Even if you're not into the arts, you've probably seen one of those. They're usually used by artists as references for posing and body proportions. But let's get one thing straight, here...
THOSE THINGS SUCK!!!
Their mobility is heavily restricted, and they're usually fragile as crap. Wood, in this day and age? Really? Ever heard of plastic, for cryin' out loud? It works a lot better for small things like these, ya know!
And I've yet to meet someone with a cylinder-shaped head...
If you're an artist, and would like to use something for posing, here are a few ideas that might work better than that bunch of toothpicks:
- An action figure:
As I've said on the comic, use one of those. Some of them have some pretty good mobility, and you can get 'em pretty much anywhere!
- A plastic model kit (a.k.a. Gunpla):
Trust me: some of those things can have some DARN SWEET mobility. There are a few who can lift one of their legs almost 180º, and STILL STAND! True, most of them are robots, but some of 'em have human-like proportions. It's just a matter of looking it up.
Plus, if you like legos, you'll be having the time of your life assembling a Master Grade kit. XD
- 3D models:
If you work digitally, or spend a lot of time in front of the PC, then this might be a good alternative for ya. There are a ton of free human models available online, so if you don't know how to create 'em, there's no problem. All you'll have to learn is how to pose it, but that's not that hard.
It doesn't take any physical space, and you don't have the risk of breaking the model while trying to do some extreme pose.
This one has been suggested to me by Brad from Lvl99 Games
. Seems like some people use their webcams in order to get pose references. I personally think taking a picture with a digital camera would be a best option, but for those tight on a budget, that might work, too.
So, yeah... if you're still using those crappy wooden dolls as human references, I recommend that you try something else, specially
if you want to draw dynamic poses!