Figure and Gesture Drawing: Tools for self-educating artists

Hello, everyone! I recently found an awesome drawing practice resource ( and I thought I’d share it with y’all. Essentially, it is a huge database of stock reference photos, but unlike a regular stock photo website, the pictures are randomized and timed. As seen in the picture above, you can choose between figures, faces/expresions, hands/feet, and animals. From there you can further specify how you want your practice session to go. So for example, if you choose “Practice Figure Drawing,” you then have the option to only use nude or clothed models, male or female models, etc. You can also decide the duration of each image (as well as pause and skip images). The shortest time interval is thirty seconds and the longest is six hours, so it really depends on what kind of practice you’re looking for.

I’ve seen a couple of other websites similar to this one, but none so far that allow this much specification and variation. The only downside is that most of the female models are thin, white women, but the creator is planning on hiring a more diverse set of models to photograph for the site, so hopefully that will be implemented soon.

Happy practicing! :)

– Melissa


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