Anatomy 360 is a new app that allows users to rotate, light and even animate a variety of 3d models to their liking. There have been similar apps like this before, but none with this level of detail of customization.
For instance, you can purchase a high resolution 3D model of a head, and light it any way you like, to use as reference for a painting. The level of realism you can achieve, without any 3D experience, is kind of mind-boggling. Some of these 3D models are more than adequate to use as a substitute for a real model.
The other great thing about Anatomy 360 is that the App itself is free. Instead, they make money by selling models and poses. This means that you can get started using the program with very little financial investment, just $10 or so. Further more, the pay-per-model system also ensures that the company will be releasing new models regularly.
Below is a small sampling of some of the models and various poses that are already available.
And although I would likely still use a real model for figure poses (there are a lot of things that happen during a photoshoot that you just can’t plan for), I would certainly be inclined to use this as a resource for various heads, essentially granting me a library of dozens of models of differing ages and ethnicities.
You can watch a video of what this program is really capable of right here: