindle edition of this necessary book near to unusable because very bad images quality. Especially unreadable text below the pictures and all digits in all tables. Because of it I can't receive the important information containing in the book for which paid. I sent message about this problem to tech support, month ago, but nothing changes. Probably I'll must buy hard copy of this book.. because this book is needed to me for practical use.
By Crayon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was pleased with this book. The photos in my edition were not too dark, and the caliper measurements were awesome to work with. I have been looking for a reference book like this for a long time.
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