Everyone has their own art style and their own needs for photo reference¹ but there are some common tips and tricks you can use to maximize the potential of your reference. In no particular order, here are a few to keep in mind for your next project. We'll start of with the most obvious;
Use it as a visual guide - Sometimes we have trouble getting that scale or perspective just right. Being able to look at a photo with the correct angles can facilitate getting over that hump. This is the easiest way to use a photo reference, just look at it for that inspiration.
Use it as a tracing aid - If your drawing skills aren't refined and you feel you really need help, simply trace over the reference. Some may feel it's cheating but who cares, as long as you get the results you want. Besides, even the greatest of artists work in this way. Shh, trade secret.Combine two or more to get one - Sometimes a single reference doesn't give you the needed inf