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
Pose Library - choose from pre made poses and save your own
Adjustable light source
Choose light or dark background
Reset to neutral “Anatomical Pose”
PEOPLE LOVE IT:
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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- A new Pose Library that comes with 27 pre-made poses.
- Save your own poses to the Pose Library.
- In the Pose Library, you can “Share Pose” to export it to your photo album, email, text message, printer, Facebook, Twitter, and more.
- New neck and scapula controllers for better… control of the scapula and neck.
- The UI is cleaner. You will see a new menu icon in the top left corner.
- Reset Pose was moved into the menu to prevent accidental resets.
- Various bug fixes
Ratings and Reviews
Good start, waiting on improvements
The most recent update as addressed my highest priority concerns. Def a much more useful app.
This is a great start. The app LOOKS great. The visuals are top notch. However, for the price point, I want more of the features that come stock with many of the other pose apps I have.
Ex: Save pose, Load pose, Ground/Perspective Plane.
To name a few. After using the app for a few months the controls can be a little finicky. Starting over when I reopen the app after investing time in a pose is a deal breaker. I am very Pro-Proko; I subscribe to all his content and with the high quality output re: his online videos I was expecting more from his debut app. I'm sure it will be great over time but I find myself using my other pose apps eagerly awaiting updates to this one.
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.
It's a great app but could use an update
For artists, this app is very useful. It's well made, easy to use, and has great models for the simple and detailed skeletons.
It could use more frequent updates. I'd like to have the interface sized for different screens. On my iPad Pro, the UI is way too large and gets in the way of the experience. More lighting options would also be useful so you could control multiple lights. It would also be awesome to be able to do short animations using a couple key frames, but that's just a thought for something in the future.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.