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Hey folks,

This is probably the most random question I've asked anyone all week, but do any of you have good, high-quality images of feline facial anatomy? Any kind of cat would do, but I'm particularly interested in Pumas / Jaguars / Panthers.

Thanks!
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Fri Dec 24, 2010 10:45 pm
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May I ask what for? Do you need to know the muscles or a more superficial view?


Sun Dec 26, 2010 8:03 am
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Sure, I have no secrets. I need to see the muscle flow specifically. I'm working on a 3D model of an anthropomorphic cat character and I've found his face to be extremely malleable, but also much more like a cat's face than a human's with regards to musculature.

I've learned a lot this year about facial rigging using blend shapes to mimic muscle flow a la the FACS system and Avatar (all rigs in avatar were just blend shapes, with each shape dealing with single muscles or groups of muscles required for certain facial actions). I'd like to use similar thinking when working on the topology and morph targets for this model.


Sun Dec 26, 2010 10:59 am
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There are a few images if you google "cat anatomy". Cats don't have all that much expressive potential in the face by the looks of it.

Actually, I find that knowing the muscles of the human face only gets you so far. A fair few of the folds and bulges are unrelated to muscles.


Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:30 pm
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John Keates wrote:
Cats don't have all that much expressive potential in the face by the looks of it.
Once they managed 'contempt' there wasn't any need to evolve any other expression.


Tue Dec 28, 2010 2:25 pm
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Something I had on my hard drive..not sure where I picked it up


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Thu Dec 30, 2010 4:24 pm
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Thanks Zandoria!

I asked around and searched for books online. I did manage to find one book that was kindle-available, but the faces are very small. I might call up the zoo and see if they have any information. Sometimes they save cadavers of animals for medical students.

It seems all cat faces around the nose and mouth are pure cartilage? I haven't found a single image that shows actual muscles there.

@John: Yeah, the google searches didn't turn up what I was looking for, hence the post. I know cat faces aren't as malleable as ours (not without external stimulus), but without knowing the facial muscles felines and humans share it's hard to establish a baseline for a cross.


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