Tech Task No. 8 – Tool Review

ECMP355’s eighth tech task required me to go over an online tool of my choice, and ask several questions about it.

What is the tool that you have chosen. What does it do? What else do you know about it?

I’ve chosen to go over a website/resource that I use on a regular basis: Posemaniacs. It features over 40,000 fully-rotatable nude, muscled human figures of various genders, poses, and angles. Often times, there are different angles of the same pose.

This is the homepage on the Posemaniacs website.

This is the homepage on the Posemaniacs website.

When I first found the website, it was in untranslated Japanese. There were only a couple hundred poses, and they were all of somewhat acceptable quality. Over the years, the website has received enough donations to increase their total number of stored images to over 40,000. The poses are “nude”, though I think there is only one exposed male genitalia on one of the sidebar tools.

With that said, there are several tools on the sidebar that each have their own uses.

This is on the right hand side of the website's front page. It has links to all of the website's tools.

This is on the right hand side of the website’s front page. It has links to all of the website’s tools.

Below that, there are links to all of the different filters that they use to separate the poses into easy-to-navigate sections.

This is the sidebar where over 40,000 poses are separated into groupings based on gender, pose, or angle.

This is the sidebar where over 40,000 poses are separated into groupings based on gender, pose, or angle.

30 Second Drawing Tool

This is what the 30 Second Drawing interface looks like.

This is what the 30 Second Drawing interface looks like.

This tool could be used both in and out of classrooms. It randomly chooses a pose/angle/gender to display, and you have x amount of time to draw it before it will switch to a new pose. You can change the time from the unexpectedly short 10 seconds to the more lengthy minute and a half. From personal experience, I know that this provides a great warm up exercise. It makes the participants focus on the overall shapes rather than minute details. I forget who it was that said “Most mistakes are made when you begin to focus on the minute details before getting down the whole picture,” but they were absolutely right. I would perhaps open up a class with a couple minutes of this tool to get kids more “in the zone” of drawing.

Negative Space Drawing

This is the Negative Space interface.

This is the Negative Space interface.

This tool, like the one above, could be used at the beginning of classes as a warmup exercise. This exercise helps users distance themselves from drawing “people” to instead draw “lines and shapes”. The only part that the viewer can focus on is the outline of the pose. It is much the same as the 30 Second Drawing tool.

Random Pose Viewer

This is the interface for the random pose viewer tool.

This is the interface for the random pose viewer tool.

This tool randomly chooses one pose out of 40,000 to display. You can click and drag to make lines to help to build a skeleton with which to draw from. I’d use this tool to help kids learn to look for key parts of the pose, such as a supporting leg, or a line of motion.

Hands for Drawing

This is the Hands for Drawing interface.

This is the Hands for Drawing interface.

WARNING: The first 3D model shown is a nude male torso, so if you would like to use this in class, perhaps open this tool on a tab to one of the hand models (any model that does not say beta, in other words.) This would be great for people/students to be able to draw the hand that they usually draw with. Drawing hands is also a great exercise in general, because they are one of the more complex things to draw.

IN CONCLUSION: As both a teacher and artist, this website is a useful tool as a whole, and has many useful tools. within it.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s