I’m building a head library for a web series or, as the British say a ‘nettie show’, that I’m making. The stuff I tend to write is pretty dialogue heavy, so I create a group of mouths and expressions (or a library) that I can reuse to save myself some time. I have three heads I’m creating for this. A three-quarter head:
And then another, that’s almost in profile:
And finally, a front-facing head – which I’ll mostly use as an in-between for head turns. See if you can pick it out:
I don’t spend as much time on the front-facing head. In my experience, characters rarely look directly into the camera. Usually you’re staging shots at an angle that provides depth and clarity as you cut back and forth between subjects.
I put everything on layers so that I can animate each part of her face. Even the hair is on a layer – just in case I want to do a weird hair gag without having to redraw everything:
Tell me something weird to put on her head – I’ll do it, man.