FREE Reference Photo Websites for Artists

Sema Martin | 14th July 2021

Drawing from just the imagination isn’t always the easiest and most reliable way of creating a realistic piece of art. It is more helpful to have a photo to work from. If you are unable to take your own reference photos from real life then check out The Artist Reference Image Library, full of license-free images for you to download and use for your art. This gallery has been created specifically for artists by artists!

1. The Artist Reference Image Library

THE ARTIST REFERENCE IMAGE LIBRARY

If you would like to contribute to the library then please just email hello@artismycareer.com with your high-quality images. All submissions for any category are welcome!

Don’t find what you are looking for in The Artist Reference Image library ? We have put together a helpful list of free image websites that any artist can use to create their wonderful works of art. By using a free image, it allows you to sell your artwork without breaking any copyright laws. There are many paid image websites to choose from but if you wanted to find a good variety of images to use for your art without breaking the bank then this is the list for you!

Just click the images to be taken to the website links. Enjoy!

2. Pixabay

Pixabay FREE Reference Photo Websites for Artists by art is my career

 

3. Unsplash

unsplash FREE Reference Photo Websites for Artists

 

4. Flickr

Not all photos are Creative Commons, be sure the ones you choose are free.

free reference photos for artists  by Art is my career, Flickr

 

5. Dreamstime

Both free and paid images are available on this website. Sign up for free to download.

free reference photo websites for artists by Art is my career dreamstime

 

6. Jason Morgan

free reference photos for artists by Art is my career Jason Morgan’s Free Reference Photos for Artists

 

7. Morguefile

Free reference photos for artists by Art is my career, morguefile

 

8. Paint My Photo

free reference photo websites for artists by Art is my career, paint my photo

 

9. FreePik

free reference photo websites for artists by art is my career, freepik

 

10. Pexels

free reference photo websites for artists by art is my career, pexels

 

11. Photobash

Photobash Royalty Free Images and 3D Models for Digital Artists

I hope this article has helped!

6 thoughts on “Free reference photo websites for artists”

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  2. Thank you for this list :O
    I suggest adding this website I’ve been using for my artwork for a few years new https://photobash.co/
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