10 reference photo resources for artists



Have you ever had problems with finding a good reference photo for your artwork? I know that sometimes it can be a real struggle if you don’t know the right places to search from. Therefore I decided to make a list of all the places where you can find photos for your next artwork/project.

Free resources
On Facebook there are many groups and pages where you could find reference photos for your next artwork. Each reference group and page have their own rules. Make sure you read them through before using any pictures.

NEW SITE Reference photos for artists It’s closed group on Facebook. You have to send an invitation to be a part of this group. It offers photos starting from still life and ending with mushrooms. You may also upload your finished artwork to this group. Personally I have found many reference photos for my paintings and drawings so I really like this group

Artist reference photos– it’s a Facebook page for artists and photographers. They ask you to credit any photographers when you use their work. They have a huge gallery which offers photos about almost everything. There are many pictures about landscapes and animals. This page also lets you post your finished artwork for page members to see. I like this page. It has so many beautiful pictures. Sometimes it’s hard for me to choose.

JuneartZ Free reference photo’s for artistsThis one is also on Facebook. It’s a personal collection of photos from June. She allows artists to use her pictures. She has only one rule. You have to credit her. I haven’t used any of her photos yet, but I think she has some really beautiful photos on her page. I will definitely use some of them in the future.

MorgueFile– It offers high resolution stock photos which are freely contributed by many artists. They ask that you credit the photographer when possible. Although, if you have any questions, you should contact the specific photographer.

Public domain photos– They allow you to use their images for any purpose, including commercial. If some photos contain logo and products, you should be careful.

Free photos for artists–  You can find wide variety of high quality, mega pixel and copyright free photos. It has many galleries full of beautiful pictures.

Resources with a fee

Wildlife reference photos– The website is run by a family of 5 members. Photos are royalty-free which means that once purchased you can use photos as many times as you wish. You can use them for personal and commercial use. 1 photo costs $5. They offer a featured subscription. It allows you to download 5 high resolution photos for $10 if you download them in 30 days.

African Reference photos– As name already says, this website offers wildlife reference photos. You can use them for personal and commercial use. 20 photos are just $10. All these photos are taken by  Scotch Macaskill.

3d.sk– It offers human photo references for 3D artists and game developers. So if you are an 3D artist, then check out this site.

Paint my photo– Personally I haven’t used photos that this site offers but I have noticed that many artists use photos from that page. In order to use the photos you have to register and become a member. It asks you to consider a small monthly subscription.

Do you know any other photo reference sites for artists? Please let me know and I will add them to my post.

5 ways how to deal with negative feedback

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Are you a creative person who from time to time is dealing with negative feedback and haters? Maybe you suddenly get doubts whether you are good enough to succeed with your work or not. That makes 2 of us. I have had so many times when I finish a new piece of artwork and I feel so good about it and then suddenly someone comes and destroys my inner piece. I will tell you about 5 ways how to deal with negative feedback.

1. Try not to care what other people think about your work. You would make your life so much easier if you would concentrate more on creating that on people’s opinions. I know its easy to say but if you let every single person affect you, then you won’t get very far, believe me. As much as there are people in the world, there are different tastes in everything. You can’t expect everybody to love your work.

The greatest prison people live in is the fear of what other people think- Unknown

2. Make your mission to disappoint every doubter who ever thought that you won’t succeed in what you’re doing. On 2010 when I decided to choose creating art over studying business and marketing, many people thought that I have lost my mind. They probably thought: “She will never pull this off! She can’t do that. Its ridiculous and stupid.” You know what? In the end of the day, you will  be happier if you do what you love and if you get to show your haters that you are a warrior and you will never give up, then you have won, big time! It sure feels good when you realise how far you have come and how much you have accomplished!

