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Do you use reference photos to create your artworks? If YES, what kind and where do you find them? 

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68 deviants said My own photos
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66 deviants said Stock photos (from DeviantArt, other websites)
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66 deviants said Google search
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46 deviants said Pinterest
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27 deviants said Other
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18 deviants said Please comment and share your thoughts about this topic in the comment section :heart:
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7 deviants said Books and / or Magazines (art, fashion, animals, plants etc.)
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5 deviants said Instagram
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4 deviants said Photos found on DeviantArt (uploaded as a regular art deviation)
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1 deviant said Tumblr

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:iconlucieon:
LucieOn Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I use references for my realistic art, and I use reference photos from several sources: Mine, deviantartart, pixabay, a wonderful group on FB called "Photographic reference for artists" and I also buy photos from photobanks.
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner 6 days ago   Traditional Artist
Thank you for sharing. :blowkiss:
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BromocresolGreen Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
i use references infrequently, mostly to get correct poses, or character details
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2018   Traditional Artist
Thank you for the comment =D
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Toyona Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Hmm stock pics and pinterest mostly, but I also use a software called DesignDoll to model the poses I want to draw.
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2018   Traditional Artist
Thank you for sharing :happybounce:

I like Pinterest too :blush:
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pilarouro Featured By Owner May 10, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For me it depends a lot. I try to use stock pictures but sometimes I fall in love so much with some images that I feel I need to use them. I always credit the author in my comments and usually write him to ask for permission.
However, for commercial work of art school projects, I take my own references.
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner May 12, 2018   Traditional Artist
Thank you for the comment...I know exactly that feeling when you see a photo that it makes your finger itchy that you have to paint it :blush: :giggle:
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Inky-Shade Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Go to quickposes if you need quality photo references for drawing poses.
www.quickposes.com/en
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner May 7, 2018   Traditional Artist
Thank you for the info...I myself will try to practice my drawing skills with that site...at least that's the plan...now I just have to find time :giggle:
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LoVeras Featured By Owner May 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I use mostly free stocks photos (such as Pexels.com) and my own photos. Sometimes I use a combination of several photos to get the reference I want. If I just need ideas for colors or poses or a reference for a certain detail within my sketch/painting, I use Pinterest, Google search and Instagram.
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner May 3, 2018   Traditional Artist
Thank you for sharing the info...never heard of this web page =D

I collect lots of stuff on Pinterest...it's really my visual board :giggle:
And I love the color schemes pins.
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Jennyben Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2018
Several of the above as well as plein air. 
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2018   Traditional Artist
Thank you for the comment. =D
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Hestia-Edwards Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
I use Google images, references from books, my own photos, and sometimes stock images available on dA. I don't just stick to one. 
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2018   Traditional Artist
Thank you for the comment. :happybounce:
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tavaron Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2018
I Love the CD's from 'art Models'. You buy  the cd  and you can use all pictures to create  art. The photos  show  a pose from  every  side. Sorry cant  explain  it good in englisch...

www.amazon.de/Art-Models-Life-…
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2018   Traditional Artist
Thank you for the tip and the comment :la:
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starduskmoon Featured By Owner Edited Apr 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
As DA's official stock stocker (hehe) I believe I get most of my visual references from here. Next up would be sxc.hu or wetcanvas.com (reference library). Oh and there are many various facebook groups dedicated to photographers letting artists use their work for references. As with any website/photograph, make sure to read and understand their terms and conditions. 
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018   Traditional Artist
Facebook...never thought of it...maybe because I'm so anti-facebook They're all out to get me...  =D

Great advice for all who are reading this :nod:
Thank you for the comment :hug:
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starduskmoon Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm in a few groups. Botanical, animals, horses, some under one photographers name, human models, zoo photos, etc. :) If you are looking for a particular one, please let me know. I've also developed a friendship with a lot of random photographers who don't even let artists use their photos but they give me specialty permission or I donate to a charity of their choice etc.
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pilarouro Featured By Owner May 10, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi Starduskmoon! That sounds incredibly interesting! Could you recommend me a facebook group for human model references? <3

