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You Are Allowed to Use References!
A lot of people are asking me lately, "Is it alright if I use references when I draw? Is that considered cheating?" and to that my answer is a strong, emphatical...
"YES, IT'S TOTALLY OKAY! NO, IT IS NOT CHEATING!" 
Example of reference use:
Here is a picture of a goldfish. In order to make sure I drew a goldfish as accurately and as true to life as I could, I used this stock image of a goldfish I found on Google when I painted "Orangeberry Lemonade".
     
As you can see, the goldfish looks similar, but it is not the same. This is because the process of using references is studying the image and using your brain almost as a photocopier to the best of your ability. When done like this, no two images will ever be the same. There are many differences between the stock photograph of the goldfish, and my digitally painted goldfish such as colour choice, textur
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A bit of friendly advice!
1. Use photographic references to learn what you want to learn anatomy wise. -- I know it's easy to be discouraged into thinking that if you reference photographs you're somehow 'cheating' or that it makes you less of an artist if you can't do things all on your own, 100%. However, this is not true. Professional artists often use photos and real animals as study subjects for either learning or a baseboard for most their work. You may not always see them doing it as eventually they become well versed enough in certain things they can draw them easily without reference, but when it comes to thins that are unfamiliar or just a bit tricky, looking at a photo of the real thing helps a lot in seeing how it works -- how it should look. 
If you're looking for one pro who is a really good example and posts lots of tutorials and advice on how to do this, check out Aaron Blaise! He has a YouTube, a
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I try to be friendly, though I might come off as a bit rude sometimes ^^; Don't be afraid to ask anything, the worst I can do is say no. My sucky punctuality, added to being busy half the time, means I might not respond right away, not that I'm just ignoring your message.

I like drawing, writing, role playing, lightning, horror, ect. I can usually be very open minded, though there are some things on which I have a one track mind about. Procrastination can be the bane of my existence as well as drawing hands, for some reason. Oh, and i draw all my work on paper or ms paint.
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:woohoo: :party: :iconcakelickplz: !!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!! :iconcakelickplz: :party: :woohoo:

It's August 17th which means it's that time of the year again and your special day is here! We hope you have an awesome day with lots of birthday fun, gifts, happiness and most definitely, lots of cake! Here's to another year!

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farahin001 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy B-Day.Meow :3 
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Thank you for the watch! I really appreciate it <3
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You're welcome XD you're art is beautiful <3
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Happy Birthday! Have a good one! :D
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:woohoo: :party: :iconcakelickplz: !!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!! :iconcakelickplz: :party: :woohoo:

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Happy birthday! :D
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Happy B-Day to you.Meow :3 
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