Face Reading for Artists, Writers, Illustrators, and Casting Directors

Face Reading for Artists, Writers, Illustrators, and Casting Directors

In this Workshop, you will learn how to consciously tap into the ‘inner sense’ of the human psyche, and be able to represent your created characters and images in a way that will ‘speak’ to your reader/ viewer in subtle but profound ways. You will discover the “secret code” of Face Reading to add more realism and instinctual credibility to your drawn, written, and spoken characters. Every human being on the planet is a natural face-reader. Even newborn babies have the capacity to not only recognize familiar faces, but also to respond positively or negatively to certain shapes, angles, etc. on a face. Have you ever wondered why many cartoon superheroes share certain visual characteristics, while the villains have equally common, but different traits? The large, lantern-jaw on Dudley Do-Right, for example, immediately tells us that he is strong, determined, and doggedly tenacious, and his incredibly prominent chin tells us he is not afraid of confrontation, and will never back down. The sharp, jagged angles of Hades (and pretty much every Disney villain) create anxiety and stress in the viewer, because the features evoke intimidation, control, and ruthlessness. In Pinky and the Brain, the giant forehead immediately tells us which is the smart one of the pair. The soft curves and rounded lines on Bullwinkle evoke a more lovable, non-threatening feeling, and show that he is a real People Person (or Moose, as it were).

As an artist, writer, or creator of images, you probably already tap into subconscious, subliminal representations of a character, but you may color it with your own personal references, biases, etc., which are accurate to you, but not necessarily to others. If, as a child, you loved and worshiped a favorite uncle who happened to have a round face and a big beard, you will have a subconscious inclination to feel that anyone with a round face and a big beard is a wonderful person. This personal bias system can lead to a disconnect and a lack of true connection for those viewing or reading your work, since they did not necessarily have the same experiences with round-faced, bearded men. After completing this Workshop, you will be able to CONSCIOUSLY utilize the broader instinctual intuitions that are universal to all humans, thereby giving your characters more believability. They will have the ability to evoke natural, innate feelings in the viewer, without the viewer ever knowing why.

Recommended Prerequisite:
Introduction to Face Reading Workshop





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