FREE Reference Photo Websites for Artists

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 I have put together a helpful list of free image websites which 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!


My personal favourite. Sign up for free to download the images.



Not all photos are creative commons, be sure the ones you choose are free


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

Jason Morgan


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Let me know in the comments below if this was useful and if you know of any others I can add to my list. Thank you for reading.

Pet Portraits by Sema Martin

Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Sema Martin and I am a realism pet portrait artist based in Wales, UK.  I specialise in colour pencil as a medium and have created many pet portraits for customers all over the world, drawing from their reference photo sent to me by email. The high-quality brand of colour pencils used is a mixture of Faber Castell Polychromos and Caran D'ache Luminance on extra smooth Bristol Board paper.