A stick figure is a very simple type of drawing, generally of the human form, although stick figures of other types of animals are possible (for example, a stick figure dog). Human beings, humans or man (Origin 1590–1600 L homō man OL hemō the earthly one (see Humus The dog ( Canis lupus familiaris) is a domesticated Subspecies of the gray wolf, a Mammal of the Canidae family of the order In a stick figure, the head is represented by a circle, sometimes embellished with details such as eyes or crudely-scratched-out hair. In Anatomy, the head of an Animal is the Rostral part (from Anatomical position that usually comprises the Brain, Eyes Eyes are organs that detect Light, and send signals along the Optic nerve to the visual areas of the brain Hair is a keratinised protein filament that grows through the epidermis from follicles deep within the Dermis. The neck, arms, legs and torso are all represented by single straight lines (thus the name). The neck is the part of the Body on many limbed Vertebrates that distinguishes the head from the Torso or trunk In Anatomy, an arm is one of the Upper limbs of an animal The term arm can also be used for analogous structures such as one of the paired upper limbs In common usage the human leg is the lower limb of the Body, extending from the Hip to the Ankle, and including the Thigh, the Torso is an anatomical term for the central part of the many animal bodies (including that of the human from which extend the neck and limbs The neck and torso are different segments of one straight line.
Generally, stick figures are drawn by hand with a pen or pencil and have hard, defined edges. Though not displaying very much detail, what is drawn is generally required. For instance, if one was to draw a person, the person's eyebrows would generally only be drawn to provide a sort of facial expression, be it of anger or shame. The eyebrow is an area of thick delicate hairs above the Eye that follows the shape of the brow ridges. A facial expression results from one or more motions or positions of the Muscles of the Face.
Stick figures have proven effective as a source of advertising, entertainment and as a form of storyboarding and practice for filmwork. Advertising is a form of Communication that typically attempts to persuade potential Customers to Purchase or to consume more of a particular Brand See also Entertainment (disambiguation and The Entertainer (disambiguation Entertainment is an activity designed to give people See also Pre-production Storyboards are graphic organizers such as a series of Illustrations or Images displayed in sequence for the purpose of Filmmaking is the process of making a Film, from an initial story idea or commission through scriptwriting shooting editing and finally distribution to an audience This is especially crucial for creating "animatics", as a film special effects team is then able to visually display the outcome of a scene by using stick figures, but saving in money, time and effort of providing a completed shot, but only having to have the necessary information provided. The illusions used in the Film, Television, Theater, or Entertainment industries to simulate the imagined events in a story are traditionally called
Stick figures are often used in animations made with Adobe Flash. A Flash animation or Flash cartoon is an animated Film which is created using Adobe Flash animation software and often distributed in the The bouncing ball animation (below consists of these 6 frames Adobe Flash (previously called Shockwave Flash and Macromedia Flash) is a set of Multimedia software created by Macromedia and currently Stick figures are easy to draw and can be traditionally animated a lot quicker than full drawings. Well known stick figure animations include Xiao Xiao and Joe Zombie. Xiao Xiao ( is an Internet Flash cartoon series by Chinese Animator Zhu Zhiqiang, featuring stick-figure men performing Joe Zombie is an Internet Flash cartoon series created and animated by Rob DenBleyker co-creator of the Cyanide and Happiness[http
Microsoft PowerPoint has also been used to make stick figure movies. PowerPoint animation is a form of Animation which uses Microsoft PowerPoint and similar programs to create a game or movie Microsoft PowerPoint is a proprietary Presentation program developed by Microsoft. By creating a slide with a stick figure in it, copying and pasting a new slide and changing the new slide users can create a movie, although it is a much more laborious process.
Cutout Pro Stickman is specifically designed for stick figure animation. Each figure is controlled with control points and key frames and saves drawing inbetweens. When an arm is moved, the whole body gets affected using skeleton simulation. Stickman has some functions for importing pictures, add control points and deform them. Users can export animations as .avi or .swf files. It is also possible to generate sprite sheets for use in 2D games. Figures can be created with a software called "Elemento" that follows with Stickman.
Pivot Stick Figure Animator is also designed for stick figure animation. Pivot Stickfigure Animator (usually shorted to Pivot) is a freeware program intended to build Stick figure -based Animations It was programmed by Peter As with Cutout Pro Stickman, this software allows a user to control key points/joints. It also allows the user to load images (sprites) and animate them. In Computer graphics, a sprite (also known by other names see Synonyms below is a two-dimensional/three-dimensional Image or Animation that
TISFAT is tween-based stick figure animation software, allowing the user to create any kinds of figures and objects, that are animated in layers by keyframes, between which the program does the animation for the user. TISFAT (stands for This Is Stick Figure Animation Theatre) is a free stick figure animation tool made in Delphi by 'NoshBar' (Dirk de la Hunt Movies can be exported as AVI, SWF and SIF files.
Project Dogwaffle can be used to animate stick figures, and is for the more experienced.