So, today's drawing is based on two "manikins" that are supposed to help with proportions. I admit, it does help break things down. But, do they really pay off for someone who is trying to improve their hand or figure drawing skills? I think not. The only way to improve in ANYTHING is practice, practice, practice--seeing and observing the real thing is better for any artist. And having a child-like curiosity each time you're confronted with the same [type] of subject is essential too. Young artists make a lot of assumptions. I'm guilty of that too. But through this little journey I'm taking, I'm rediscovering the joy of observing. Today's drawing is mechanical pencil with watercolor wash and touches of white-out pen (my fave).
So here's the freaky thing. Did you know that they make these "manikins" life-size now!? Just imagine that thing sneaking out of your studio and showing up in your bedroom doorway one night, lurking. Weird. What possible purpose would that serve, besides it being the coolest thing ever. Brendan wants the man one, because the woman one...."has boobs, and that's weird, mom." Check it out: http://www.dickblick.com/products/lifesize-wooden-manikins/