Awareness of the facial muscles is much like a builder having the full information about a foundation. You would not want someone to start putting up the walls to your house without knowing what was beneath it.

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Full frontal view of facial muscles
Figure drawing facial muscles
Profile view of facial muscles

The drawings here were created by me to gain a greater understanding of everything that composes the human face. If you want to do studies yourself, feel free to use these shown as a reference. If you wish to dig deeper, you can refer to medical texts/image/links for reliable information.

I strongly suggest if your goal is to create figurative work that you take some time to study the muscles. It helps to develop a strong foundation of knowledge to build.

Think of each band of muscles reacting like a rubber band, stretching and bouncing back into shape.

Next time we will look at the different methods of shading

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