Muscular Anatomy of the Face

There are quite a few anatomy resources on the web, but not a lot that combine clear illustrations with pictures of the muscles in action. With the help of a patient model and a fine illustrator, I hope this resource helps clarify how the face can make so many expressions.

You will also find a link to my Craniometric Landmarks web app which is a part of my online forensic sculpture class.

Depressor anguli oris

The Depressor anguli oris is used when we experience disgust. It pulls the corners of the mouth downward and outwards. The model is demonstrating a rather extreme contraction of this muscle.


Anatomical Drawing by Daniel Maidman. Courtesy of the artist.
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