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  06 June 2008
Racial Facial Features

Does anyone know of any resources that document the facial features for each ethnic group around the world? I haven't been able to find much on this. I want to be able to draw a character that has the 'look' of a certain ethnicity without having to use a reference every time.

One of my roommates took a class on osteology (the study of bones) and they taught him how to identify the ethnicity of a skull based on certain traits (i.e. European skulls tend to have more a protruding nasal bone and Asian skulls tend to be fairly round). Supposedly there are seven distinctive skull types.

Anyway, I'm looking for more info like this, but not just about the skull--also regarding skin characteristics like the full lips common on Africans or the distinctive eyes of Asians. I realize that there's a great deal of variation within each ethnic group, and I'm not trying stereotype. I'm just looking for observations that would be useful for me as an artist.

Thanks! I appreciate any help!
  06 June 2008
Hmm, I don't know of a 'comprehensive' atlas, but this book has a variety of ethnic types and beautiful, artistic photos.

Anatomy for the Artist (Hardcover)
by Sarah Simblet


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