The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do- Walter Bagehot

3.Don’t forget that through all these negative feedback and haters, you will grow as a person. People tend to come to our life to teach us something. Sometimes it can be something good and sometimes it can be something negative. Usually when people give us negative feedback or tell us bad things, then we get really protective and start defending ourselves. Instead of getting disappointed and feeling discouraged we should think how we could grow as a person through this situation. We should try to learn to stay calm and peaceful. Like Dalai Lama said, we shouldn’t let the behavior of others to destroy our inner peace.

We met for a reason, either you’re a blessing or a lesson- Frank Ocean

4.Many times people who are brave enough to say something negative about you, aren’t really worth your attention. I mean they are not your good friends, not even your family friends. They probably will cross your way only once and after that you will never see them again, not to mention, hear about them.

Why  Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings and emotions- Will Smith

5.You were born to do it! If every morning you wake up feeling excited towards upcoming day then it means that you are on the right road, you are doing the right thing. Don’t ever have doubts!

You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it-Robin Sharma

I’m not sure where you are exactly on your journey, but when it comes to negative feedback and haters, then I always remember these 5 things and I already feel so much better.

I really hope that my post was somehow helpful. I would love to hear your experience with negative feedback. What have you done to restore the faith in yourself, to feel good again?

Why I love being an artist


Why I love being an artistHave you ever thought about why you love doing the things that you do every day? I have! Few days ago I was thinking about a lot of things. I started to think about the times when I began to draw again, on 2010. I thought about all those reasons why I love being an artist.

1)I start with the most important thing. I love to give emotions through my paintings. Every time when I paint something, I put my whole soul in it. There is a quote that I like:

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”- Maya Angelou

 My goal is to make people happy!

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see”- Edgar Dega

Actually the whole process of the painting coming to life is very exciting. The idea of the painting may come in the most unexpected moment. And then I  start to think about it. I start to visualize it in my mind. After that I paint it.

I also love the feeling that I get when I know that I have made somebody’s day better because they liked my artwork or because I inspired them somehow.

2) I love learning new things. Not a single day will pass without me learning something new. Whether it be about drawing and painting or something about marketing because when it comes to being an artist, you actually have to do a lot more than paint and draw. You also have to post your art online, market it, find new potential customers, edit pictures, answer to letters, make videos about progress of art and read books about all kinds of things. And this all is so exciting.
I love to watch speed up videos about other artists creating their artwork. I have watched many videos about drawing techniques and painting techniques.

3) I love to meet other artists. I would have never thought that there are so many talented and beautiful  people. I have made some new friends along the way. And their passion and amazing artworks have inspired and motivated me a lot.

So these are some of the reasons why I love being an artist. Every morning when I wake up, I’m so excited because it’s a brand new day full of endless opportunities and possibilities.

What is your passion? What makes you come alive? Why do you like it?


How to start believing in yourself

How to start believing in yourself

Have you ever found yourself thinking that you are not good enough? That your ideas are not good enough? Maybe you think that there are so many artists who are better than you? Have you ever thought: “How am I supposed to achieve my dream?” Welcome to my world. I have had these kind of thoughts so many times that I have lost count. But there is a way how to start believing in yourself more.

I remember when I started to draw and paint again on 2010. Back then I had this perfect image on my mind how I wanted everything to be. Which also included my artistic skills and abilities. I wanted to be good and professional quickly. Unfortunately that meant only one thing, that I didn’t have patience.
So I drew and painted a lot but many times I got mad and frustrated because things didn’t go the way I wanted. So I just threw my pencils and oil colors in the corner. Few days later, something inside of me kept telling me ” Try again, don’t give up. Eventually you will achieve your goals”.

I had a really hard time in my life back then. I studied in the university business and marketing but something inside of me kept telling me that this is not the right thing. And besides that I had an anxiety which made it quite impossible to even go to school. Eventually on the 3rd year I took the risk and decided to quit.

There were so many people around me who didn’t understand why I made that kind of choice. When I told them that I want to be an artist and make the living with my art, then many of them raised their eyebrows and gave me the weird look, like I’m some kind of freak. They told me that its impossible to make money by selling your art. That this can only be my hobby, nothing more. Many even stopped being my friend. But that was totally fine with me.

