Rating and Conclusion

9.5/10 – I use Pure Ref for almost every drawing I do. It’s an integral part of my process.


What is Pure Ref?
Pure Ref is an image organizer aimed at artists who would like to make better use of their image reference collection.

Why is it needed?
For artists, creating artwork often requires multiple image references to be easily available. Before PureRef, I would assemble images for a new project in a folder on my desktop. Opening and viewing images this way while working on artwork adds just enough friction to the creative process to be an unwanted distraction.

With PureRef, all of my image reference is in one easy to navigate canvas, making viewing image reference as frictionless as possible.

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Now available at the store: 10 print resolution (11×17, 600DPI) Character Design Templates for Clip Studio Paint (Pro or EX).

The “character design template for clip studio paint” file package is made up of 10 printable (600dpi) template files for digital comic book artists of all skill levels.

These templates allow artists to focus on creating character design artwork, instead of spending time on designing templates.

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This is a process video clip showing a detail of a drawing of Big Barda, a DC character.

She is at the mountain-top entrance of a rather unfortunate evil genius’s lair. The wind is blowing, she’s angry and her Mega Rod is ready for action.

The bad weather is an added touch to echo Barda’s current mood.

A video posted by Neil Collyer (@neilcollyer) on

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This is a short process video clip of a space suit option for Mia, the lead character in Heavy Space, a webcomic.

This suit has three layers to it. The suit layer shown here is the middle layer. This would be used for environments that require a closed atmosphere for the wearer, but do not require great amounts of radiation shielding, or protection from extreme temperatures.

A video posted by Neil Collyer (@neilcollyer) on

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Now available on the store: 5 print resolution comic book templates for Clip Studio Paint (Formerly known as Manga Studio 5)

These Print resolution (600DPI) page templates are intended for digital artists working on artwork for a pitch, students creating an artwork portfolio to take to comic conventions, and Hobbyists who are creating a comic for their own enjoyment, but want to ensure that the pages will be printable when they are ready to publish their comic book.

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I’ve posted a Free Character design template for Manga Studio (and Clip Studio Paint) to my online store.

The template is for digital artists using Manga Studio 5, or Clip Studio Paint, and it’s free…mostly. The template is free if you share the product on twitter or FaceBook via this link:

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I use reference images for just about everything that I draw. Mainly I use reference for things that require specific details, like anatomy, cars, buildings, fashion etc..

I have used a lot of different resources for image reference, and this list of websites and apps are the ones I use most often. By no means is this list comprehensive, but it’s a great place to start.

*** Updated May 15 2018  – Added: Image Management Recommendations ***

Note: I do not recommend tracing image reference for your artwork. Image reference should augment your ability as an artist, not replace it.

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