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Hey people! So, one of the many questions I get asked about how to improve figure drawing is where to find a suitable model. In a perfect world, friends and family members would sit for us artists for hours on end, however that's highly unlikely especially if you're looking for an "actiony" pose! Also, those of you who are just beginning to draw the figure need to do so from a human model. Drawing from life is, once again, ideal, but stock photos are the next best thing. Plus I'm always harping about dA's great stock so this is the list of some of the absolute best figurative/pose based human stockers on dA:

#1.SenshiStock For Male and Female pose reference

Lying and Drawing - Pose Reference by SenshiStock
I'm So Interested, Please Tell Me More by SenshiStockSailor Sakky Ninja 1 by SenshiStockSneaking to the Box - Pose Reference by SenshiStock
Crouching Archer - Pose Reference by SenshiStockPlayful Gal - Drawing Reference by SenshiStock
Power Punch - Pose Reference by SenshiStock

#2.jademacalla For Male action poses and costumed stock

F2_EXT - 56 by jademacalla
jcsb_12 by jademacallacharades_SR4 - see notes by jademacallaSNJ_SA_03 by jademacalla
TPOAL2_3 by jademacallaF2_EXT - 19 by jademacalla
ATJ_2 by jademacalla

#3.faestock for Female costume fantasy stock and pose reference

Part of your world2 by faestockJazz couch7 by faestockSnow3 by faestockshipwreck random4 by faestock
Candy13 by faestockSibyl19 by faestock
blue request2 by faestock

#4.RobynRose Female portrait and pose reference

Expressions from Above Stock Pack by RobynRoseExpressions in Profile Expansion Pack by RobynRoseSitting Stock Pack 3 by RobynRose
Head Turnaround - Top to Bottom Profile by RobynRoseHead Turnaround - Top to Bottom by RobynRose
Kneeling and Sitting Stock Pack by RobynRose

#5.mizzd-stock for costume Female stock

Mizzd-Stock Prototype Angel Exclusives 55 by mizzd-stock
Mizzd-stock Pastel Pixie Exclusives 1 by mizzd-stockMizzd-Stock Burlesque Dancer Exclusives 29 by mizzd-stock
Mizzd-Stock Baroque Vampire Exclusives II - 20 by mizzd-stockSteam Punk Queen 8 by mizzd-stock
Steampunk Circus Doll 7 by mizzd-stock

Hopefully this list will help you become inspired to create something wonderful! 
As always, refer to the individual stock artist's profile for their rules of usage. 
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Jenlix Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you for sharing! :heart: they're all really great :D
Xadrea Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
no problem! :hug:
jane-beata Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist

Your excellent article has been featured in my journal Diary of Jane #9. Thank you for sharing it with all of us :heart:

Xadrea Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the feature! I plan on doing a few more :D I just picked the people who had the highest quality images first
Konata3 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Thanks so much for the list! It will be super useful ^.^
Xadrea Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome! Have lots of fun!
nemesisprogress Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Take a look at this
iamnie Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I knew 4 out of the 5! mizzd is the newest to me :D Thanks for the list!
Xadrea Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
you're welcome!:heart:
jademacalla Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Thanks so much for the feature! :salute:
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