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Easy Poser – A useful tool for burgeoning manga artists

Published by Adam Wareing in Hobby
11 Feb 2018

Easy Poser is for artists who require posable figures to use as reference for drawing. The app is straightforward, allows complex poses to be created, and has plenty of features. But with only manga-style mannequins available, it may be too niche.

If you’re an adult and your art is barely worthy of being displayed on the fridge, it might be time to brush up on your skills. Easy Poser can help by providing a visual reference for complicated human poses. But if you’re still working with the medium of crayon, sorry, chances are you’re beyond saving.

The app’s digital mannequins have many points of articulation that allow them to be manipulated into complex poses. After tapping on an area of the body, a slider menu will appear. It gives the user precise control of how the desired part is positioned within a three-dimensional space. The camera can be adjusted by slowly swiping the screen, and it can be moved with even more exactness through its own slider menu. The user can add mood to the scene by determining the direction of light and shadow, and models can be placed above the ground for some very cool, dynamic poses. The app is uncomplicated and fun to play around with. Interestingly, the articulation on the models doesn’t stop at the limits of the human body. Anything goes. The models can be contorted in horrific ways that make the Handstand Scorpion yoga pose look pleasant by comparison. This aspect of the design provides scope for imagination, but it won’t help budding artists gain an intuitive understanding of realistic poses. Having the option to toggle this limitation would be a good feature.

There free version has a reasonable number of features, including two save slots and a selection of preset poses. These can be expanded by upgrading to the full app, which also unlocks the option to have multiple figures onscreen at once. It’s worth noting that, in the free version, the ad bug also affects additional presets and the unlocking of hair and glasses. A further disappointment is that the props feature is not yet fully implemented, so for now at least you can’t have your mannequins hitting one another with chairs or… you know, sitting on them.

Screenshots can be exported, which could be useful if you want to print your scene. And poses can be shared to social media and other apps if you giddily want to show off the fact that you’ve nailed the crane pose from The Karate Kid, the dab, or something twisted from your imagination.

Easy Poser is fun and simple to use. It has an array of features, but it would benefit from an expanded selection of model physiques and an option to impose limits on articulation.  However, if you want to sketch manga on the go, it’s definitely worth checking out.

Our Rating

ProsCons
Easy and fun to use. Can create complex poses. Encourages imagination. Has screenshot and sharing features. Only has slender, manga-style models. No option for human limits of movement. No major props yet. Some bugs currently.
Rating
7/10
Developer: Park Kiyoung
Price: Free+
Developer: Madcat Games
Price: Free+