L'Ecorché is a groundbreaking, intuitive tool developed by artists, for artists to reference anatomy. It's not a book, it's not a sculpture. It's an elegant and painstakingly-detailed fusion of the two that takes the best of both and brings them into a whole new medium for learning.

Originally developed by animation sculptor Michael Defeo as a personal reference tool for his courses with anatomy expert Scott Eaton, this application has grown from a simple sculpture for the iPad into a fully-developed application for iPad, iPhone, Mac desktop and eventually Andriod and PC desktop platforms. With your help, it will be the most advanced and detailed learning tool of its kind.

Working with world-renowned anatomy expert Scott Eaton, Michael has designed an intuitive app that features classical, educational and instructional versions of Jean-Antoine Houdon's iconic "écorché."

Rather than simply looking at a book or a sculpture, the artist can now:

* tumble and zoom the model from 360 degree angles;
* switch to Scott's updated version which keeps the original grace while providing anatomical corrections;
* toggle an informational overlay which will reveal a full muscular map that includes text indicating origin, inserts and actions.
* In addition, Scott is overseeing Michael's planar and primitive versions that will help the artist better understand the forms at play, with both artists working tirelessly to ensure maximum correctness, elegance, intuition and usability.

* This is not a posable figure. Rather, think of it as having this classic sculpture on your device.

What's New

Version 1.1.0

Updated skeleton and muscle information.

Ratings and Reviews

Great set of anatomical models and reference. Would love more models!

basic instructions

This is great for what it is: five 3D models (Full Body, Head, Torso, Arm, Leg) to pose with various types of detail/contour + an anatomy reference.

I would love MORE MODELS. Like a woman’s body, perhaps. Or fully-skinned models of various shapes and sizes.

But a marvellous start.

How disappointing.

Trey Buongiorno

The website and the download will lead you to believe that this is a high quality, well lit reference. The fact is that it's simply not. Although it is well modeled, it is unable to change light sources and is also unable to be posed or even switch between poses from a pose library. You can switch between viewing the face, the torso, and other body parts, but they're just pieces of the same whole, so there aren't any advantages to switching at all. There's also no female reference. The fact that only a male model is offered could have been made better by the ability to pose or change a light source or even adjust proportions, but you can't. Positive things I can say is that there is a nice wealth of anatomy reference similar to what you would find in a medical book; that being said, this would be more useful for doctors than for true artists. Skip this one, there's plenty of other reference online and in 3D packages that are way better.

Useful Reference on the Desktop


This is a great reference to have access to when doing digital sculpting in ZBrush. There's also a great deal of information available via the "Info" button, where you can see more detailed images of the muscles and their corresponding origin, insertion and action attributes.

It appears the fingers are being cut off due to a clipping plane issue. I'm sure this will be addressed in the next update. The model is adequately lit and I enjoy being able to toggle between the different interpretations.

The one negative review here does a great disservice to this wonderful app. This is based on a rather famous, classic sculpture, hence, the single, static pose. If you require multiple poses, there are other anatomy apps that offer this capability. As for wanting dynamic lighting, the developers are open to suggestions. There's always room for improvement.

I would definitely NOT skip this one. It's a great reference to have handy on the desktop.


MD3D, Inc
102.4 MB
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
© 2013 MD3D, Inc.


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