Skelly - Art Model 4+

Poseable Anatomy for Artists


Designed for iPad

    • 3.9 • 99 Ratings
    • $6.99



Hey artists! Tired of scouring the internet for reference material? Does the NSA think you’re a weirdo for looking up all those skeleton pictures? Got no-body to pose for you? Its going tibia ok, the Skelly app is just what you need! With the Skelly app you can literally pull the inspiration you need right out of your pocket anywhere, anytime!

Skelly is a fully poseable, anatomically correct reference skeleton for artists. A simplified version of the skeleton is also included, named “Robo-Skelly”. These figures were created to make the study of anatomy easier and more enjoyable for students and professionals without leaving your wallets bone dry. They can also be used to inspire poses for drawing, painting, sculpting, illustration, animation, comics, manga, storyboarding, twerking, and to fully understand the anatomy of the human skeleton. No need for super gluteus, Skelly comes pre-assembled and ready to pose as soon as you launch the app!

Learning the structure of the human body is the skeleton key to drawing the figure in an anatomically correct manner without having to clear your browser history to avoid awkward conversations with your loved ones. Whether you want to make works like Michelangelo or Miyazaki, Skelly will help you focus on your art and let you personalize his poses, rather than searching for reference material and hiring models. Learn to draw the skeleton from any angle without the inconvenient and morally questionable need to go grave robbing.


Anatomically correct skeleton
Simplified “Robo Skelly”
Proportions based on the teachings of Dr. Paul Richer
Skull fits perfectly into a “Loomis Head” as taught by Andrew Loomis
Poseable joints
Pose Library - choose from pre made poses and save your own
Movable camera
Adjustable light source
Choose light or dark background
Reset to neutral “Anatomical Pose”


James Gurney, author of ‘Color and Light’ and ‘Imaginative Realism’ Says:

"Bend him, twist him, contort him! The Skelly app lets you put a virtual human skeleton into any pose, and to see him from any angle, and in any lighting. It’s a great tool for art students or professionals wondering what the skeleton is really doing beneath a life pose, or for anyone wanting to visualize a pose from scratch. The interface is intuitive to learn and easy to use, without sacrificing any of the nuances of the human body’s complex range of movement. Skelly is a big improvement over the old wooden mannikin."

- Chris Oatley, Director Of The Oatley Academy Of Visual Storytelling Says:

"Skelly is the fastest, most fluid anatomical reference I have ever seen. I was shocked at how easy it is to pose the figure and direct the light source. Finally! It’s the app visual artists have been waiting for."

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What’s New

Version 2.01

Fixed various bugs and included support for the iPhone Notch

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
99 Ratings

99 Ratings

opalescent_sky ,

Nice posing system, but could use some improvements

I think Skelly has an intuitive posing system, and this is something I really like about it. However, I wish a few basic things could be improved about Skelly. One of those things is that Skelly doesn’t have a female model. You only get a male model. Also, there’s certain joints of the skeleton that you cannot pose. You cannot pose the jaw of the skeleton. You also don’t have the option to pose the hands & feet. The inability to pose the jaw, hands & feet creates some limitations when it comes to the types of poses that are possible. Additionally, it’s not possible to export a pose as a PNG image with a transparent background. You have to take a screenshot if you want to export your pose as an image, which isn’t ideal.

Pedeclaudo ,

A Must-have App for Serious Artists

If you're a serious artist, then Skelly is a no-brainer. I don't mean to put down any other products here, such as the ArtPose apps, but Skelly delivers a couple of things you just have to appreciate.

For one thing, the mechanism for manipulating joints is delightfully easy, with clear handles that let you achieve precise poses quickly. If you want to spend more time drawing than posing your artist model, you can't beat Skelly.

The other thing I love about Skelly is the fact that the developer deliberately kept the model generic. You get a skeleton and a robo skeleton, and that's it. At first glance, that may not seem like a benefit, but it really is. Without more specific details and even muscle masses, Skelly forces you to fill in the details from your imagination, so you don't have to actively tune out unwanted elements as you draw.

Is there room for improvement? Absolutely. I'd love to see a simple undo function added. If they provided adjustment tools for the hips and ribcage or even just male and female proportions, that would be nice too. And while I appreciate the ability to save poses, The ability to pass poses between devices would be a real benefit to those of us who use both an iPad and an iPhone to illustrate, as you could build a pose on your iPad and then pull it up on your phone to have as a reference while you illustrate. None of these are deal-breakers though.

Ellybellybear1234 ,

If I could get my money back I would

Firstly, the controls are terrible. It’s opposite of which direction you wish for it to turn. The pose range is not anatomically correct at the slightest miss turn. Did I mention that when you click on one bone and try to turn it with the arrows it clicks on a new bone? Well, that’s what happens. You cannot turn the arm below the elbow other than side to side. Want to go down? Well, you have to move the entire shoulder. Easy enough right? Well actually no, because when you try to turn the shoulder in a nature direction it goes crazy. Secondly, the camera function is not at all usable. Trying to turn the entire skeleton view is a nightmare it either flips out or simply doesn’t do it. The zoom function and lighting function work as advertised. If you just want the preprogrammed poses than it is a great app. However, is it worth the price? Absolutely not. This app is worth at most 1.99 and that’s generous. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY.

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