inner brow raiser: deep dive

inner brow raiser wrong

Inner brow raiser is one of the most difficult facial actions to find clean references for. Many sources fail to find actors who can separate their inner brow raiser from other facial actions such as outer brow raiser (from frontalis, pars lateralis) and brow lowerer (from corrugator).

ARKit & other face tracking mistakes

Many tech leads live under the assumption that - if they acquire enough data to train their model, problems with quality will simply work themselves out. Wow! Magic. This assumption often operates under an additional (but false) assumption: There is only a negligible percentage of impure data.

a wrinkle in time, part II: static forms

This post is Part II of a series on wrinkles types. Part I focused on wrinkle caused by repeated facial expressions - dynamic wrinkles. Part II will focus on another class of wrinkles: static wrinkles. While static wrinkles may not as exciting as dynamic expressions wrinkles, they are just as important to consider when applying to your character. As stressed in Part I, every line tells a story.

a wrinkle in time, part I: building characters with real story lines

Wrinkles are more than just a product of aging; they are maps that guide us through an individual's emotional history, genetic tendencies, and lifestyle habits.

welcome. I’m looking for work!

Hello and welcome to Face the FACS. This blog is a passion project where I pour my interests and cross-disciplinary research into one place to share with the world. I've been studying the art and science of facial expressions for almost eight years. I started out by using the Facial Action Coding System in an… Continue reading welcome. I’m looking for work!

cheek raiser vs. lid tightener

Whether you're using an expression model to pose AUs for academic research, product-based machine learning, or character art, you will face challenges acquiring pure examples of cheek raiser and lid tightener.

comparative anatomy (sneak preview)

chimpanzee landmark labels

Currently learning chimpanzee FACS, chimpanzee anatomy, and making custom chimpanzee landmark diagrams. (Chimpanzee landmarks determined by Animal FACS group. Original research work by Lisa A Parr, Bridget M Waller, and Jennifer Fugate. See: Emotional communication in primates: implications for neurobiology )

mindful design: everything you did and didn’t want to know about emoji

When designing a product, you need to remember - you are not designing for yourself: You are designing for the user. Product design is a sacrificial form of art. Personal opinions, ego, and creative license come second to usability and function.  Emoji is one such product that many use but few stop to think about.… Continue reading mindful design: everything you did and didn’t want to know about emoji