Art Prof Reference Photo Collection

Art Prof offers a wide selection of high resolution photos you can download and use freely as reference for your art.

2022 November Art Dare
Flickr album: Male Torso, Ken

Can I really use these photos for free?

Yes! All of our photos on Flickr are labeled under Creative Commons as Attribution 2.0 Generic. This requires that you credit Art Prof when you use our photos.

Please tag us on any social media or selling platforms where you post the artwork, and explain in the caption that you used a reference photo from Art Prof.

Share what you make with us!

Tag us on Instagram with #artprofshare and we’ll share your work in our Instagram Stories!

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Can I sell an artwork I create using one of your reference photos?

Yes! As long as you credit Art Prof wherever you sell the artwork. For example, if you are selling that artwork on Etsy, you’ll need to write in the written description that the artwork was created from an Art Prof reference photo, and link to either our Instagram, YouTube, or this site.

Photo quality

All photographs in the collection are shot by Prof Lieu with a DSLR Canon Rebel camera. Prof Lieu shoots these photographs in a manner that is customized to maximizing a photo reference, you’ll get access to wide views, detail shots, animals and figures who are photographed without cropped areas, and more.

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Male Torso: Ken #54

Prof Lieu’s Tips

I tell students that it’s not a good sign if your reference photo is better and more exciting than your drawing, it really should be the other way around!

I like to think about reference photos as being the raw materials for an artwork, the same way that eggs or raw material for baking a cake.

Reference Photos, Clara Lieu
Flickr album: Amanita Muscaria mushrooms


Our photo collection includes diverse landscapes, animals, food, plants, the human figure, architecture, vehicles, and much more. Prof Lieu is always on the hunt for useful shots, so our photo collection is always growing!

Tell us in our Discord if you have suggestions for images you’d like to see in our reference collection.

Timed Drawing videos

We have timed drawing videos created from our photo collection that you can use to practice. Hit play and start drawing! See all our timed videos here.

Most Popular photos

Fruit Reference #53
Still Life Reference #17
Guinea Pig Reference #32
Torso Reference, Back #10
Rose Reference #7
Plant Reference #8