' Tara Donovan - Animator: Posable Skeleton of Awesomeness!

Posable Skeleton of Awesomeness!

October 20, 2011
Searching for good skeleton teaching reference for one of my George Brown Classes, I stumbled upon a great idea!  Illustrator Chris Beatrice made a desktop-sized, pose-able skeleton using an economical 20" model and a bit of something called 'sculptor's wax'. Check out how-to's on his blog, Illustration Fixation.

I ordered the same skeleton from Amazon and got it within two days. For the wax I had to hunt around a bit -- finally, on my 4th try, I found it!  Above Ground Art Supplies has this stuff called Tacky Wax that costs under $5 and works like a charm!! The wax is sticky and pliable when warmed in your hands, but hardens when cool. You can pose and repose this guy 'til the cows come home. I wish there were some way to make the spine flexible but that would take a lot of work and probably wire. I couldn't get my dude to stand up as Chris did, but it comes with a handy stand. Can't wait to do some anatomy studies!

Here he is, just in time for Hallowe'en!