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Character Animation Fundamentals by Steve Roberts

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Animation of Acting – Facial Expressions

Chapter Summary

•   Emotions

•   The Eyes

•   Facial Expressions

•   Head Angle

•   Hand-to-Face Gestures

•   Extreme Close-Ups

•   How to Animate a Piece of Facial Acting

•   Exercises

Humans have the most expressive face in the animal kingdom. With a combination of eight basic expressions we can pull around 5000 different faces, all with slightly different meanings. The majority of these expressions are universal to all human cultures.

The face is used as a signpost to other people. It shows how we are feeling and what we want, or can be used to mask the way we feel. Almost half of our brain is concerned ...

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