Sketchbook Update: “Actors Acting”

I’m currently busy with several projects which I can’t really talk about (yet). Since I can’t post any new art, here’s some studies I did a while back from the book In Character: Actors Acting:

The book is an excellent resource for studying facial expressions. Most photo reference books have amateur models giving stock expressions (sad, happy, scared, etc.). In this book, professional actors were given unique dramatic situations and then asked to act them out (i.e. “You are a pediatrician with a bright five-year-old cancer patient who is making up an intriguing fairy tale.”) The results are rich and expressive. A great resource for any artist seeking to learn more about expressiveness and emotion.