I’m sure you’ve seen one of those art dolls – the little wooden dolls that are supposed to help artists with drawing the human form?
Spoiler: they’re practically no help at all. They don’t flex or move right, their arms and legs are tubes with no muscles, they don’t bend at the waist right. No good.
Same with the giant hand. Useless, as far as I’m concerned.
But I came across an artist’s post in one of my Facebook groups, and she had found these fantastic posable dolls.
So, I looked them up.
There were a couple different kinds, and I ordered a few. I only took photos of the first pair so far since the second pair hadn’t arrived yet.
But take a look because these are waaaaay better. Is this nudity? There’s nothing there, so I’m not entirely sure.
I mean, it’s not like I’m monetized or anything, and nonexistent doll bits are not high on my list of things to worry about.
Here’s both of them so you can see their size and general look:
So these were NOT hugely expensive, and they are a tad fragile. The girl’s arm pops off in some poses, but if you’re gentle it goes back in. Their feet even move! And there are dozens of attachable hands so you can switch things out.
The guy on one of the stands to hold him up. It didn’t balance right so I had to hold the edge down:
Sorta dynamic. It looks kinda silly, right? It’s obvious they’re not real people, and they look clunky.
They do have muscles sculpted in which is nice.
Here’s the draw though. You pose them and take photos from different angles until you find the photo you want! Need to be careful so no one part is super foreshortened, but it’s a pretty smooth process.
Like, look at that pose. It’s easy to work with, and I would struggle to make the proportions reasonable drawing it straight from my head. And I could search until I find a stock photo and then read their rules and credit or pay and… yeah, it’s a lot of work for one picture.
Another, more ‘raunchy’ pose.
Again, this is a pose that would be hard for me to hold in my head with where the arms and legs go for each, tracking their length, foreshortening appropriately, how do they fit together… so much easier to just pose them.
I’ll admit I take a LOT of photos before I find one I like, but bytes are cheap, so I just delete blurred or useless ones. It takes some tweaking to make sure they look more natural, but what do you think?
Is this something you’d find helpful? Do they look realistic enough? Are they too realistic and maybe I need to censor them? Inquiring minds want to know!