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Best 9 Free Pose Reference Sites To Practice Figure Drawing Online
Every artist who wants to master their skill NEEDS to practice figure drawing.
Even if your desired art career wont be focused on drawing realistic figures, it is still an absolutely essential skill you cant just brush off!
When I first went to an art university in I didnt know what to expect, I just wanted to draw pretty pictures so I can put all of them up on Instagram and get a lot of likes!
But the truth is, once you get more and more into the art world you might not even want to share your pieces!
You will learn that art is a powerful communication tool, and you will create many wonderful pieces that speak to many people. But first, you will have to build a foundation for your skill, and continue improving it every day by PRACTICING.
And some of your figure drawings will look amazing and ready to share, but others Well, lets just say that second and 1-minute drawings are not always the best for social media!
And yet, you still need to practice! A lot!
My first ever class in university was, guess what? A Figure Drawing class! And I had one every semester for all four years!
Because professional artists understand that you NEED this skill, even if you end up working as an environmental designer, or a cartoonist or a colorist, or in any other profession that doesnt focus on the realism of a figure.
And so I went to these classes not always with a lot of inspiration (mostly because I simply had to). I practiced. Sometimes my art sucked! But thats just the part of the process
Now, as I dont have these classes anymore, and I realize the importance of improving my figure drawing skills, I started looking for LIVE figure drawing sessions I could attend.
I got pretty upset when I realized that the price to attend sessions a couple of times a week adds up like crazy! And at this point, it is a bit out of my budget
Here is where the Internet comes in! As not just a place where I can check out what my childhood friends are up to, but an awesome learning platform where I could practice creating figure/gesture drawings FOR FREE!
Pretty awesome, huh?
And so because I think Figure Drawing is SO important for any aspiring artist, I created this list, which you can bookmark and always refer to in times of need: Best 9 Free Pose Reference Sites To Practice Figure Drawing Online.
You can use it to practice Figure Drawing, Gesture Drawing or simply use as a reference for your own characters pose.
But just before we get started on the list, I wanted to let you know about some other relatable articles I have created in the past that relate to this topic:
* Below the list, you will be able to find some Figure Drawing courses that I recommend (in case you decide to take your skills to the next level) as well as a freebie figure drawing tips PDF from me! 🙂
And now, onto the list:
I wanted to start with Proko first because I honestly think this is a great resource for reference photos and beyond!
This site offers a Free Model Sample Packavailable for you to download on when you sign up for their newsletter.
As well as FREE LESSONS among which the titles include:
This way, you get the lessons and the pose references at the same time! And after watching their videos you can go ahead and start implementing them right away 🙂
And if you like their sample pack, but feel like its not enough and you want more of them they offer poses for artists that you can purchase as well. They are surprisingly cheap and come in a set of HD images like the ones below (there are different models in each package):
- Proko also offers premium resources for someone ready to take their art to the next level and if you are ready to take the action, I suggest checking out their courses.
2. Line Of Action
Line Of Action is a free online website with a variety of pose references photography. They mainly focus on Figure Drawing, Animal Drawing, Hands & Feet Drawing and Faces & Expression Drawing.
Which is simply awesome if you decide to practice more than just figure drawing!
Also, their figure drawing tools are made to resemble a live session you get to pick:
- Nude or Clothed models?
- Female, Male or Both?
- All the same length session or class mode?
- And the time interval (how long will one photo play for before automatically going to the next.)
Thats pretty similar to a real-life drawing session. When you apply, the curator of the event will let you know the models gender if they will be nude and how long is the overall session.
Also, the timer resembles the timer models usually have once it beeps your figure changes a position and you can do NOTHING about it!
Just need to turn to a new blank page and start on a different pose because the timer will beep again soon!
I think its the best idea to work with the time intervals because essentially figure drawing is all about the gesture and learning to communicate a pose quickly!
And once you practiced that enough, you can go ahead and get the free sample pack from Proko I talked about above, and then work on it for a long period of time to really hone in into details, shading and forms!
Before we go to the next source, I just wanted to briefly touch on the Class Mode.
Once you select the class mode the time interval option will change to a How long is the class? option, and you can then pick from 30 minutes to 6-hour long class.
Once you hover over one of the time options, it will give you an overview of what to expect during the class session.
