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.

Orbicularis occuli

This circular flat muscle surrounds the eye and eyesocket. The muscle has a great expressive capacity, as it can act in part, or all together to help us squint or simply smile with the corners of our eye. The young man is smiling naturally, and the lower half of the Orbicularis oris contracts to give his eyes a feeling of laughter.

Anatomical Drawing by Daniel Maidman. Courtesy of the artist.
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