Pose a 3D mannequin
Tan Hui Tian explains how to use Clip Studio Paint’s 3D poser as a base for complex figure stances
Use Clip Studio Paint’s 3D poser, with Tan Hui Tian.
Most people will be familiar with the humble wooden drawing mannequin. While its blocky nature doesn’t represent the human figure accurately, it’s a simple and effective drawing aid.
Clip Studio Paint has a similar, if not far superior, artist mannequin referred to as a 3D drawing doll. The figures are more detailed than your usual wooden mannequin, with models of both sexes and the ability to modify each body type. There are preset poses, and you can create any pose you like before saving them in the library. This tool is helpful in blocking out a scene with characters, and as a guide for difficult character poses and foreshortening. Coupled with the Perspective Ruler (see issue 140), you can create a lived-in scene with multiple figures that fit the perspective of the environment.
That said, as with the wooden drawing mannequin, the 3D models in Clip Studio Paint aren’t fully representative of real humans. The joints can sometimes be rotated at physically impossible angles, and there aren’t real muscle interactions in the model to show how the topography of the body changes in different poses. Furthermore, Clip Studio Paint models are anime in nature.
With that in mind, it’s key to gather other references and not blindly follow the model. While a handy shortcut, such tools are no substitute for building up core knowledge of the human anatomy.