Workshop: Facial Expressions

This workshop looked at first hand observation of facial expressions as well as transitioning between them. This was in preparation of my self-portrait animation exercise.

These are two sketches from the workshop that I’m most likely to follow up on. The first isn’t a self portrait but was supposed to demonstrate amusement to hysteria and anger to fear. When I was given the idea for the first one, I had Picolo from Porco Rosso flash through my mind, so I quickly sketched this Miyazaki-esqe character. I’d really quite like to animate this one at some point. I see it as he’s waiting for someone to do something stupid before slamming his hand on the table and burst into laughter. He’d move his head slowly forward in anticipation for the big moment then dip his head down before leaning right back to laugh. The line of action would go from a tight hunch to flicked right back.

My self portrait on the right is a transition from being zoned out to very sudenly aware as if being caught out for day dreaming in english class at school and being picked on for a question (something im familiar with). I drew this when I noticed my face wrinkle as I leaned on my hand. Going from that hunched position again with the face squashed against the hand to the bolt up right with a dropped jaw I thought was interesting. There would be a nice twist as well as it goes from looking out the window to dead ahead.


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