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Offline Midnight Fury

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« on: January 05, 2005, 12:17:40 am »
I've been searching through DA and SA and doing web and image searches on Google and I can't seem to really find what I'm looking for. I was hoping somebody could help me out.

I've been searching for facial expressions references (especially sad, angry, distressed), and good references for male bodies.

I'm about at my wits end, since I can't seem to do this on my own. Anybody out there have any ideas or know of some sites I could get this sort of information from? It'd be SO helpful and appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2005, 07:27:06 am »
Several members here have "facial expression studies" on their furtopia sites. Sorry, can't remember which one '<img'>

I scan through them all on a weekly basis, so I'll jot down the URL for ya when I find them '<img'>

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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2005, 04:21:06 am »
I use http://www.artmorgue.com, http://www.fineart.sk/, and http://www.morguefile.com for reference images a lot. They don't -always- help but they're useful to keep bookmarked anyway.
I've seen a few very awesome ones, but they charge you if you want to access their stuff. http://www.3d.sk/ is one of them if you're interested.

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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2005, 02:46:25 pm »
Thanks!  '<img'>  I'll look into those later on and see if there's anything there that can be useful for me.
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« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2005, 05:28:27 pm »
Hey, I didn't have a few of those sites bookmarked yet. Thanks, MistyStriker! '<img'>
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« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2005, 10:31:20 am »
I use Corbis alot for my reference photos. www.corbis.com
They don't have much for anthropomorphic animals, of course. They do have lots and lots of photos of humans, and of non-anthro animals in their natural states.
Type an animal you're hunting for in the search engine, or try typing in the mood you're looking for (sadness, anger, etc.) Corbis will give you some new ideas.
Cartooning/caricaturing books can really help if you're hunting for certain expressions. I like How to Draw Caricatures by Lenn Redman, and How to Draw Animation by Christopher Hart.

I took a cartooning class in college, and the best thing I learned there was how to get facial expressions looking right. The important things to look at are the curves of the eyebrows, and the corners of the mouth. If you have eyebrows in a smooth arch (think rainbow-shaped) and the mouth turned upward at the edges, it implies happiness or contentment. Keep those eyebrows, but turn the mouth down at the corners, and you create tension, show worry or fear. If the eyebrows go up from the center (so it's a V meeting in the middle) and turn the mouth up, it makes a character look evil and malicious, turn the mouth down and they look angry. Invert the eyebrows, so they look like the letter "A" meeting in the middle, then aim the corners of the mouth down, and you have sadness. Same eyebrows, mouth up, and you have embarrassment. Eyebrows straight across tend to show aloofness or nonchalance.
For really extreme expressions like wrath, some creatures bunch up the skin at the bridge of the nose. This is especially true of felines and canines... look at some images of lions, tigers, or wolves snarling and you'll spot this trait.
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« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2005, 04:14:23 pm »
Check out Raiyue on DA and SA she made expression sheets for her character which are awesome referances. she probably has some good male bodies in there too. she draws her mate alot.
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« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2005, 04:18:19 pm »
Well, i cant really give good artsites, but a really good book for male anatomy especially is Brune Hogarth's "Dynamic Anatomy". this guy is totally AWESOME!
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