MEET the AUTHOR | Facial Expression Book
"Think of the face as being like the key solo instrument in a symphony or orchestra. In a concerto, the soloist can carry the melody, as can the full orchestra along with the soloist. Likewise the face can act alone to communicate sadness, fear, or pleasure, but more often its message is reinforced by the action of the rest of the body."
In the early-80s, Gary Faigin set out to research a book on facial expression specifically for artists. Six years later, Faigin delivered his illustrated manuscript to Watson-Guptill, the largest art instruction publishing house in the U.S. "The Artist's Complete Guide to Facial Expression" came out in 1990 and became the standard reference book on the subject of depicting the expressive face for artists and animators around the world.
Since it was first published, "The Artist's Complete Guide to Facial Expression" has sold over 175,000 copies, been translated into eight languages and been reprinted 24 times. It is currently available in softcover and as an e-book.
With the advent of digital animation and video games, Faigin's book became a classic in the CG industry. For nearly three decades, using the book's copious illustrations and descriptive text, digital artists have developed uniquely expressive character creations in iconic movies such as Shrek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Dragonheart, as well as many more cinematic projects.
Enthusiastic users of the book also include cartoonists, portrait artists, forensic artists, puppeteers, actors, clowns and art directors, as well as special education teachers, speech/language pathologists, occupational therapists, psychologists and plastic surgeons.
If you are interested in his book, check out the FAIGIN FACE BLOG . Pithy, insightful and educational, Faigin's monthly postings analyze faces and facial expressions in movies and the news.
In addition, Faigin offers an on-line class in facial expression, as well as presents lectures, demonstrations and workshops to animators in professional studios and college programs.
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