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Character Expressions Meme - Alistair by Cei-Ellem Character Expressions Meme - Alistair by Cei-Ellem

There are 29 different expressions on Alistair up there. Yep. 29. Each one a separate render. Holy cow, I've never taken on a project like this and actually completed it before! I tried this meme once, but gave up after the first four expressions (mostly because render time was so slow). Now, with LuxRender and a much better understanding of posing, I was able to get through all of these in about a week.

But boy, did I have fun.

P.S.: Yes, I totally tag you, :iconbunnystick:! Let's see some Efron love!

As noted in the Deviation, I've got quite a few comments on some of these expressions, and they just all wouldn't fit in the little comment box. So, here it goes:
  • Neutral: I actually made an effort to give him a neutral expression, not just a render of the figure with no expression applied. I think this looks natural enough.

  • Happy: I like this one, just because it's a very nice, casually happy smile. Not his usual snark, like in the main portrait I made of him. Here, he's genuinely happy.

  • Afraid: I can't help but giggle when I look at this one, then promptly make the same face and laugh again. It was a challenge to figure out how to make that inverted-D shaped mouth, but it was well worth figuring it out in the end. Actually, getting the eyes realistically wide was harder.

  • Angry: One of my favorites, and the first of his "mean" faces.

  • Love: The only render with any postwork on it (added a slight blush to his ears and cheeks). I had to think a lot on this one, since I can't imagine Alistair ever having been or being in love. If it happens, I figure this would be one of his rare, genuine emotions.

  • Disgusted: I love the sneer in this one. Just love it.

  • Surprised: It was a challenge to make this different from Afraid. Even changing the mouth, I had to tweak the position of the head a bit to make it look like a notably different expression.

  • Confused: *giggles uncontrollably* I made this face in the mirror a few times and tried to mimic it on Alistair. I got pretty close, but I still can't look at it without giggling.

  • Shy: D'awww... bashful Alistair is cute!

  • Miserable: Not entirely satisfied with this one, but pleased enough. I was going to postwork in tears, but got fed up and left it as is. This is one of two expressions I rendered two versions of. According to my roommates, the first version looked too much like he was, um, climaxing to work ^^;. After reworking, I agree though. This is a vast improvement.

  • Lust: How you doin'? (Now try to imagine that with a British accent and not laugh.)

  • Rage: Dialed up from the basic Angry expression. I happily discovered how to raise the top lip to really drive that snarl in, and thus another one of my favorites was made.

  • Scorn: Another on practiced in the mirror first, and the first time I really used the side-to-side dial for the mouth. I like how it comes off very haughty.

  • Sympathy: I can't look at this without hearing the song "Trust Me" from Devil's Carnival playing in my head. One of his fake emotions: he doesn't really sympathize with anyone; he only pretends to.

  • Guilt: MY FAVORITE EXPRESSION. Since he's a sociopath (read: feels no guilt) I went with the "guilty as sin" interpretation. I. Love. It.

  • Hysteria: Just making it clear that crazy runs in his family.

  • Envy: Angry + Scorn, then toned down into a simmering glare. I like how this one came out.

  • Pride: Snark! So! Much! Snark! Second only to the Guilt one when it comes to my favorites.

  • Embarrassment: The other one I had to redo. The first one wasn't quite dynamic enough and fell very flat. When I took a second shot at it, I built off of the Shy expression, and still managed to soften it. I'm very pleased with his lip here; that took forever to tweak properly so he could be biting it.

  • Bored: Oddly fun to make. Didn't take me long to set up either.

  • Annoyed: Angry + Disgust, with the mouth emphasized. I was initially going to use this as Frustrated, until the more I thought about it, the more I realized that he'd be annoyed at a person (thus, direct eye contact) and frustrated with a situation (thus his averted gaze on the other expression).

  • Content: I imagine this is how he gets when he curls up with his headphones and a nice cup of tea.

  • Submission: I like this one. I really like this one. If Alistair ever gets captured and this is the result, I will be torn between torturing my character and freaking out (mostly because I don't want to lose my character, no matter how dramatically awesome the scene is).

  • Frustrated: A challenge to set up, but worth the effort for the final expression. By the time I was done, I'd been frustrated many times, so I had plenty of reference.

  • Excited: Dialed up from Happy, and a great way to end the series of expressions, I think.

Whew! That was a lot! But it was totally fun!

Set up in DAZ|Studio, rendered in LuxRender via Reality, no postwork except for composition (and minor touch-up on Love).

Expressions for my character, Alistair, as featured here:

You can read the start of his adventure here!

Blank Meme by :iconkittydemonchild::

Other references by :iconmajnouna::
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Lavender-Space Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hysteria is my fav. Great expressions :)
Lavender-Space Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hysteria is my favourite, you're great at drawing and shading! I say Dance 
Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Heh, thanks, though it's a 3D render; the software calculates the shading. Thanks for the :+fav:!
Lavender-Space Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome. Yeah, I noticed after I posted that comment. Still the expression are awesome :)
Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you ^_^
Lavender-Space Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Leaglem Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh my----- this is superb. I can't stop staring at each one. So much awe. Scorn, miserable, submission... Gah why are you so awesome? 

... And guilt. Guilt is my top fav.
Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hahahaha. Thank you ^^;. Guilt is my favorite too. Since the character is a sociopath, I had to come up with an alternative for Guilt, since, by definition, he has no remorse for his actions whatsoever. I went with "Guilty as Sin" instead ^_^
Leaglem Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome!

Ohhhhh yes, yes I see. I adore sociopaths.
Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Puttin' that Psych degree of mine to use, lol.
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