We have all seen them, the wooden creatures with movable joints that contort in all directions. I actually have two different sized ones in my studio but as I don’t usually draw or paint people I’ve never used mine for more than decoration! Boozehag, her of weird proportions never seemed to need that sort of perspective!
The fun doesn’t stop at just human bodies either, in fact there’s a whole plethora of mannequins you can get, from dinosaurs and horses to traditional anatomical male and female figures or skeletons through to realistic skulls which can be positioned at virtually any angle, and they are immeasurably useful aids for human skull drawing.
The human skeleton structure joints, including the jaw, are fully articulated for a full range of motion.
If you have trouble with hands or feet then there are foot and hand mannequins for that extra detail in drawing extremities.
The mannequins also come in plastic where they are more detailed but I don’t think they’re any better or worse than the wooden ones. I just think the wood looks more stylish, well as décor anyway!
If you are keen to purchase such items check out the range at www.gordonharris.co.nz they have a good selection to choose from.
Interestingly they dont stock the little key-ring ones anymore. I really want one so if anyone knows where you can get those from, please let me know!
Posted: Saturday 24 April 2010