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Unread 07-26-2013, 01:00 PM   #1
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Smile Facial Expressions for the Expressionless?

When cosplaying an emotionless, stoic character (ie. Mai -Avatar), do people prefer the Cosplayer to stay in character or crack a smile? I'm asking this because at conventions, not all photographers are photographer who will ask and pose the model. There are those who just want a quick picture of their favorite character.
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Unread 07-26-2013, 01:31 PM   #2
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To be prepared for hallway snapshots, practice a couple of poses and facial expressions, and stay in character. That'll help "sell it" to a casual observer, or someone who only sees that one shot.

For a more extensive shoot, you can definitely do a range of expressions, both in and out of character. Even a "stoic" character is going to have a handful of expressions and head/face poses that will work and remain within canon. For example, a quick Google Images search for Mai turns up a pretty good range - none of them smiling, but you've still got a variety. Expressionless/serene; scowling/disapproving; angry (nose pointed down, eyes looking up past the brow); aloof (nose pointed up, eyes looking down the nose at the camera); attacking (mouth open, or gritting teeth, or grimacing); the over-the-shoulder glare of death.

...and, of course, the out-of-character outtakes and bloopers are often the most fun shots of a shoot.

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Unread 07-29-2013, 04:16 AM   #3
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You don't have to smile, but work on your expressions anyway. Put intent in the way you look at the photographer.
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Unread 08-26-2013, 01:45 AM   #4
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It depends on what character you're doing actually,to be the character is the key point,not just focusing on what the photographer wants you to do.
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Unread 09-03-2013, 01:28 PM   #5
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Mai is incredibly expressive. The key to her is subtlety. Watch 'The Boiling Rock' and 'The Beach'. She has a lot of expression. Just watch carefully.

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