The face is the front of the head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear. The face includes eyebrows, eyes, nose, mouth, ears, forehead, cheeks and chin. The face is widely recognized as the feature which best distinguishes a person, often at first glance. The face is also the part of the body that is most used for sensory perception, communication and expression (see facial expression).
The face in visual art
Caricatures often exaggerate facial features to make a face easily recognized in association with a pronounced portion of the face of the individual in question - for example, a caricature of Osama Binladen might focus on his facial hair and hair style; a caricature of George W. Bush might enlarge his ears, and a caricature of Jay Leno may pronounce his forehead and chin.
In drawing of ficticious characters, faces are a special challenge since they are the most important part in character design. An artist working in this area has to learn how to draw male and female faces, young and old ones, and how to draw various facial expressions. In sequential art such as comics, a character's face must always look the same, irrespective of viewing angle, lighting, and expression - unless the character is undergoing a deliberate transformation such as in age regression.
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