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The BASICS : Using References by Shattered-Earth The BASICS : Using References by Shattered-Earth
If you like this tutorial or do not like it, please take some time to tell me why so I will know how to make any future tutorials! Thanks :D:heart:

USING REFERENCES


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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Stock images are taken from *SenshiStock and ~Nemesis-19 as well as google to illustrate my point. If you have any issues with this please contact me via note :)

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The BASICS : Using References by Shattered-Earth  References are an invaluable tool, learning how to use them well can make all the difference to your artwork! ( Suggested by FlyQueen and Featured by Elandria )

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lAmayal Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
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! :D
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Ambsi Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Oh wow, this is great. I was trying to teach myself how to draw by copying from photos, but that always made me feel so limited in what I could do... This is just what I needed, thank you so much!
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tolkienandtea Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Finally someone said it! This is a super awesome (and rather funny) tutorial!
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Soph-chan Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this - because really, we really DO forget to just go back to basics.
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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".
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014   Digital Artist
I've heard some unsavory teachers/schools tell their students they SHOULD copy and just change 40% or something like that to make it legal v_v
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I have too, unfortunately. And I want to slap every single one of them. :|
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Noxe-ApplePi Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student General Artist
This is actually exactly how I always do it :D but other people are usually too lazy
thanks for writing/drawing it out!
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angelfabeth Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, this was really useful! Thanks :D
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thepinkiest Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're really understand my feeling ;A;
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