When working on comics, webcomics, art or even a graphic project, it can sometimes be hard to get something to look exactly the way to want it to look. Sometimes it necessary to pull in photos and use them as reference. However sometimes that can be very precarious because of copyright laws.
Well, you’re in luck!
Below are 10 Public Domain sites that you can use in your quest for textures, forms and colors!
This site is great and its photos can be used for any purpose. 5,000 free stock photos for you to choose from.
Another great site for you to download from, and includes HD Photos.
Though it looks like it was made in 1997, it still contains a lot of good content you can draw from.
This is a vast collection of content, but be sure to check on the copyright info for the images. Most of these are public domain, but I’ve run across copyrighted material in the past.
This gem of a site is fantastic for non-western art and cultural references. Photos of Paris, African, Asian and Middle Eastern photo references can be found here as well.
This website is a treasure, holding images from old books that are no longer copyrighted. These images include engravings, wood cuts, holiday images, borders, flourishes and more.
Creative Commons is a fantastic site dedicated to connecting you to other free or cheap-as-free pictures to use.
This site is one of my all-time favorites. It contains a lot of high-resolution content that is free to use for anything.
This site contains a lot of free images, but it contains premium content as well, so be careful to double check which is which when looking for things.
This site is a fantastic collection of Public Domain photos, browsable by keyword search and categories.
2014 will see more and more blog posts with this kind of content. I hope to provide you with links and tutorials to help you in your art and webcomic endeavors, with topics ranging from composition to color theory with various linked posts and featuring webcomics who are doing great things. More podcast episodes and historical analyses, writing tips and world building!
2014 is going to be a great year!
Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!