Perhaps one of the most complex features of a human being is the face - there are so many subtle expressions that convey a million shades of emotion.
Often at CG Pin Ups we receive images that have an emotionless face attached to a beautiful pin up pose. Thinking that just adding a little personality to that face would make that character leap off the screen and really "come alive!"
How much more engaging a person who smiles at you, for instance, than someone who's face is flat and expressionless. Even someone who's face has a quirky expression is more interesting than one that is deadpan. I know that fashion glamor these days often (not always) push that kind of neutrality - but we have to remember that typically those models are only the "rack" to showcase the clothing Designer's latest work, they aren't encouraged to add personality.
Let's challenge ourselves to try adding a little something, a little personality to our characters, whether its drama, positivity, smoldering, haughty, flirtatious or quirky. And help make our characters that much more interesting and engaging.
One suggestion is to use an expression package and change it a little to make it something unique, something that is our own. You can also try mimicking your facial expression by holding up a mirror and then replicating it on screen.
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