Hi Caynez! I started using and studying references recently. Everything I've done from this: to this: which is, everything with "study ..." in the title have been done looking at various references picture for lighting, posture, expressions, and trying to "understand how the world works" through them!
Your style very nice! ^.^ i recommended Toko Suzuki artworks if you love the portraits! ^.^
With these practice/study arts i tried something new or different from the usual.
Hmm. If we think about it, every drawing and painting is always practice and study. New materials, new things and compositions/perspectives. Of course, the habits and free-times of artists are also different. Some people can afford to practice separately before a serious job, while some can only practice during a serious job due to a simple lack of time.
I try doing a doodle of a symbol a day. Actually I still have to find my style of digital coloration... and yeah! Realistic lighting is a thing I am studying aswell... but I am far from being as good as you. Any suggestions?
An Original Dress Design I'm making without reference. It's nowhere near complete and will add the other glove, detail on the shoes, and give the midsection more elements and maybe stylize the face and a different hairstyle. The arm pose is in case I draw a wide enough dress it won't get in the hand's way
A Bandori OC I'm working on. I'm not sure about the bangs blowing that far away but will rework it. She's a ballerina but she is wearing street clothes
Just practice using Black Ink's brushes. I'm still on its demo and it's great so far. I just got Corel Essentials but not any of the DLC brushpacks yet
And from my practice folder
Another Black Ink practice especially with setting brushes to gradient, so the blue and yellow changed depending on pen pressure same with the mannequin's shading
These are me trying to cover aspects im lacking understanding of, there are so many things to study XD.
I used one of the resulting portrait from art breeder to make the gray skin girl with black hair. The original had some very unpleasant sclera and iris glitches. I changed the face shape, facial features, eyelashes, added a neck piece and drew the eyes properly.
The issue with the blonde was that i used an ai that couldn't handle conflicting settings so it made a face that was half slim half chubby. I basically re-interpreted the image the ai gave me.
I call these AI photo studies with changes.
This is me trying a "drone view" (i can't call it a bird's eye view if it's not at flying distance)
I'm trying to do another scene without any references. All these accept the first one were done without references. I've never done a face before without references either, not sure if that really interests me though.
Those are wonderful! Love your subtle stylisations! While I use references all the time, it's more rare for me to do a full study. Here are some of them (references in their descriptions. Took some creative liberty with the last one):