To be honest, I was really scared. Why? Because I didn’t know how to achieve my dream. And the uncertainty about the future made me worry a lot. Eventually I understood that worrying about everything doesn’t help at all. In fact it only makes things worse. So I decided to take 1 day at a time. As I started to be more positive, I noticed that everything started to get better. My mindset was more positive and I didn’t throw my art supplies to the corner anymore. In fact, I started to get more inspiration and ideas about what to draw and paint.
I spent hours watching different art tutorials on Youtube. I did everything that I could to be better than I was the day before. I invested in myself.

Today I’m really grateful that I didn’t give up.

So if you are facing some difficult times and you want to give up, then please don’t! Because then you might regret later and think: ” What could have been if… “

You will have to face your deepest fears and tell yourself that: “I am good enough!” You have to believe in yourself! Surround yourself with people who like same things as you. There is a quote that I like:
“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step”- Dr. Martin Luther King

So just take the first step. And one day you will realize that all these little steps helped you to achieve your dream.

Have you experienced something similar? Maybe you can even share some tips.


Art groups that you should follow

As an artist I have learned in time the importance of being a member of art groups. As though most of the artists tend to like more solitude, they still need the community. A feeling that you are a part of something bigger in this world. A place where you can meet people who have same interests and share the same passions as you.
It was 2013 December. I remember it very clearly,I was drawing and painting. I was happy. Yet I felt like there was something missing. By that time I  had found some art groups on Facebook where people could share their artwork and give feedback about other artist’s artwork but mostly people just posted their artwork and that was about it. They didn’t much care about giving feedback about other artist’s artwork or just a simple “Like” which sometimes could brighten up somebody’s day. There was something missing in those groups.
That was the time when I was browsing artwork on one of these art groups. There was a lot of nudity in this group and I was doing my best to still see the good sides of the group which were beautiful artworks of artists. And then it happened. I came across a post by Inaa Häggström Foose who invited all the girls to join her new art group Women’s International Creative Group.
Women’s International Group was created for girls and women only which means that nobody else can post to this group. It’s a group where people can post all kinds of creative work and share it with other artists. Which include photography, craftings, artworks, music, writing and share tips and ideas.
In the beginning I decided to keep a low profile and observe to see what this group is all about and to understand the spirit of the group. It didn’t took me a lot of time to realize that this group is full of beautiful, talented and friendly people. They appreciate each and every single member of the group. I felt the joy of recognition. Why? Because I felt like I had found a right group. A group that I had always wanted to be a part of.
And what I also love about this group. People actually give feedback about each other’s artwork and they encourage and support each other on hard times. For sometimes some artists might get artist blocks or they might have some problems in life and feel like they want to give up. To quit art, for ever. But in this group everybody are always so positive and they encourage each other to not give up and try harder.
I’m so happy that I found this group. Thanks to this group I have been able to meet so many beautiful and talented people.
Here is a picture where you can see the admins of this group.
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Another group that I recently found on Facebook is Lachri – Youtube art group. I found it because I had been following Lachri fine art page on Facebook for a while and then Lisa ( an artist behind Lachri fine art) decided to make a group for artists. And of course I wanted to be a part of this group because I love Lisa’s artwork and her Youtube videos.
This group was created so that people from Lisa’s Youtube channel could have a place to share their artwork and ask advice from other artists. I can always learn something new by reading all these posts that discuss about a technique, medium and social media . People are really friendly and nice. There are also challenges for group members in every month.
Plus every week Lisa posts new videos on her Youtube channel and also shares them in the group with members. Those videos include painting critiques, speed paintings, speed drawings, tutorials, artist vlogs, tips, tricks and art advice.
I’m so happy that I found that artist and that group. I have learned so many new things and I have seen so many beautiful artwork.
You can see Lisa’s Youtube channel here:
So these are my favorite art groups on Facebook. What do you think about art groups? Do you follow any?