Handy Art Reference Tool

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Rank Class iPhone iPad
Download Rank(Paid) 530 270
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  • Handy Art Reference Tool
  • Handy Art Reference Tool
  • Handy Art Reference Tool
  • Handy Art Reference Tool
  • Handy Art Reference Tool


Developer Belief Engine
BundleID com.beliefengine.handyapp
Version 5.0.3
Size 263.7MB
Released November 11,2011
Updated February 5,2021
Score 4.9
Review Num 749
Support http://www.handyarttool.com
Language English
Rating 4+
Compatibility 10.3


  • UndraTundra - 2020-03-21 01:11:45

    It’s alright but...

    It’d be nice if you could adjust the skin tone as well. Lots of artists forget that people with darker skin have lighter palms. Also, artists would be able to see how different lighting situations affect different skin tones. Other than that, if they’re going to charge $6 to unlock the entire app, it should have more, like a full body model. Right now for the baseline payment it’s pretty much just heads and hands in only one skintone.

  • NotJayvn - 2020-02-13 06:10:27

    This is great for those who struggle with hands

    The amount of features this app has is amazing and they’re all beneficial. I love how much depth it has too it and I wish there were more apps who had the same vision in mind as this one. It doesn’t focus on monetization it just wants to help artists and I love that about this app.

  • Eli_Kale - 2020-03-29 22:20:59


    I don’t write reviews for apps often, but this is one I find myself thankful to have purchased. The variety of poses for hands, ability to adjust light source, and make your own poses, is fantastic for references or just for simple study sketches. Highly recommend!

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3D Fully Lit Art Reference for Artists! Need a specific hand pose? Need quick lighting reference? Just like skulls? 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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