Emotional pressures and pleasures…

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s existential angst is centred around the idea of dust.
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Yes, dear reader, I’m afraid that it’s time for our very last peep into that strange old junk shop book – Looking at Faces and Remembering Them, a Guide to Facial Identification (1971) by Jacques Penry, facial topographer and inventor of the Penry Facial Identification Technique – Photo-Fit.

DSCN3661Good old Jacques – it has been fun! Let’s have a look at page 29.

WP F DSCN3810Actually this diagram is pretty useful for anyone wanting to draw a face or two – I’ve never been very good at figure drawing or painting, but this gives a good idea of the layout of the necessary proportions, should I ever want to give it another try. Who would have thought that the space between the eyes could accommodate another eye? Let’s see what Jacques has to say:
Fig. 9 shows how the front-view face divides naturally into sections which form, as it were, a blueprint of normal proportions… We know from this gauge that, for instance, the space between ‘wide-apart’ eyes is greater than the width of one eye; and that the space separating eyes which are ‘close-together’ is less than one eye’s width…
From about the age of seven a face can alter only within the proscribed limits of its original pattern. It will react in small ways to changes of environment and diet, and its contours – particularly in some details of the eyes and mouth – will reflect the results of emotional pressures and pleasures, good health or bad, comfortable living or deprivation, education or lack of it. It cannot, however, except through injury or plastic surgery, depart from its original type as regards the concavity or convexity of its nasal ridge, slope of forehead, positioning of eyes, and its frame’s angularity or roundness. If its label in adolescence is angular, rounded, or mixed, the same classification will apply in old age.

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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