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My Favorite Image Websites Free For Commercial Use

Sometimes the hardest part about finding a good image, reference or texture is finding one that is not copyright protected. Here is a list of my favorite free sites and you can even use the images for your commercial work.

  • morguefile.com  -  Creative commons site where images are donated "for creatives by creatives".  They boast over 350,000 images in their library.
  • pixabay.comAll images and videos on Pixabay are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required. They have a whopping 1M+ images in their library!
  • unsplash.com - "Beautiful free photos gifted by the world's most generous community of photographers." Creative commons zero license.
  • freeforcommercialuse.net - This site is new to me. License is for images in the public domain.
  • pexels.com - Simply, all images on pexels are under the Creative Commons Zero License. You can use them for any legal purpose.
  • textures.com - Formerly cgtextures.com. This site is a little different than the rest. For one it has a premium members part of the site that you can get bigger more high res images on, but you get 15 free small and medium sized images every day. They have many many images of all sorts that are great for use in making textured backgrounds and surfaces or even custom digital paint brushes. I've had a free account here for years and never been disappointed. Check out their easy to follow terms of use.

Art Prompt #1 – July 2017

I have been on the (nearly) daily drawing path since last October. I moved a couple of months ago and took a few weeks off drawing to get packed/moved/unpacked. When I sat down to draw again I had a killer artist block. I really had to push hard to get past it. One of the things I was having the most trouble with was I couldn’t think of anything to draw. I finally got on Pinterest and started looking for writing and drawing prompts to inspire me. Thankfully there were one or two that I liked and it got me going. Sadly, I noticed there were a severe lack of what I call “good ones”. I mostly like ones Halloween or horror themed. Most of them repeatedly listed “draw your favorite animal”, “draw your favorite food”. Well ok that’s something, but when you have a lot of years ahead to draw something every day and every prompt is the same as the next, it’s going to get uninspiring fast. Long story short, I saw a need for art prompts in the world, so I decided to make some. I have made up a full year’s worth in advance of this post. So I have a bit of material to keep me going until I come up with some more.  Without further ado, here is my first ever art prompt for the 31 days of July:

Cross Genre, Multimedia Grab Bag

1) Comic book character (already existing or one you’ve designed)

2) TV show villain

3) Steampunk

4) Noir film still

5) Movie character

6) Book villain

7) Cyberpunk

8) Video game character

9) Movie prop

10) Environment – Aquatic

11) Post apocalyptic

12) Revolver

13) Old car/ truck

14) Comic book villain

15) TV show character

16) Punk

17) Silent film still

18) Environment- Subterranean

19) Video game prop

20) Hot air balloon

21) Diesel punk

22) Post apocalyptic weapon

23)  Environment – Interior (any)

24) Book character

25) Movie villain

26) Futuristic car/ truck

27) Ray gun

28) Video game villain

29) Environment- Urban landscape

30) TV show prop

31) Victorian

The rules: There are no rules! This list is meant to be an idea starter. If you don’t like one then substitute it with another, come up with your own idea. You don’t have to do them in order. Style listings (Victorian, Steampunk etc) can be anything- clothing, architecture, a prop, an environment. Props can be anything, an example would be a priest’s bible from The Exorcist or Doctor Who’s phonebox. Environments don’t need to be detailed- draw a hallway. The idea is to get you thinking about perspective/ spacial awareness.  Use a reference. Draw from imagination. Have fun. Use any medium. Experiment. Draw as many days as you can, but strive for all 31. Good luck!