What is the purpose of a mannequin?July 24, 2010
Art mannequins are no help, whatsoever. They are supposed to help artists understand the proportions, angles, and movements of a human being.
The problem is that mannequins cannot move in the way that people do. My little mannequin cannot sit. It's hands can't touch its face. It can't cross its arms, tuck its ankles primly, or touch its toes. The little wooden joints simply don't do that.
A mannequin can also bend in ways a human cannot. It's head swivels, it does more-than-spilts, it can stick is arms up... backwards.
Overall, a mannequin is no help in art.