Handy Art Reference Tool 4+

3D Lit Reference for Artists‪!‬

Belief Engine

    • 4.9 • 1.1K Ratings
    • $1.99
    • Offers In-App Purchases



3D Fully Lit Art Reference for Artists! Need a specific hand pose? Need quick lighting reference? Animal skull reference? Handy's got all that.

"Thanks to this useful app, drawing realistic hands can become a whole lot easier" - ImagineFX

"Pencillers, inkers, and colorists should all give this a look!" - Tony Moore, co-creator of The Walking Dead

If you're an artist and ever wanted just quick and easy drawing reference for hands, heads, or even feet (IAP) without having to awkwardly pose your limbs in front of a mirror, this app is for you!

HANDY is an artist's reference tool, consisting of several rotatable 3D limbs with a variety of poses useful for drawing. You can also customize and edit your own poses for hands, feet, and skulls.

Fully adjustable 3-point lighting means you can get easy lighting reference when using any of the 10+ included 3D head busts. Handy if you’re painting and need to know what shadows the head casts from a certain angle!

Also available is the Animal Skulls pack. With over 10 different animal species, it's great for anatomical reference or creature design inspiration.
[Foot rigs and Animal Skull pack require additional purchase]

NEW in Handy v5: Edit the materials of models! Selectively turn off their textures, adjust their specularity, or tint them a certain color.

Perfect for comic book artists, painters, or just casual sketchers!

Featured in ImagineFX's Top 10 Must-Have Apps!

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What’s New

Version 5.0.5

- Fixed an issue where images would sometimes fail to save to Photos with transparency.
- Slight improvement to the Save Scene/Light Rig UX flow
- Minor bug fixes

Thank you for your support!

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

Herobrine in jurassic park ,

Artist’s dream

This app is probably one of the best apps I’ve EVER downloaded!!! Hands have always been so hard for me, for years I’ve struggled with them, until I found this app. Being able to to pose the hands however I want at whatever angle I want has proven to be beyond useful, I’m finally able to grasp the hand anatomy the more I study these models!! I honestly don’t know what I’d do without this app, I didn’t realize how much I use it until I opened my app recently and was told I’ve opened it 100 times! (I thought the message was so cute!). Not only hands, but the head models I can pose have saved me. Being able to adjust the lighting allowed me to better understand how to shade my characters faces! Overall I am so utterly grateful for this apps existence!!!! To all artists out there, if you don’t have this app yet - get it!! You won’t regret it!

/-\/-\ ,

Literally the best art reference app I’ve ever seen

Art is something that truly helps me out in life, but recently, I had been struggling to find the drive to finish anything I started. This singlehandedly fixed that. If you have any interest in drawing humans, I suggest you get this app immediately. The only issue I can think of is that it’s pretty intensive on your battery, but as long as you can charge your device while using it, that won’t even be an problem. Beyond that, everything is near flawless. All of the features are virtual lifesavers when it comes to specific references and even just general understanding of your subject. The interface is intuitive and responsive, all of the menus are easy to navigate, and the developer support is great, too. Easiest five star rating I’ve ever had the pleasure of giving.

The App for artists ,

Great for artists

This app has been so helpful. Not only does it help with anatomy but it also helps with lighting. It’s great for reference and it’s come to a point where I cannot live without this app.

Although the app is perfect in my opinion, I do believe there should be new things added. I think it would be great to add even more light sources and to be able to position them on a xyz plane. And most importantly, it would be amazing to if there would be full body models that we can position. I would happily pay for these features.

Other than that, this app is amazing. It’s definitely worth the money.

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