This week was dedicated to facial expressions in animation.
I believe it is something that needs a lot of study to transfer some face acting into drawings, so I choose to analyze a movie that I thought could be easy because of its structure and the many closeups: Her.
Her tells the story of a lonely, introverted man, in what it seems a not so distant future, falling in love with a cybernetic consciousness after a difficult divorce. Theodore’s job consists in writing letters to customers, personating their passed-away beloved ones.
Said so, he is supposed to have a wide knowledge about feelings and such, but seems unable to deal with his own. Quite all his actions and expressions look depressed and very self-controlled until he starts the love relationship with Samantha (artificial intelligence).
Even though the design of Theodore may look simple it is really difficult for me to draw main character’s (Joaquin Phoenix) features in a way that could fit animation and even more be able to have a continuity between poses. So I believe I can say facial expressions week’s positive outcome is that helped me spot another skill I need to quickly develop.