Edit: I’ve updated this animation. Pushing the lip shapes and dialog accents.
Here’s a dialog animation I did to test out the facial setup of my character:
I know a medium close shot of a character just delivering a line of dialog isn’t the most interesting thing you can do in animation; however, I had a lot of fun being able to focus on it’s subtlety. I didn’t actually use any reference for this animation (not always a good thing to do), but I recently read a book on facial psychology written by Paul Ekman and Wallace V. Friesen called “Unmasking the Face” and tried to put a lot of what I learned from that book to use. I find it very interesting what triggers a facial expression, and tried hard to show it as my character is thinking through his dialog.
Let me know what you think. I’d love to hear any and all feedback!