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Disclaimer: Some will disagree with me on how to use references, which is totally normal. This is just how i believe is the best and more beneficial way to use them. If you disagree and have a better tutorial feel free to link in the comments with your (polite) argument, i won't delete them if they aren't flamey or antagonistic XD. Alternate viewpoints to consider: [link][link]
This is just born out of seeing what a lot of beginner artists do, which is straight up copy a photo and re clothe it. Sure it's legal and like stuff to do this, especially if you credit the photo, but it's not IMO the best way to draw with references. This is not the same as studying from a photo or doing live modelling sessions. Studying is not passed as original art and the goal is to learn and get close to the original. Drawing from the mirror or a live model is also different because of the way your eyes work. You have to actively decide how to flatten the 3d image your eyes receive into one 2d flat image you draw and this exercises your brain in ways photos will never do.
Just copying a single photo for what you have problems with or the entire pose isn't going to be as helpful as examining many, this attempts to replicate what having a live model would do, that is give you dimensions and 3d form to learn from. I believe it's the best way to use references and I believe it'll be beneficial to many beginners.
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I'm doing a character design project right now and I'm apprently to stupid to get the idea of refernecing, but as I'm no good at human figures this has helped me understand that copying an image = bad trying myself to get the propotions right = good even if it takes all damn day (when I have less than a week to get 4 characters drawn and 4 different poses plus turn-arounds.) *gun to the head*
YeeeEEeeeee omg i cant ev- kfajlwefaoweiga. I copy from refs too much saying that I'll only peek a little.. then I start to copy the whole thing.. Lol. This tutorial is super helpful, thank you so much!! Ive kinda always wanted to draw things without looking at my own body parts *cough hands cough* Also the tutorial is hilarious! Keep making them!
This is really helpful! I've only just started with drawing digitally, and I copied exactly what I saw when I was younger. I was doing the exact thing you said not to do because of the exact reasons you said, and this made me feel a lot better!
I very much enjoyed this tutorial because it doesn't just bark orders at someone to do something, it explains and gives good reasons as to why this would be more beneficial to someone. I honestly hadn't thought of this before and I think it's absolutely brilliant. I'm definitely gonna try this out at some point. Thanks a bunch!
Every junior high/high school art class should explain this and drill it into the students' heads. If they would, there'd be far less confusion as to what it means to "Reference" vs. "Outright Copy and Change Some Details".
I kinda do a middle where I use a reference when I need a good action pose and am not sure what I'm doing, but I just make a stick figure based on it and mold it to what I need rather than tracing. Thoughts?
If you're having trouble thinknig of poses, i suggest doing some study sessions before you try to draw a finished piece next. Just study and redraw lots of action poses, watch some action movies or acrobatics clips on youtube and sketch the poses in them as you watch, go really fast and learn how the body looks when it's moving. Next time you try to think of a pose you'll have more experience to draw from in your mind before you resort to finding an existing pose
I believe that's a perfectly fine way of using refs [as long as you're comfortable making the changes you want/need and are not trapped/limited by the ref you're using, of course], specially when you find the perfect pose, but i believe the point of this tutorial of to help people realize that 1: you can use various references for various [or just one] part of the anatomy/an object even when creating your own pose and 2: references are a great way to study anatomy and become so good at it that, understanding how the human body works, you'll be able to draw it in various poses and angles without any ref :3