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Top 10 best free reference websites for artists in 2022

Oct 3, 2022

One of the most common questions I get is “Where do you find inspiration for your drawings?” If you're an anime artist, you know how important it is to have great drawing references.

There are a lot of great websites out there that can help an anime artist hone their skills and improve their drawing by using proper references to practice. It can be hard to know where to find the best resources in the millions on website on the internet. Luckily, I've got you covered.

Here are ten of the best art reference websites that every artist should bookmark:

P.s. Some of them were recommended by our Discord member, Derchy! Thank you so much for the recommendation.


Reference website for character design sheet

Setteidreams is a reference site for artists. It's full of character design sheets from anime! It's is a fantastic resource for artists looking for inspiration for their characters.

The site is full of high quality character design sheets from a variety of different anime, which can be a great source of inspiration for artists looking to create their own characters.

In addition to providing inspiration, SetteiDreams can also be a great resource for artists looking for specific information on how to create certain types of characters, props, costume. The website provides a wealth of resources of different character design in any anime shows, which can be incredibly helpful for artists who are looking to improve their skills.


2D animation reference shot for artists

Sakugabooru is a great site for artists who want to improve their skills in 2D frame-by-frame animation. The resource on their website is well organized and easy to navigate, making it easy to find the right references for your needs.

The vast selection of categories means that you can find exactly what you're looking for, and the quality of the animation is top-notch. This makes Sakugabooru an invaluable resource for anyone interested in 2D animation.

Characterdesign References

Boost up your mindset with beautiful artwork and artist interview

Characterdesignreferences is an excellent website for anyone looking for inspiration for their artwork. The website is full of beautiful artwork from many artists in a variety of styles, and also features interviews with artists to help boost your inspiration.

This website can help you develop a more positive mindset towards your artwork by providing you with insight from professional artists. If you're ever feeling stuck or uninspired, be sure to check out for a shot of creative inspiration.


Great source for game artwork

Creativeuncut is a great reference website for game artists. You can find high quality art from popular games, as well as character designs and reference sheets to help inspire your own drawings.

There is also a large selection of official artwork from game developers and studios. The site is constantly updated with new content, so it's a great resource to bookmark and check back often.


Quick poses and human muscles free images

Posemaniacs is a website that provides free pose reference and anatomy resources for artists. The site is useful for understanding the gesture and muscles of the human body.

The character poses are helpful for studying the human form and for creating artworks. The site is also useful for learning about the muscular system and the different muscles of the body.

This website is also a great resource for artists who are looking for reference photos of human faces. It is well organized and includes a large variety of reference photos. The photos are high quality and great for artists of all skill levels.

Human anatomy for artist

Variety photo reference for your character pose

If you're looking for a real photo for gesture drawing, the Human anatomy for artist website is a great resource for high-quality reference.

They provide a large perfect reference resource of human figure photos in various poses including male and female model, and you can select the details of the model from their categories. This is a great way to get a realistic photo of a human figure for your artwork.

One of the great things about Human-anatomy-for-artist website is that it comes with a wide variety of both solo and group poses. This means that when you're creating an illustration with multiple characters, you can easily find the perfect pose to help you with your composition.

Human anatomy for artist also has a number of poses specifically designed for couples, which can be very handy when creating romantic scenes. You can improve your gesture drawing by using the good references from this site.


Online art resource for anime hand available for free

Hatoking is a great resource for drawing anime-style hands. The website provides so many images of hand poses that can be used for reference or tracing.

The poses are well-drawn and beautiful, making them ideal for studying and practicing. The site is a great resource for both beginners and experienced artists who want to study the hands.


Let's sketch everyday

Sketchdaily is an excellent website for practicing your sketching skills. You can choose the topic of the photo you want to practice and use these photos to do the timed practice in sketchdaily. It's like you attain the life drawing session.

It's the best place to have drawing sessions and practice sketching from photos. The website provides many photos of subjects to choose from and the timer ensures that you spend a sufficient amount of time on each sketch.

They offers a variety of photo categories for artists to practice their skills. In addition to the human figure, they have animal and architecture photos as well. This variety allows artists to explore different subject matter and styles, expanding their artistic repertoire. Plus the photo collection are high quality!

Line of

Great reference for drawing practice

Line of action is one of many great reference websites for artist to practice figure drawing skills. The photos slide show is a great way to get inspiration for your drawings. The site is also have a forum where's a great place to find other artists to discuss and get feedback on your work.

The Line-of-Action also has a subscription model which is a great way to keep track of your art practice. For a monthly fee, you can have access to an ad-free access, more drawing tips when sketching, have more control of the type of images, and so on. It'll help you stay on top of your game.


Free and paid 3D warehouse for your personal and commercial use

Sketchfab is a website that offers collection of free and paid 3D models that can be used as drawing references. They have a huge variety of 3D models. If Unsplash and Pinterest is my favorite for 2D image free stock, then Sketchfab is my preference for 3D model.

Whether you're looking for a simple object to use as a reference for your character, or a more complex model to use for an architecture, Sketchfab is sure to have what you need. However, you may need to read their license agreement before putting them into your artwork.


Best website for drawing animal heads

If you're looking for a website that can provide you with animal head references, look no further than!

You can select the animal type you're interested in, then rotate the skull in the 3D pane to get the head reference in that view. The website will provide you with reference image of animal heads in the same angle direction of the 3D you adjusted, you can quickly find the animal's head reference in your preferred angle. It used to be so hard for me to find the perfect wildlife reference. I can't find them easily on the search so this website helped me a lot.

BONUS: Female anatomy for artist

Best website for female anatomy references

Female anatomy for artist is a website that full of great high quality photo references for female poses!

I really love this website because it helped me a lot when I want to find a reference to draw realistic female character. The website has a lot of different categories and poses that you can choose from, and the photos are all high quality and easy to access. I highly recommend this website for anyone who wants to improve their drawings of female characters.

Plus! You can also use the same method of on this website to search for the pose you want on the female anatomy website by adjusting the model to search!

In conclusion, these 10 websites are super great and they helped me develop a solid artistic foundation and much more. I wish the same to you and I hope you'll bookmark them and use them often! Do you have a website that you're loving? I'd love to hear about it! Let's tag me @lunarmimi in your IG stories and let me know your favorite list!

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