Understanding visual language - rage faces
The man in the picture is simply laughing. His eyes wrinkle and his head tilts. That in and of itself tells very little. The rage faces are all about *the reaction shot*. Is he showing disbelief? He probably is now that I said that. This particular drawing is used a lot to convey someone who is showing in a good-natured way that he knows that someone is pulling his leg.
Juxtaposition (putting things next to each other) enhances our interpretation of expressions. That's why it's so fun to do *rage comics* - simply place an expressive face next to, well, anything, and our brains are soothed as we know what his reaction is. It could be something he is being told, or something he is being shown. Of course, you can just have him saying something obscene, which is a cheap laugh, but that's not what this all about. This is about telling entertaining stories with simple imagery. When it's done right, it's wonderful - and no need for cgi special effects, either!
Posted by Brad Hall