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    Mannequin Question

    Hey guys I have a wooden mannequin that I draw in my sketchbook a lot; I was wondering will this help me? I often think so, but sometimes I think it is odd to draw him... sometimes I feel like it helps only little. What do you all think?


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    Mannequins are only as good as their design. If the proportions of the mannequin are off then it really doesn't help you much if you are still struggling with proportion. If you can draw well enough and you are just using it for lighting forms or angle of view it should be more helpful than nothing at all.

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    Okay; I have been using mine to get better at proportion and I also have a hand-mannequin that I sketch to get better at drawing hands. The pinky finger is slightly long on it though so I can see your point.

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    Study Loomis' mannikin from Figure drawing for all its worth and use it as a guidance to draw from life
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    Okay I have that book; I will do that. Thanks!

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    Modern mannikins are quite useless. Their proportions are wrong, and their joints are in the wrong places and do not bend like human limbs do. My best guess about them is that they are a cargo-cult remnant of the so-called lay figures which portraitists had used in place of the model to paint clothes. But the quality of the lay figures was miles above these little wooden dolls.

    Draw people instead.

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    Oh I did not know that; thanks for the input!

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