I still see a not so good attitude there.
You will ALWAYS have to work on the basics.
Drawing from life is not something you have to do a few times to become an artist.
Maybe read fredflickstones reply to Alex Gering's question in this thread:
I have yet to see serious steps in the right direction from you.
You ignore the important points people bring up.
Btw at Deviantart you can look for stock photography as reference.
Some of the photographers just want a note ...
some want to see what you do with the image ...
some just allow you to use their images for work you submit at Deviantart.
Just read the rules.