Little wooden mannequin experiment

I recently organized a creative evening with my friends. It’s when I bust out my forgotten-during-the-rest-of-the-year art supplies and gather friends in my living room with clay, watercolors, brushes, crayons, colored pencils, gouaches, and different types of paper, and just spend an afternoon/evening having fun. None of us are artists, or even paint/draw/sculpt as a hobby. We just like to have fun together, and being creative is a wonderful way to have fun every once in a while. I wish it was a more regular thing, but unfortunately our schedules are rarely compatible.

For this last one, which was during the Christmas season, I decided to buy one of those little wooden mannequins that help artists draw human figures. It’s relatively cheap and I wanted to give our non-artist-selves a little bit of artistic inspiration. Studying the mannequin while trying to draw it, though, gave me a few ideas for a sort of photography project.

I won’t go into much detail, as it’s still basically just a vague idea in my head, but I’m thinking of starting a photography project that involves that little wooden mannequin. I am, however, still very much in the newbie-part of shooting film photography. So, I decided to take some “test” shots. I basically did a small “photoshoot” with the mannequin while trying different lights, different angles, different poses, and different aperture and shutter speed settings. It helped me to understand what I could do with the mannequin and everything around it in order to better plan my project and eventually put it into practice.

It was a wonderfully useful shoot and I did end up with a few photographs that I like, so I’ve decided to share them in this tiny little space on the web. You can see the few photos I liked best from that experiment here. In this post, I can give you a sneak peak of a “shameless selfie” with my mannequin.

I do want to name this mannequin. As you can probably tell, with Zoe and Sophie, I enjoy naming objects. What do you think I should name him? It’s a him, by the way. If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them!


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