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The Anatomy of an Expression for Facial Animation in Maya
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Released Jun 24, 2013
Andrew Conroy

Guest Tutor

Andrew Conroy
In this Maya tutorial we cover the firing of muscles in the face in response to thought in the brain.

The face is a complex machine that when operating correctly can bring about a great deal of emotion and entertainment with our audience. To create good facial animations it is critical to understand the system under the surface that creates expression.

We'll dive deep into the muscle system of the face as well as cover a number of good tips for making dynamic and interesting expressions.
Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
01:07
Muscle Breakdown
2

Muscle Breakdown

 
09:45
Thoughts vs Feelings
3

Thoughts vs Feelings

 
13:47
Starting to block in the brows
4

Starting to block in the brows

 
11:07
Timing the eyes and brows
5

Timing the eyes and brows

 
12:15
Starting to spline the brows
6

Starting to spline the brows

 
10:22
Timing the middle Section and working on brows
7

Timing the middle Section and working on brows

 
12:54
Cleaning up the right eye
8

Cleaning up the right eye

 
11:11
Starting on the jaw
9

Starting on the jaw

 
12:06
Animating blinks and pupils
10

Animating blinks and pupils

 
10:42
Polishing the head
11

Polishing the head

 
15:27
Polishing the eyes
12

Polishing the eyes

 
09:10
Polishing the nose
13

Polishing the nose

 
09:43
Wrapping up the discussion on firing order
14

Wrapping up the discussion on firing order

 
06:17