Soccer Sketching: Learn soccer body movement with photos and manikins
The best "stop action" photos are taken with cameras with shooting magazines that can take dozens of photos at a time. This is similar to video, but with slower and larger frames. These photos, like the one below from Active.com, make a wonderful sketch reference, but leave many unknowns.
While a COLOR-LILIJ Body Figure manikin cannot duplicate every pose, when used correctly, you can position it into similar poses, which, in turn, reveal unseen mysteries as you rotate it in front of you.
The manikin is small, which is a perfect size for taking photos of it with your cell phone. Even though it is small, its body is fully jointed, and its toes move, something of interest for every soccer player.
Its joints all rotate on ball and sockets, as seen below. Everything is extremely stiff when you first use it, however, so if you are not careful (or yank at a joint), it can fall apart. Because it is so delicate, do not let children play with it!
Below is an example of the manikin's flexibility! Pay particular attention to its legs and feet and imagine positioning it similar to the photo of the running soccer player.
The manikin kit comes with extras, such as arms, lower legs, hands, and accessories that fit in the hands. It also has a manikin holder used for positioning it upright as though it was running or jumping.
My next blog will discuss how to position the manikin in reference to a soccer player photo and what you can learn from it. I'll also discuss how to handle the manikin and what to do when things get loose or worse, drop off.