For example, I usually like to do 2-hour long sessions and that gives me:
- 6 poses (photo references) that are 30 seconds each so I can warm up my hand and get into the mode of working.
- 3 poses each 1 minute long amazing practice for gesture drawing!
- 2 poses 5 minutes long;
- 1 pose 20 minutes where I get to double check all the proportions, and make some basic shadings;
- Then a minute break to go grab a snack or sip on some coffee 🙂
- And the final pose is 50 minutes long which is enough to bring a drawing to a semi-finish and get into adding some details and shading.
* Side Note: When doing the last pose, try to start it off as if you were doing a second pose: Get that gesture! Dont overthink and have fun 😉
This tool (and the two below) have the options to pause and go to the next image. Which is really awesome in case you dont like the photograph shown to you, or you love it so much that will want to spend more time working on it!
3. Quick Poses
QuickPoses is a website similar to the one above, but it definitely has more options you can choose from.
Here is what their landing page looks like:
Now, let me walk you through some of the options they have.
- they always have 20 images in one session;
- you can select from 10 different options of topics for your drawing: Athletes of God, Chiaroscuro, Erotica Archives, Female Silhouette, Femme Fatales, Hanging Around, Lying Distortion, One for the ladies, Please be seated and Warriors.
- these are awesome you have an idea in mind of something specific you want to practice. For me Im not the best at perspectives, so then I will select the Lying Distortion in order to really practice more and improve that skill.
- time interval in seconds.
- and you can choose an option to show images upside down (also a great way to practice drawing!)
- Select type (pose, face, hands, feet, animals, landscapes, urban), gender, clothing and time interval.
- Choose how many images per one session you want to draw (20/30/40) and if you want them upside down.
In the Library, you can select an image to draw from without any time limit.
Note:All images are copyrighted and are only allowed to be used for practice or inspiration. Do not use these images in your work unless it is so heavily modified that it is not recognizable anymore.
Get Your QP Certificate you can register on the site and it will track how much time you spend figure drawing. Once you reach a specigic threshold they will issue a QP (Quick Poses) certificate for your time and efforts 🙂
Its a nie little incentive for you to keep practicing drawing every day!
The certificate has a couple of stages: Beginner (10 hours), Improver (30 hours), Intermidiate (70 hours), Advanced ( hours), Expert ( hours) and Master ( hours).
- You can share your work;
- Learn from some tutorials;
- Get their desktop App;
- Participate in competitions;
This website also has the ability to pause during your session, however, unlike Line Of Action and Sketch Daily the image disappears from the screen!
So you cant really cheat and spend more time on the drawing! Which I find to be an awesome restriction to have.
4. Sketch Daily
Sketch Daily is a very similar website to the two above.
It also lets you chose between three main topic Full Body, Body Parts and Animals.
Since we are focusing on Figure Drawing, the options we have here are:
- Gender: Both, Female, Male.
- Clothing: Both, Clothed, Nude.
- Pose: Both, Action, Stationary.
- View: All, Front, Side, Back.
- Time: 30seconds, 1/2/5/10 minutes.
So as we can see there are way fewer options available.
And for my preferences, there are only images that match.
On the other side, if you pick all options as Both, then there are (at the moment of writing this article) images available!
And now then its a pretty awesome library to work from! 🙂
Time option works like time interval in Line Of Action. So you pretty much decide for how long one image will be on the screen before it moves to the next.
As I mentioned previously, you can always pause an image and spend longer periods of time working on it (not like Im telling you that you should).
And here is what the tool looks like when you choose all the options and click Start:
CroquisCafe is a YouTube Channel an art model drawing resource in a tradition of a life drawing class.
- I love that their stuff has a timer on the left that gives you a visual representation on how much time you have to complete a drawing + it makes a sound each time a pose starts and finishes.
- All of their session are 20+ minutes long with a variety of pose intervals (depending on the video).
- At the time of writing this article there are over video sessions for you to choose from.
And overall, videos are a great way to work, because it takes the figure drawing pose references online to a next level!
Note: Their videos have nudity in them, and therefore they and I insist that the audience is 18+ !
6. New Master Academy
New Masters Academy is also a YouTube channel.
Comparing to the previous one they have way less video sessions with pose references (at the time of writing only 15). However, these ones are featuring clothed models, and so there are no age restrictions.
