Not sure on how to find free art for your worldbuilding? HAVE NO FEAR, TJ IS HERE WITH A BIG JUICY BLOG POST FULL OF RESOURCES!

In this massive list of resources I will be sharing my favourite websites for ready-to-use art along with some bonus tips & tricks on how you can use them in your worldbuilding on World Anvil.

 

 Free Stock Image Websites

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Unsplash

(Licence) – all CC0

For quick and easy to find worldbuilding imgaes, TJ has curated collections of images based on the World Anvil templates: View Collections

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Pexels

(Licence) – all CC0

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Pixabay

(Licence) – all CC0

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Pxhere

(Licence– all CC0

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Wikimedia commons

(Licence) – double check individual image licences!

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Nasa Visible Earth

(Licence – double check individual image licences

 

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CC Search

(Licence depends on search result filters)

 

 Public domain & historical images

These are my favourite places to dig through for historical images like fine art paintings, manuscripts, ancient relics, swords, treasures, and cultural items in daily life!

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Artstor

(Check the image licence in the bottom right of the image’s page)

 

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The British Library

(all public domain)

 

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Cleveland museum of art

(licence appears beneath each image, and in the sidebar of image pages)

 

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Met museum

(licence appears beneath image on the image’s page)

  

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Smithsonian collections

(check the image licence shown on the image’s page)

 

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National Museum of African American History & Culture

(check the image licence shown on the image’s page)

 

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Rawpixel public domain

(All CC0 in this section)

 

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Public domain review

A great source of inspiration that may lead to other websites for CC0 art

 

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Sketchfab cc0 collection

You can also embed 360º 3D models into your world on World Anvil using the [sketchfab:ID] BBCode tag and the end part of the Sketchfab url. For example, [sketchfab:57a57a99ce1f4e45adee5ae37a91f51b]. Read the codex article

 

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Historical images on Unsplash

Did you know that many museums and libraries are sharing CC0 content on Unsplash now as well? Here are the ones I’ve been keeping tabs on: