Figure Drawing

Figure drawing is the art of sketching the human figure, often done live with a nude model standing or sitting in a pose that emphasizes the figure. This process helps the artist capture the essence of the human body's musculature, texture, and postures.

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It is a technique or process used to create a drawing while directly observing a figure from life or observing a live model posing.

Drawing from a live model is crucial to an artist's development; it is one of the most longstanding aspects of their training with centuries of history.


What Are Mannequins Used For?

In the Visual Arts, they are used for practice in figure drawing or painting. It is best to work from a live model. However, models can get expensive, so we use smaller-scale mannequins or drawing aids instead.

Mannequins can be placed in various poses, holding them much longer than a live model. Larger-scale mannequins are used by designers and dressmakers to display clothing in windows.

A mannequin is defined in the dictionary as "A life-size or partial representation of the human body, used for the fitting or displaying clothes; a dummy. "It is a jointed model of the human body used by artists, especially to demonstrate the arrangement of drapery. Also called lay figure." The word originated from the Middle Dutch, where it was called manikin or little man.

The classic wooden model is the simplest one and comes from the 19th century, but there are more on the market now that are atomically correct.


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