They are called Non-nude series, and here is one example of such video below:
Also (at the time of writing) 35 video pose references with nude models as well they are called Practice Life Drawing.
- All the sessions are 35+ minutes long.
- Have a nice timer on the side that shows you how much time you have before the model changes their pose.
CharacterDesigns is a growing collection of high-quality free images available for artists to use.
All the images on here are under Creative Commons License, CharacterDesign has a description of on About Page:
Usage in commercial work IS allowed: you can use it for reference (directly painting the image is fine), for your photo manipulations, for textures and anything else you want to sell. You just need to link back to my site and mention that it was my work that you used.
You CANNOT simply take the image as it is and sell it as it is. I do NOT have the rights to the likeness of the model. I have the rights to just the image itself as it is on my site.
Redistributing the images in their original form WITHOUT profit is perfectly fine. Id love it if you used it in a classroom setting or as demo examples or just to spread the word. Save it to your computer for personal use! Again, all I ask is a link back to the site if you are posting it elsewhere on the internet.
Obviously, do not take credit for my work, but I havent had any problems with that so far. You guys have been really great.
They have many categories to choose from for your next inspired drawing or to practice figure drawing:
- Nude Drawing Reference Guide;
- Non-Nudes and Costumes;
- People and Events;
- Drawing-Painting Reference;
All of these have many sub-categories as well! I wont list them all here, but you should definitely go and explore. Im sure you will find many inspiring ones 🙂
The downside of this site is that there is no timer, as it is not an app but a gallery of photographs.
But what you get out of it is a gallery of so many different events, people, costumes and even locations that you can practice from or use as an inspiration for your next piece.
Its definitely one of my go-to guides.
8. SenshiStock Sketch
SenshiStock Sketch is a web-based app, that is similar to the ones we covered in the beginning.
Images provided in there primarily come from the SenshiStock DeviantArt Page and are donated by the community.
Options to play around with: Pause/Play, Going to the next/previous image and Timer (you can set the time delay between 15 seconds and 30 minutes).
You can also view the pose on DeviantArt and ultimately download it, as the license for these images are mostly CC (you can read more about the license here) or by clicking on the license icon to the right of each image inside the app.
SenshiStock is Creative Commons. Its license is Attribution Unported License (CC BY ). This means you can share, modify and make commercial use of the work as long as you attribute the work with a credit back to SenshiStock. If the stock is used solely for pose reference then the requirement for attribution is appreciated but not required. From SenshiStock User License
Another awesome feature is that this app has their images categorized under Tags and you can configure which kind of images you want to see.
For example, in addition to the tags you see in the image on the right, you can also choose from:
Pretty awesome right?
You can also select a few tags you like and it will show you just the matching images 🙂
And even though its a place many either simply love or hate, I though it was worth a mention.
So Pinterest, as many of you probably know and use is an awesome platform for saving future ideas, inspiration and searching for answers!
But it could also work as a tool to practice figure drawing 🙂
To use it, simply search for figure drawing pose references and a variety of images will pop up!
Or you can also follow some Pinterest boards that focus on figure drawing pose references so you dont have to go and collect them all yourself.
One of such boards is Figure Drawing Pose References curated by me, where once every two days I add a new photo for you to practice from 🙂
The only warning I will give you is this: please DO NOT redraw the image and sell it without permission from the model. Pinterest collects all sorts of images from different sites, and even though some of them will have these images under CC license, you cant just assume.
So, do your due diligence and always check for the source of the image and the license that it is under.
To do that simply click on the image and you will be taken to a website it was originally pinned from.
Hopefully, after going through the list you found a couple of tools you will enjoy using!
And in order to kick-start your improvement, I have a little freebie for you 🙂
A FREE GIFT FOR YOU! 20 Best Figure Drawing Tips PDF!
It’s a page PDF that you can print out, or just read on your device!
After reading this guide, you’ll be able to:
✓ Think like a true artist who has a lot of practice with figure drawings
✓ Draw better and professional-looking figure drawings
Figure Drawing Courses To Become A Pro
After you have decided on the tools you will use, and grabbed my freebie you might want to jump-start your art career by gaining the skills needed to become a pro!
And, you can do it in two ways :
- Learn yourself through A LOT of practicing on your own mistakes;
- Learn from someone elses mistakes and save yourself a lot of time and frustration!
