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.
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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I'm glad this tutorial works for people! Though personally, it'll never work for me. I've always been very bad at picturing and visualizing things in my head, especially in a way that makes sense. (be that from an anatomical or lighting perspective) Because of that, I always rely heavily on references that I have permission to use. Senshistock really is amazing!
WELL THEN, I've been going through all your tutorials cause they help me a lot, and this is EXACTLY what I've been doing in some of my art pieces, and I have to say, I'm sort of ashamed. I am definitely going to try this out, but first of all I need to understand what you meant by knowing the basic's of shapes. I think after I understand how to draw shapes, practise it like a boss, then some anatomy and gesture drawings again, I'll get better at drawing from my imagination. One of the things for me as an artist that really bummed me out and made me not want to draw was not being able to draw things from my imagination, and this tutorial helped me understand that yes, you have to use your brain, ye you have to reference and practice it a few times after you analyze it but once you get that part you can draw whatever you learned without using anything! Honestly, I'm still having difficult's learning how to draw cause I don't know where to start, I'm just going off what I want to improve. XD But this definitely helped me cause I know I want to draw people. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/b/b…" width="15" height="15" alt="" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="366" title=" (Big Grin)"/> Thank you for the tutorial and you're awesome!
Definitely helpful. Thanks for this!
What if we draw the exact same pose just because we like the pose and we got an inspiration from the pose?
So, we use a reference because we like it, not need it, but got an inspiration of it.