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


Paint My Photo

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

Welcome to my blog. I’m Sema and from my little cottage in Wales I have created this series of blog posts to help other artists on their journey of becoming great! I specialise in colour pencil as a medium and have created many pet portraits for customers all over the world. You can read more about my journey by clicking the button below.