eyebrow shapes and character design – PREVIEW

stylized eyebrows

eyebrow actions & deformations

In FACS, there are three** main brow actions:
  • inner brow raiser – AU1
  • outer brow raiser – AU2
  • brow lowerer – AU4 (corrugator supercilii, depressor supercilii, procerus)
These actions, along with their potential combinations, deform our brows into particular patterns.

**Six main actions if you break down brow lowerer into its three components.

stylized eyebrows

These deformations affect the shape of our brows – altering how raised, rounded, pointed, oblique, lowered, furrowed, etc. they become. Such changes help us identify different facial expressions. 

While the principles of movement are stable across these actions, their impact on eyebrow shape varies from individual to individual. Generally, we are able to recognize facial motions with reasonable certainty; however, we are not immune to potential biases.

the room for bias

There are numerous factors that can lead to the biased interpretation of faces – with or without expressions. One of those factors is the appearance of static features.

A neutral brow shape can easily resemble a number of brow-based expressions. Such resemblances may influence our assumptions regarding a person’s mood or personality.

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static eyebrow shape and expression interactions

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inner brow raiser

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outer brow raiser

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brow lowerer

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caveats & considerations

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applying it all to character design

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closing thoughts

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