Stickybones Poseable Figure Is An Animator's Dream Come True
Animators and artists have got a new weapon to look forward to in their arsenals for creating more lifelike forms with a new, poseable, freestanding animation figure for humans. It’s called Stickybones, and it will soon be available through an Indiegogo campaign. Referred to as the ultimate artist’s companion, it takes the old, jointed artists figures to an all new level. Previously constructed of wood, this new design is made from highly wear-resistant materials, whatever those are. While vague, the uses for an application like this are not. They are as varied in range as the super flexible figure itself.
For folks in the computer generation field of artistry, a tool such as this could be invaluable. With an exceptionally wide range of motion through pre-tensioned, snap-to-fit joints, an articulated mid-section and magnetic hands and feet, an animator can take the figure straight out of the box and with each camera frame quickly create a memorable animated short without supports, drilling or other tie downs to hold the figure in place with each successive move. It’s not only a time saver, but it allows users to develop poses that the old wooden figures couldn’t replicate of hold.
Artists & Sculptors
Painters and other artists, including sculptors, can use Stickybones for reference of the human form for hours on end without having to worry that their model is getting a cramp, ready to throw a clot, or about to pass out from fatigue after holding a pose too long. Capturing the curve of a neck, hip, spine, hand, foot or whatever else can be difficult without a visual aid. That’s why the wooden figures were originally designed and people had stand-ins for portraits. Is anyone else thinking The Danish Girl at this point?
For artists, one of the most difficult physical human characteristics to replicate is hands and feet. While the Stickybones figure looks as if it’s wearing rather clunky shoes that are capable of bending mid-length, the hands are simply amazing. All of the figure's components are of ball-and-socket design with crazy range of motion. The group behind Stickybones calls it “insanely flexible,” and it is. You could easily pose the figure in Rodin’s The Thinker, curl it up in the fetal position or have it do a back bend that would leave a yogi envious. And just to sweeten the deal, the device includes a specially treated ferrous metal surface to display the various poses you come up with.
After talking with several creative types about this upcoming artistic reference tool, they were all extremely excited at the prospect of getting their hands on one of these Stickybones figures. Whether it’s to improve their drawing skills, analyze body mechanics, practice animation principles or explore lighting in photography and film, everyone’s got a reason for wanting it. If you’re interested in more information on the figure or you’d like to pre-order one for yourself or someone you know, check out their crowdfunding page on Indiegogo or their Website linked above where you can see footage of the figure in action.