The muscles of the face, as you've probably discovered, have almost nothing to do with the final form of the face
In human anatomy for artists, most of the time, facial muscles do not create the form itself but influence the form change. In other words, they are just moving the masses instead of being the masses. Therefore, it turns out, that it is not only important to explain the anatomy, but also the relationship between the anatomy and form.
In anatomy for artists books. Before I start making a new book, I always ask myself: "What do I need as an artist?" There aren’t many books about facial anatomy that explain not only the muscles but also the form of the face. Consequently, this is the information and knowledge that is actually important for sculptors and 3D modelers. Therefore, using references, either photos or live models, are about copying nature. However, in my own experience, the key to success isn’t found in only copying nature and studying anatomy, but most importantly – understanding it. If you understand the actual form and how it’s created, it gives you, as an artist, a lot of creative freedom. This anatomy book is made with that purpose –
Understanding gives artistic freedom!
The book is going to explain what makes the major Ethnic groups distinct from each other. Look, sometimes I hear statements such as: “this face looks a bit Asian” but what makes a face look Asian? Is it the eyes, the curvature of a face, nose? What are those features and how can I create them?
Or, for instance, sometimes people say: “this face looks older, or this girl's face looks too masculine.” But the real question is, what are those things that make a face look masculine or older? Maybe it’s the nasolabial fold, maybe it’s the jawline?
The head and neck have changing structures. There are many variations and it's good!
In order to be a successful artist, it’s not enough to know how to create a realistic and still Caucasian male face. Even thou the sculpture David by Michelangelo is extraordinary. It can't be used every single time. Faces, as all know, are a very changing structure. First of all, it’s rarely static, and there are many factors that make us look different besides emotions. Such as
Gender - male and female:
In this book, these critical features and other questions, are going to be analyzed and described as to how they affect the form of a person’s head. That’s where understanding the form of the face and head comes from.
From simple to complex!
To properly understand the complex structures, they need to be simplified first. Every single element like the mouth, eye, or ear, is going to be broken down to blocked-outs and then developed into detailed realistic shapes. A Grid for the form! Visual and image information, 3D models, photos and color-coding is a key part; they are essential in our previous books of the human figure and facial expressions, and we are implementing them in this book. It is important for an artist to have this structured approach.
Don't be restricted to the consistent perfect reference research - we offer freedom! A physical book with those references and the information to understand the form of the face and head.
The book is already funded, thanks to our great community and the support they gave us. This funding allows us to create a multidisciplinary team of anatomists, physiology experts, and artists. In order to make the information in these books very precious and double-checked. It's going to come out in 2020.
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