🐾 Animal anatomy and photo reference sites?
Hi everyone :) I’m drawing and painting a lot more animals than anything these days and I need to get serious about animal anatomy. Can anyone please recommend any good online reference photo sites, or animal anatomy websites? Even online museums, natural history places etc. Thank you 🐾❤️
@Harmony Steel I really suggest picking up Joe Weatherlies book the weatherly guide to drawing animals, and you can also learn a lot from his other available books, animal essence, animal nature, and sketchbook volume 1. I have talked to him and he has recommended the classic Ellenberger animal anatomy for artists book. It has been a great resource for me to get started learning animal anatomy. I dont have this, but if you have the money, get a model from juns anatomy, they are extremely useful for studying animal anatomy, and the surface forms.
So I discovered two more possible resources, there's the good old pixabay.com - https://pixabay.com/ - of course and also Flickr Creative Commons search, e.g. https://www.flickr.com/search/?license=2%2C3%2C4%2C5%2C6%2C9&text=panda&advanced=1
Unsplash.com can be quite good for reference photos. There's also https://wildlifereferencephotos.com, but they have a watermark unless you pay... iNaturalist is also a great source for reviewing specific species (if not generic pets/farm animals etc). It depends on what animals, a lot of museums will let you search their specimen catalogs, but generally better for smaller things and they often just contain observation descriptions rather than photos (except invertebrates). Nothing beats a good old book though for technical references, i.e. Eliot Goldfinger or Ellenberger. Also have a look around at Veterinary sites (or youtube channels), they can be very good for detailed anatomy.