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Drawing From The Manikin (2008)

Larry Withers , Larry Withers  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Larry Withers
  • Directors: Larry Withers
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: On Air Video, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: October 10, 2008
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GU2EL6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,701 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The wooden manikin is an age-old feature in art classrooms. This presentation by Larry Withers features Manny the manikin and demonstrates how useful a manikin can be in teaching figure drawing. The manikin is an art tool accessible to most art classes, saving the cost of a live figure model, the arrangements needed to provide one and overcoming the fact that live models get tired. The level of figure drawing presented in this DVD is clearly intended for older students, high school and up, as it references human anatomy, particularly muscle groups and bones, in a very specific manner using detailed vocabulary. The drawing skills that are introduced are also best suited to students with a command of their pencil use. The materials required to accomplish these drawings are typical items found in an art class pencils, erasers and paper, specifically tracing paper. The tracing paper works well to layer the different aspects of the lessons, and builds in some security for those learners new to drawing figures. The manikin is used as a model for drawing the front, back, side and action views of the human figure. Withers breaks these lesson down into five parts: posing the manikins, drawing it as it is, adding circles and ovals, outlining the form, and filling the landmarks and surface forms. The presentation is designed in such a manner as to make it easy to follow along with the demonstrations. A special considerations part of the DVD focuses on hands and feet. An additional add-on to this package is the ability to download pages depicting diagrams of the figures used in the lessons. --Arts & Activities

Drawing From The Manikin introduces viewers to figure drawing through the use of a wooden manikin. Artist Larry Withers demonstrates how to draw a series of oval and circles to create the anatomy of the figure and the outline of the form. He also demonstrates adding contour lines to show the curves of the muscles. A sequential demonstration features Withers describing the names of the different body parts. Withers then shows viewers how to shade figures to create a sense of realism. A list of chapters shows the different poses, and each chapter describes a different perspective of anatomy. Included with the DVD is a collection of PDF files containing photos of the manikin in different poses, which can be printed for later preference. This DVD is recommended for upper-grade levels. --School Arts Magazine

Product Description

The traditional artist s wooden manikin is more than a benign studio prop. It s a great tool for practicing figure drawing, while testing your knowledge of human anatomy. In this video Larry Withers shows you how to pose and render the manikin, and then to transform your drawing by smoothing out the contours, adding muscle groups and landmarks to create a life-like figure drawing. This program features demonstrations on drawing the human form from several angles, and creating action poses using the manikin. There's also a "Special Features" section where you can view numerous drawings and anatomical diagrams to aid you in your studies. In addition, these illustrations can be downloaded as PDF files for your convenience.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drawing From The Manikin October 26, 2009
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I have been an artist for many years, and always thought that those "artist manikins" were just cute dolls; good perhaps for generalized gesture drawing, but not much else. I was therefore rather surprised to find this video that shows these manikins to be serious professional tools for figurative composition. Demonstrating in detail how a manikin can be used as an anatomical framework, Withers presents a remarkable method for the visualization of gestures, actions, and poses without the use of a model. A useful aid to any artists imagination, and a must have for any serious figurative artist.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you've got a manikin, you need this book. July 24, 2011
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I'm a high school art teacher. In my Art II class, I teach how to draw the human body. I have several manikins, but too expensive to buy for each student. So, I was quite pleased when I saw this book. With this, I'm able to project the diagram onto a screen for the entire class or simply demonstrate. One thing that I find especially helpful is the fact that several different approaches are given--if one doesn't work for you, just try another. Very easy to understand.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS SO COOL! February 6, 2012
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This is one of the greatest drawing instruction videos EVER! None of the other instructional methods I have purchased have been as easy to do as this DVD!

They should start teaching kids to draw in this manner in grade school! Then later on, teach them perspective, line, shading, etc.

It even has instructions on how to draw a female figure using a generic manikin.

Excellent stuff!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing DVD!!! June 29, 2012
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This DVD is phenomenal! The artist is brilliant both in his skill and presentation. To top it off, the artist includes a male model that is handsomely built and toned. Very, very beautiful male figure. And oh, Manny the Manikin is cute, too. This DVD is a must buy!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Product!! September 26, 2010
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The pdf files are great. One of the best explanations of using a manikin along with anatomical knowledge to draw.
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