Remember when Ikea first opened in the UK? Apart from buying a lifetimes supply of tea lights, everyone came home with one of their wooden figurines – a man with moveable body parts used traditionally by artists for drawing. Well fast forward a few (ok a lot) of years and I’ve found a modern version of this classic product, and it’s infinitely better as there’s a dog version too.
The possibilities of posing them are endless and there are loads of creative videos people have made if you search online. Focusing on Rover, I studied Lupo and positioned Rover’s legs to bend in the same way, for authenticity. Rover has a deep chest and curly tail, so could easily pass as a Dobermann.
They each come in their own see through presentation box, with ideas for poses on the back. They are great for both budding photographers and those who prefer a more traditional approach with pencil and paper. Below is my favourite pose, ‘play’ as Lupo does this a lot!
Adam, on the other hand, is tall and quite tricky to balance on his feet, so I tend to prop him up on Rover. His head looks a little small in this photo, but if I sat next to Lupo like that, I’d look small too. My only criticism is that his waist joint is a little loose, so doesn’t stay upright easily. I’m sure it’s just a one off and if you were handy with a small tool kit, you could fix him easily yourself.
Adam and Rover now live on our TV stand, surviving so far from a nosey dog and a baby who wants to put them in her mouth. From an interior design perspective I think they make an interesting addition to the living room and certainly a talking point.
No Rovers were harmed in the making of this blog post.