Utilizing poseable figures for digital work

Miss & Mister GRAPH’IT are poseable, plastic figurines. The poseable figures come in a “Miss/Body Chan” style and a “Mister/Body Kun” style. Each has facial features, muscle and tone definition, 18 articulation points and 30 rotation axes. This innovative design allows you to learn to draw the human body in a range of movement by easily reproducing an infinite number of poses.

 
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These poseable figures can be used in so many different ways. Use them for traditional drawing practice, timed sketch sessions, or add multiple figures for action scenes. Use the included weighted base to position your figure in dynamic ways.

 
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Today we demonstrate just one of many ways to utilizes the figures to create digital illustrations. You will need a phone or camera and a way to upload images to a computer and your digital illustration software/hardware of choice.

Step 1: Experiment with your figures position. Snap a number of photos, getting as many angles as possible. Try different lighting and light source positions. Add any additional objects to your figure or the scene that you can use as reference.

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Step 2: Select your final image and bring it into your software. We are using Adobe Photoshop, to start.

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Step 3: Lay down your lines. We suggest creating different layers for things like, clothes or hair, for easy editing. You can create multiple “hair” layers and then test each hair style by turning on and off the layers. Using different colors for each layer is a great practice, too!

Step 4: Once your rough lines are laid out, you are ready to start “inking” or finalizing your illustration. For the “inking” we then switched to Adobe Illustrator.

 
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Step 5: Inking is done so it is time to finalize! Bringing the file back into Adobe Photoshop, it is now time to color.

Note: you could also print your line work out with alcohol paper to use with your favorite markers! Print multiple copies to experiment with!

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Here is the final digital illustration using October’s #ColorsoftheMonth:

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The Miss & Mister sets come with additional hands and feet. The types of hands are designed to cover the basic hand positions: open palm hand, closed fist and closed hand holding an object (a toothpick works great, for example). The set also contains two pairs of feet: a pair of fixed feet and a pair with articulated toes.

 Hands and feet are easy to change, however: this product is not a toy. The joints are small and delicate, they must be handled with care. Contains small parts that pose a choking hazard.

Each figurine has its own weighted base for better stability. This keeps the figurine stable even when its position moves its center of gravity beyond the area of the base.