And hey, Im all about self-education. But that doesnt mean you cant self-educate yourself with high-quality online courses!
Here are my top favorite online figure drawing courses:
Figure Drawing Fundamentals Course by Proko
The website full of free tutorials and a pose references pack we talked about in #1 ?
Well, they have this super awesome course geared towards just what you are looking for Figure Drawing.
This premium video course includes extended versions of free videos, many examples of each lesson and critique videos. Videos are uncensored.
An example of work from one of Prokos student BEFORE and AFTER the course Total Runtime: 15 hours and 30 minutes
The course covers a couple of important topics you will learn :
- Gesture the action, flow and posture a figure takes;
- Landmarks a place where a bone is at a surface. Helps you find forms and measure proportions;
- Robo Bean creating a representation of a body using box shapes;
- Shading the course discusses in depth the highlight, half-tones, core shadows etc. to make your drawing appear 3D;
- The Bean a tool you will learn to help you with foreshortening and twisting of the body;
- Mannequinization a tool that will help you draw from
imagination with volume and believable perspective;
- Proportions & Measuring Learn how to use Dr. Paul Richer’s scientific system of measuring an average person and apply it to your own work.
- Practice & Patience Develop a drawing schedule and stay motivated.
It also features:
- Extended Lessons
- Demos & Examples
- Assignments & Answers
- Critique Videos
Either you decide to figure all of it out on your own, or get serious and take a course I wish you the best of luck on your path, and cant wait to see your awesome drawings! 🙂
All the best,
Blog Posts to check out next → ”14 Best Figure Drawing Books for Beginners”
and→ “How To Draw A Dragon 7 Awesome Books”
Alida Pepper was staring down depression. Stuck in her apartment in San Francisco, she worried that all the plans she’d made were about to unravel. For months, Pepper, a full-time life drawing model, had been working extra hours to save for an upcoming surgery and had been putting additional cash aside to take time off to recover. Now, a forced break from work was threatening to undo everything. She wasn't alone, of course. This was March , the dawn of the Covid pandemic, and everyone was struggling. But Pepper was in a very particular bind: How to continue in a profession dependent on being seen and drawn in close quarters.
During the second week of the lockdown, she found something that felt like a solution. An artist herself, Pepper sketched fellow model Aaron Bogan as he experimented with modeling on Instagram Live. Inspired, she tested different software—Zoom, Blue Jeans, Instagram—with her community to see whether it was possible for her to work the way Bogan had. Virtual life drawing, it seemed, could be the solution Pepper needed.
The standard template for life drawing hasn't changed much in centuries: a musty studio, a model on a dais holding a pose while a circle of artists works at easels. But with Covid lockdowns in effect, studios stood empty and models stayed home, their employment options evaporating. Then, everything changed. Suddenly, life drawing was reborn—filling up video-chat grids the way it had once populated studios. Artists began sketching from home, inspired by models posing live on their computer screens. The methods used weren’t exactly new—video conferencing existed before the pandemic, after all—but the changes they brought to life drawing went far beyond what anyone expected. “Online life drawing was a game changer,” says Diane Olivier, who taught life drawing at City College of San Francisco from through It allowed students to keep learning and drawing, and it kept models employed.
Virtual life drawing does have its challenges. Connectivity and viewing-screen sizes can be issues. No camera can replicate the full range of tone and detail the naked eye can see. And there’s the undeniable fact that the artists are looking at a two-dimensional image, not a person in the flesh. But even as artists and models turned bugs into features, they discovered ways virtual environments could enable things they couldn’t do before. Life drawing groups sprang up everywhere. People who’d never practiced the art form before started picking up pencils. Folks who’d never modeled, or been able to, found a place on a new pedestal.
The biggest barrier that virtual life drawing knocked down? Access. Suddenly, people who didn’t live near studios or who had disabilities that made it hard to leave home could draw from anywhere with an internet connection. “Models can now choose their own setting,” says Isobel Cameron, who along with her sister Emily runs the UK-based group Fat Life Drawing. “We’ve had a model who loved being in the water and posed in the bathtub with a camera set up overhead. And another who posed in the forest.”
