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TUT // How to use Tracing Properly by theBATCLAM TUT // How to use Tracing Properly by theBATCLAM
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So this seemed like common sense to me, but after speaking to some people about it no one seemed to know what I was talking about.

I made this tutorial to illustrate how I understand reference images when making artwork, because personally there is a lot of reference material I can't just stare at and understand completely, so I find making a trace image to use goes a long way in showing me whats going on.

You can actually see it in this tutorial what I mean, I realized after that I misunderstood how the hand in the SenshiStock image is and drew it incorrectly, oops! I haven't actually used reference in a long time, but lately I've been gathering a lot of reference material I will probably be using in the future.

So yeah, I don't submit traced artwork! Please don't take it that way.

References used: Senshi Stock, Mage ArtworkLux Cosplay PhotoWitcher Artwork.
Vuneld Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Hobbyist
Somehow, somwhere I catch the sentence:"Everything are basic shapes." And that sticked in my brain even now. For the tutorial, a quick and nice explaination how to... I myself print a lot of picuters and drew with a normal pen circels and lines so that I have a basic figure. Or I just have it on my screen and drew free hand which most of the time turned out to be not as good as imagined. Still even the people who are to lazy to read the text can see the picuter and get what you did there. I for myself just saved this picuter. If I ever need it I just can open it and refresh my memorie :3
sevenluck Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016   Digital Artist
I've cautiously started to trace a few things this way, especially when I was frustrated and couldn't figure it out freehand. But I've never stuck to the trace- it's definitely all about understanding how the hell this thing works.
Kudos on doing a tutorial on the positives of tracing x)

Another issue is if credit should be given for referencing poses. I've heard mixed opinions :P
theBATCLAM Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thats what had me start doing it like it really can be quite the time saver just so you know what the heck is going on.

I think it depends on how much of the reference you use, personally. I feel like If you pretty much copy the whole pose point for point its important to credit, when say I have referenced a hand pose I never bothered crediting it since its such a small piece of the whole picture I made.
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