10 Reference Websites for Concept Artists and Illustrators
When designing new characters and environments it is good practice not only to use image reference for accurate depiction of your chosen subject, but also learn some background information which may help inform creative design choices and generate more interest.
Books, art gallery’s and museums are invaluable for this, but in this day and age we also have access to a vast array of website resources as well.
I’ve listed 10 online reference resources below, which not only show images of different subject matter but also provide educational context about them or at least show useful reference images.
Wildscreen Arkive - the ultimate multimedia guide to the world's endangered species. Includes endangered species…www.arkive.org
The largest natural world encyclopedia online. Lots of information about the natural world.
AirPano is a project created by a team of Russian photographers focused on taking high-resolution aerial 360°…www.airpano.com
Shows 360° photo presentations of places around the world and gives information about them.
The Art Renewal Center
Leading the revival of realism in the visual arts, the Art Renewal Center (ARC), a 501(C)(3), non-profit, educational…www.artrenewal.org
This website is useful for learning about art history. Its focus is on realism.
The Met Fifth Avenue
The Met collection represents more than 5,000 years of art from across the globe-from the first cities of the ancient…www.metmuseum.org
The Met Museum Fifth Avenue.
Book Collection about Bio Diversity on Flickr
A collection of archived images about bio diversity
The British Library’s Albums on Flickr
An image archive from the British Library
Deep sea creatures from the North Atlantic
Google Arts and Culture
Explore collections and stories from around the world with Google Arts & Culture.artsandculture.google.com
My interest in armour began a few years ago with a trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. While looking at the "wall…www.flickr.com
The Armoury, historical image reference from many angles for lots of different armour types.
The Etherington Brothers
This week on #WORDY WEDNESDAY ... okay, it's thursday, but I'm on tour so please forgive me ... anyway, this week we're…theetheringtonbrothers.blogspot.com
Useful reference sheets for Illustrators and artists.
Thanks for reading, I hope you found that interesting.