Facial Expressions



EXPRESSIONS - Babies to Teens

E-Book Vol 3







Facial Expressions Books

Photo reference books for all artists.
Models of all ages and nationalities.
Photos from all angles.
Reference you can't get in a mirror.

3 Books providing you with all your reference needs. Discover the books using the links on the left; Adults, Kids, E-book.

New sample art on our ARTISTS PROFILES page.

Facial Expressions Companion E-Book is NOW AVAILABLE!
Expressions KidsOver 1,000 new images of models ages 2-49.
Featuring an incredible

Galleries included:
* Skulls
* Expressions
* Age Progression
* Phonemes
* Hats and Headgear
* Leaning
* Pointing
* Close-Ups
* Art Gallery

MORE E-Book DETAILS - Click Here

Facial Expressions is a series of photographic reference books for artists of all styles. The first in the series, featuring adults ages 20-83, includes over 3,200 photos of 50 models. Other galleries included feature kissing, phonemes, hats and headgear, skulls and more.

Facial Expressions Samples

The new book in the series, Babies to Teens, features photos of 70 models ranging from newborns to 19 year olds. A new feature in the new book will include age progressions, showing how people's features change as they age. More Babies to Teens details, CLICK HERE.

Facial Expressions Kids

Invaluable photographic reference for all artists including:
* Commercial artists
* Comic Book artists
* Students
* Fine artists
* Storyboard artists
* Animators, 2D and 3D
* Cartoonists
* Book illustrators
* Painters
* Sculptors

Facial Expressions Samples

I’ve been a professional artist for over twenty-five years. I have looked for reference sources of faces by taking pictures of family and friends to use as reference for my various projects, as most artists have. Next, I went through magazines and newspapers and cut out photos of interesting faces to add to my collection. Then came the internet, a wonderful source for accessing photos of celebrities.

One image of one face did not give me all the reference I needed for drawing an individual from several angles, much less showing a range of facial expressions.

Granted, like most artists, I have mirrors around me and can mug into them and copy the look I need for a given piece of art. But suppose I want to draw a large woman with an angry look. The angry expression on my slim male face doesn’t look the same as the anger on a heavy female face. And if I needed to depict a man twice my age, the lines on his face would be quite different from those on my face. I realized that instead of trying to have a harem of models at my beck and call, I needed to develop a file of faces representing many types and ages, with expressions simulating a variety of moods, photographed from many different angles.

My book Facial Expressions is the result. It was motivated by my quest to be a better artist and to help my artist friends by sharing this collection of indispensable reference material with them. In discussing the concept for this book with many professionals—from animators to fine illustrators to comic book artists—they all agreed that this book would be an essential tool for them. “The images contained in this volume are an excellent ‘launch pad’ in the creative process for both the professional artist and student,” says Gary Lessord, painter and fine artist of natural and biblical works.

The Facial Expressions books show men and women, boys and girls, of various ages and ethnicities, each expressing a broad array of emotions for the camera. As their faces simulated different moods, I took pictures from a number of angles, so there are dozens of shots of each model. In addition, since these reference books are for artists, I thought that you, the creative reader, would enjoy seeing examples of how these photos have inspired other artists, so I asked a number of professionals in the art world to select a reference photo from this collection and base a work of art on it, using any medium of their choice. Scattered through the books you’ll find realistic illustrations, caricatures, sculptures, and many other works of art inspired by these photos.

Facial Expressions Art


Facial Expressions Book

"I've used this awesome book many times over for my comics artwork on Spider-Man and The Phantom, as well as for my advertising clients."
Alex Saviuk
Veteran comic book artist

"This book is sure to be an asset to any fine artist, illustrator or animator who creates figurative images. I see it as a must-have reference for the studio that can be utilized time and time again. The images contained in this volume are an excellent 'launch pad' in the creative process for both the professional artist and student."
Gary Lessord
Painter and fine artist
of natural and biblical works

"The most amazingly diverse collection I've ever seen."
Bud Plant
Bud Plant Comic Art

"The phoneme references in Facial Expressions are one of the best and most diverse I've seen. Mark has created an excellent reference for both the novice and the experienced animator."
Dominic Carola
Project Firefly Animation Studios president and former Disney lead animator.

"This book is a must-have for students and professionals alike."
Travis Blaise
Cartoon Network Animator

"Who would have thought that there was anything more to write after your first Facial Expressions book.  I had thought that that first one was the end-all final answer to The book that any Artist would ever need - a Pivotal turning point in the archives of Reference Books.  But now I see this one -  It's not just more of the same thing you did in the first book.  It actually has More to show us! Apparently, you didnt' just come out with a new book. You've developed a whole new type of book." -
Alison Gelbman
Caricature Artist

Click for more information and to register for this FREE event