I find I typically draw better when I have good reference to look at. So I tend to keep a lot of model making supplies around the studio. One of the things I probably have the most of are assorted mannequin heads. It’s great to be able to light a plastic head whenever I have a question about the accuracy of my drawing. I even keep a small head in my pencil pouch just in case I ever need the reference.
Its kind of weird just how many heads I have around the studio.
I don’t believe any of the heads shown above cost more than $25. It’s a very small expense that could potentially provide a wealth of information. With the right lighting, you can get some amazing results from even the crudest of models. In my opinion, no studio should be without at least one mannequin head.