Going virtual also created an audience for faces and bodies outside the narrow, classical norms of beauty and binary gender, giving marginalized people a platform to be seen and drawn. “I am a model who is openly trans,” says Pepper. “Drawing as it is taught classically has very feminine female bodies and very masculine male bodies, and people can’t really process how anyone can be between those two or go from one to the other. Then they hire me and realize I’m pretty much like any other model.”
Pepper has been modeling for a long time, but for others who had never posed before, the pandemic opened a door. “I have a non-normative body,” says Cristian Quinteros Soto, an artist and body-positivity advocate based in Sweden. “If artists don’t draw it, how will they learn to portray it and design for it?”
Sketcherei is a Berlin-based life drawing group with a focus on quick, performance-based poses run by Liana Gilmanova and Alexandra Rudneva. During the pandemic, they enabled virtual modeling for members of the Berlin Strippers Collective, many of whom were struggling to make a living during the pandemic. The group calls itself a “womxn-run, sex-positive group,” says Gilmanova. “We’re not trying to be edgy at all. We are just normalizing what is normal for us.”
In traditional life drawing, there’s no way for a model to know how they look from each artist’s viewpoint. Virtually, a model can strike a pose and see exactly what every artist sees by looking at the camera’s viewfinder. “In online drawing I get to choose the gaze,” Quinteros Soto says. “It takes the model to an equal step with the artist.” The tight rectangular format of a camera poses a challenge, but models adapt quickly. “You have to twist and have a lot more spinal flexion in your poses so they don’t look flat,” Pepper says. “It's challenging on the body.”
Life drawing organizers can now set up multiple cameras to capture angles they could never dream of in a traditional session. Àgata Alcañiz runs the group Life Drawing+. In her comic-book-inspired sessions she uses unusual camera angles and harnesses distortion to create a heightened sense of visual drama.
Artists looking to draw virtually are also finding models in other professions. Musicians, dancers, yoga, and shibari practitioners now regularly find themselves as subjects for people who enjoy the challenge of drawing them.
The monotony of modeling and drawing from the confines of home has led to some style shifts, too. Inspired by their favorite artists and eras, models re-create famous artworks and spotlight different artists. They might channel Gustav Klimt in one session and Louise Bourgeois in another. Artists can attend a session inspired by the roaring ’20s one day and draw a model posing in ’80s-themed costumes another.
There are drawbacks, though, with online learning. What used to be an organic feedback process can now only happen after the fact. “Sitting next to other people drawing is beneficial beyond comprehension. When you are at home, you work in a vacuum. That’s a big loss,” says Olivier. “I’ve often told my students I am but one of the teachers in the room.”
Eighteen months ago, Pepper feared for her career. And when life drawing first went online she worried that a flood of new models would create pressure to work for less pay. That hasn’t proven true, but there are new concerns. Online security is a big one—the ability to take screenshots and share images of models posing nude compromises what should be a safe space. But virtual life drawing is also providing a source of income, and coupled with in-person drawing it has the potential to help models sustain themselves even better than before.
“I don’t see Zoom drawing going away,” says Olivier. “I can find a session to draw on any day of the week, almost anytime of the day. The offerings online are unlimited and so easy to access.”
In early August I joined a session hosted by Sketcherei at a burlesque performance in Berlin. There is a mix of artists drawing in person and people like me joining via Zoom. At the end of a particularly challenging set of poses, the live audience breaks into clapping and cheering. Even from far away California, the sound is surprisingly moving.
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Grab something to draw! Select the type of poses you want to draw and your desired time limit.
Try to draw the essence of the pose within the time limit. The image will change after the time limit has passed.
For a special list of images go to Challenges.
For non time limit mode use Random gestures.
For images with time limit use Timed practice.
Note: Challenges are always 20 images each session.
I believe Ryan Woodward is one the best artists when it comes to figurative gesture drawing.
- Draw the essence of the pose first and work on details later.
- You will get better each session but it takes time and practice.
- Learn from your mistakes. If you do this you will improve much faster.
- Make these exercises a daily habit and you will surely improve a lot !
- Find the best drawing from the previous session and aim to beat that during this session.
- Challenge yourself and choose a shorter time limit every couple of weeks.
- Try to complete your drawing on time.
- If you cant complete your drawing on time maybe you should change the time limit.
- If your drawings are out of proportion try drawing the hips and backbone first.
- Try different drawing materials from time to time.
- Dont forget to have fun.
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