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Understanding Edge Flow by Athey Understanding Edge Flow by Athey
In the past I've submitted front-view face edge loop images, and they can be helpful if you want to model that specific face, and you can try and copy that edge flow for your own original plans as well, but it doesn't necessary help you to /understand/ what's going on, so that you can better create your own edge flow for a face.

So I threw this together. The 'edges' shown here aren't the exact edges that you'd use, but rather a guide of what general area and shape you'd try to put edges into.

I also color coded three patches that are important.

The 'mask' around the eyes.
The flow down the side of the nose, coming from the eyes.
The flow coming from the nostril down and around the mouth.

If you can get those areas edged out nicely, you'll get the best deformation when trying to animate your face for expressions and lip sync.
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Kreaks Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome! thank you for the topology tips. I appreciate it!
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Leyto Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing.
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cucky126 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent ref!
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mrminutuslausus Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
great! thank you! :D
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SEINICK Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thank you. Know your tutorial in other websites
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ZomigoshZing Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Thank you. This is helpful, with fewer unnecessary polygons than other references I've seen. Much obliged!
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BabushkaYaga Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
i only want to add that, while this is a good reference for beginners, nobody seems to have mentioned anything about the star formed on the cheek. from my own bitter experience with facial animation - that star is better off moved closer to the ear, to an area that doesn't get animated. it makes for ugly deformations there in the middle of the cheek. :)
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KypFox Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. I find that I can NEVER have enough help with edge loops!
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defense2 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
A good reference for many people, it isn't too complex so it shouldn't scare people away upon looking at it... unlike my own works [link] fear the ears, for they are evil if done in the slightest bit wrong.
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weird-coma Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
Awesome pic, never enough of this kind of reference. More..MORE!!! ;-D
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