View Full Version : Real or 3d reference mannequins for drawing ?

01-24-2017, 12:12 AM

I am searching for reference figures for drawing practice.

Found mostly those wooden sticky type mannequins which have not very realistic joints,
some expensive and static medical models
and an anime type figure (but very strange head and body proportions)

Do you know sources of more realistic looking posable figures?

It seems to me there is nothing like that.

The alternative would be 3d models.
Is there something ready made (and easy to use) that shows the muscles in detail and with skin overlay to see how they affect the form and shading (even for head and hand)?
I know of poser and Daz3d. Even though the models are good, especially when looking at the price, they seem to have not very well defined details (muscles under skin are not well defined or if they are morphed they look unrealistic, tendons are more or less not there at all).

01-24-2017, 01:04 AM

01-24-2017, 04:07 AM
Too bad it is an IOS app, and not an application on a desktop.. like Windows & Mac. Great reference material though.

01-24-2017, 06:42 AM
Looks interesting,

and available for Windows:


Free appetizer version offered with ~50€ InApp purchase for full version.

02-04-2017, 05:14 PM
If you just need a mannequin like the cheap wood ones, but with much better posing and articulation you could try this one

It's not cheap at $89 without shipping or taxes and it won' t be ready until at least March, but it does look very good. Like all kickstarter projects I' ve been interested in ( motion capture suits), the price will probably double when they start selling retail.

Another option is Clip Studio Paint ( Previously called Manga Studio) which has a 3d model you can pose and then paint over. It has a lot of built in poses and you can save your own in a library. There are 2 versions, Pro $48 and EX $209. Both have the 3d posing. Some have bought the $48 version for $15 on sale.


Here's a video of the 3d pose mode

The last option if you have zbrush is to use the mannequin models it comes with. If you don't have it, you can always download the trial and practice until the trial runs out.


02-11-2017, 03:31 PM
You could check sketchfab maybe, there a loads of bodyscans from which you can navigate and orbit around as you please and take snapshots, some of them are also downloadable.