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Making Faces: Drawing Expressions For Comics And Cartoons Paperback – July 25, 2008
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About the Author
8fish is a jack-of-all-trades creative workshop that has been producing mind-blowing animation, design and illustration for over ten years. The secret to 8fish's success is a fiesty team of incredibly talented and versatile artists who constantly challenge themselves and each other. Their clients include Nickelodeon, Writer's Digest, Wendy's, Direct TV, Franklin Covey, among others.
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The goal of "Making Faces" is to teach the eager student of drawing how to draw facial expressions - specifically, to get beyond the big expressions like, as the book says, "happy," "sad" and "angry" and be able to communicate more subtle emotions. Here, the author (8Fish, an animation/design/illustration group) attempt to do this via an exaggerated, cartoony style meant to help those interested in comic book and cartoon illustration. The book begins with some words of wisdom (principles behind expressions, the tools of the trade, basic facial features and construction) and then gets into little mini "tutorials" for drawing expressions based on different scenarios (a superhero slugfest, for example, or a first date). Here they focus on one or two characters in each scenario and discuss how to portray their expressions. The final chapter focuses on storytelling, encompassing body language, page layouts, etc.
The Good: There are some great tips in this book, everything from how to slowly build up a drawing with light sketches first and then darken what you want to emphasize, all the way to how to maintain an expression when a character you're drawing is far away (something I've always had a problem figuring out). Also, the methods presented for how to initially construct a face are well presented and easy to learn overall.
The Bad: For all of that, what this book offers is a little too shallow and fast.Read more ›
Because expressions are more extreme in cartoons, you learn what to
do easily. I plan to use these skills in making drawings for carving
caricature figures. Neat stuff.
Despite the fact that the art in this book is excellent, it's not a coffee table book, nor is it an art showcase for the authors. This book is designed for the beginner to intermediate level artist who wants to get a good understanding of what happens when a human face goes about the business of describing emotions and feelings.
The book consists of 2 main parts. The first part is an illustrated breakdown and explanation of individual facial features. In other words, a step-by-step approach to drawing expressive eyes, noses, chins, etc. All the essentials are presented and thoroughly covered with the underlying anatomy taken into consideration. The second part shows how all these parts of the face work together to convey a believable character expression.
My favorite part of the book is where the authors created a character for each set of emotions and dedicated a page spread to each expression. Each spread is a step-by-step drawing tutorial with a short paragraph of useful instructions for every step.
I wanted to improve my confidence and skill in sketching and drawing cartoon expressions and this book did the job perfectly. Big thanks to the authors and the publisher for putting it together.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book for teaching expressions. I recommend this!Published 1 month ago by Vanessa WoolvertonJohnson
Very well written and easy to comprehend. I really like that it is trying to teach you to draw your own characters using the knowledge of expressions they teach your rather than... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dr. Jelly
Easy to take what they have here for a good foundation to break off into other areas. Great for beginners.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
very sexist drawings of women...and little or no women illustrators. Be wary of purchasing for young illustrators.Published 5 months ago by Emily Dimov Gottshall
The book is okay but I expected more complex facial expressions. I have taken photographs of my wife with different expressions in frontal, side and 3/4 views that helped me... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jesus Ramos Jr.
Enjoying this book! I'm a beginner and this book really helped me!Published 6 months ago by baadchic
Mediocre advice... or more aptly put-- rudimentary insight. I was not overwhelmed with the insight presented by the multiple authors and found their representations to be very... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Rogue Bandit of Bog