Photos of Facial Expressions
Facial Expression Photos
Some of the world's best works of fine art- not to mention cartoons and comics- stand out because they're brimming with expression. We are far more likely to respond to and connect with faces that mirror real emotions.
Back when I used to doodle, I would reference others' drawings, as well as photos, to find facial expressions that matched the emotions I wanted my subjects to depict. Sometimes it was hard to find a good match, since most basic facial expression reference guides only feature the basics: happy, sad, angry, relaxed, tired, and normal.
While I have moved on to other forms of artistic expression, I've still maintained a strong interest in facial expressions, so as I've been editing videos of myself talking (an excruciating and awkward experience, I assure you), I've snagged screenshots of particularly interesting or strange ones.
Over the months, I've amassed quite the collection, and it only just occurred to me that I should share them as a reference guide. I hope you find them to be useful!
Also, I'm putting all these photos under a Creative Commons Attribution license, so you're free to use them so long as you name me as your source and link back to this page.
What about you?
What would YOU do with photos of your facial expressions?
Hope This Helps!
I hope these (embarrassing) photos of my contorted face have been helpful. My face ain't great for many things, so at least I can use it for educational purposes!
At any rate, my body of photos of facial expressions continues to grow as I edit more videos, and I snag screenshots of new ones every week, so let me know if there is any particular facial expression I have left out that you would like to use as a reference point.
Oh, though don't ask for a photo of me stabbing myself in the face. Did that already. The blood spattered the camera lens, so no dice.