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.


The Corrugator, a.k.a. Corrugator supercilii, originates along the medial edge of the supraorbital ridge by the nose, into the tissue of the eyebrow. It enables us to furrow our brow in grief or anger. The young man in the images is using his corrugator and his procerus.

Anatomical Drawing by Daniel Maidman. Courtesy of the artist.
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