What is a Character Reference Sheet (aka “ref sheet”)? Well, as it’s name suggests, it’s a reference for future artistic or written works. They are usually commissioned by a character’s owner to make their character come to life with enough detail to save time and effort when other artists and authors are asked to create works involving the character. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, so you might as well only say those thousand words once! Ref sheets are common in fandoms, fantasy and role-play gaming, and animation business.