FACIAL EXPRESSION Demonstrations
Gary Faigin demonstrating the muscles of the mouth for CG artists at Digital Domain | Vancouver. Photo by Frankie Stellato, 2016.
"Recently, Gary gave a two-day lecture on facial expressions at Laika. His passion for the subject was contagious and his presentations were both engaging and interactive. Anyone looking to gain knowledge of facial expression whether for fine art or for animation would benefit from seeing Gary's demonstrations."
Brad Schiff, Animation Supervisor
Laika | Portland
"Here at Framestore, Gary Faigin's book, "The Artist's Complete Guide to Facial Expression" has been a wonderful source of knowledge and inspiration in the construction and animation of many of our beloved characters; from Paddington bear and Rocket Raccoon, to Kreacher and Dobby from the Harry Potter films.
Max Solomon, VFX Animation Supervisor
Framestore | London
Faigin’s visually-comprehensive demonstrations offer a concise and intensive guide to the fundamental skills needed to master expression on the stylized face.
Demo 1 | The Movement of Individual Facial Units - 3 hours
Since most CG artists start with individual facial units rather than the face as a whole, this demonstration focuses on the two most critical features of the face: the eyes and the mouth. Faigin draws their most important individual movements in the context of individual muscles, with emphasis on the surface changes they create.
Demo 2 | Facial Expressions of Emotion - 3 hours
Faigin uses the facial units introduced in Demonstration One to build a series of emotion-based expressions. Each one of the six cardinal expressions is demonstrated at various levels, from subtle to extreme.
Demo 3 | Advanced Concepts - 3 Hours
Animators love to push the envelope regarding building new characters. What are the limits of character design if one is still to preserve the expressiveness of the face? What are the minimum elements necessary? Which parts of the face can be changed radically, and which need to retain a strong resemblance to their human counterparts?