Using a Wooden Figure Model







An artist's wooden figure model (or manikin) can be a useful item to have on hand if you are beginning figure drawing or adding people into pictures. The joints of the wooden model are similar to those of the body, as the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, ankles, and leg "joints" enable these parts to be moved to the desired position. You can use the model to re-create a particular pose as well as to check the proportions of your drawing.

How much have I used mine? I've used it occassionally to decide on various postures, but I prefer to work from life or photographs so I can capture the shadows, folds of the clothing, and facial expressions. It's fun to work with, though, and my children love to try bending it about.


There are now anatomically correct figures available, as well as life-size manikins. Animal models have also been developed to help inspire the artist. These would be very handy to have if you were making many drawings of the same type of animal in a variety of poses.


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