Thank you in advance!
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2018   Traditional Artist
Thank you ;)
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LikaKinsky Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2018   General Artist
all things that could inspire. sometimes even youtube videos.
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018   Traditional Artist
Interesting :P

Thank you for the comment :happybounce:
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Samantha-dragon Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2018  Hobbyist
I use references from almost all sources written up there - I'm always so happy when angle of view fits my idea :D
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018   Traditional Artist
Aren't we all =D
And if not...you make a mash of 5 different photos XD so it fits :giggle:
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Samantha-dragon Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018  Hobbyist
yeah, but "strange" or unusual angles of view or strongly perspective influected photo references are pretty difficult to find :( and those aren't easy to work around
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IvieMoon Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2018   Traditional Artist
I absolutely use references, usually a mix of my own photos (for flowers and landscapes) and DA stock (for figures and portraits). I'm lucky that my brother is a great photographer who lets me use his photos for reference as well.

I actually carry a camera in my purse at all times so if I'm out and about and see a cool flower or tree I can take a photo for reference. I've been known to pull into a random parking lot and walk all over a business's landscaping to take a photo of that cactus bloom or stand of daffodils. Luckily my friends and family are all used to it at this point, and just patiently wait for me to finish. :D
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018   Traditional Artist
No way :O
You're so...dedicated to this. If I see something near me, then yes...but to go to that extremes :faint:

But I do like to take photos of food, in a restaurant :P...I'm weird in that sense.
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IvieMoon Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018   Traditional Artist
Dedicated, obsessed, it’s all the same ;) I’m a flower nerd, I admit it! :flowerla:  Though really, I’m lucky enough to live a beautiful area with so many photo opportunities that I hate to miss out! But when I see food I’m usually too busy stuffing my face to photograph it :D
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2018   Traditional Artist
I don't go out to eat many times...and when I see something special...a nice decoration...or if it's a foreign food...I have to take a photo...that way I can always see what I ate. 

But I try to make a quick photo so the people don't give me strange looks. :blush:
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IvieMoon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2018   Traditional Artist
:giggle: 
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Anka-loves-to-fly Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2018  Professional General Artist
I use everything that can make my work a that bit better, wherever i find it. Sherlock HolmesNo limits or restrictions. Ninja... slip away... with hot dog.  
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018   Traditional Artist
:rofl:
A true art ninja =D
But just be careful to not get caught :giggle:
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Anka-loves-to-fly Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2018  Professional General Artist
I'm much too fast to take the test, lol.. Boogie! 
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kailavmp Featured By Owner Edited Apr 22, 2018
I use dA stock photos or my own photos most of the time. I have separate folder in my favs for all the photos I've used, and it also includes a list of several photographers of dA that allowed me to use their non-stock photos with their rules. Also, if I can't find what I need, I have stash of bookmarks of some more photo resources: included are RIL of wetcanvas forums, pxhere, morguefile, unsplash and similar webpages...  Also, I do paint/draw from life.
Edit: I never use sites as google or pinteest or flickr etc, they do not list the source/copyrights or have them wrong. The max I do with pictures from these sites is color scheme insipration/personal studies, but not a reference to any finished painting.
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018   Traditional Artist
That's a lot of resources :O
I like color schemes too :happybounce: Have a lot of them saved on Pinterest =D
But always get it wrong XD
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kailavmp Featured By Owner May 11, 2018
Haha, yeah! I guess it's vetmed mentality- there's always so many things and one can't remember them all! Because of that, I focus on keeping track of resources for stuff, to know where to look for things that I need - once I need them! :D

For color schemes, I actually like the James Gurney's gamut masking techniques, it shows borders of your chosen color scheme very quickly and it helps you focus on colors rather than particular paints (you can make dull brown in dozen various ways, and all can look right if the resulting color fits the gamut chosen!)
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner May 12, 2018   Traditional Artist
Did check it out...it's quite complicated :dummy: or not...don't even know what to do. :shrug:
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kailavmp Featured By Owner May 12, 2018
Yeah, the digital tool is quite complicated, I should have mentioned that. But the idea is beautifully described in a series on his blog, or here, all combined: www.flattinfigures.com/color-t… . (I don't actually use the tool, just look at the color wheel, the one with neutral color mixes inside, and decide for myself what to use, haha!)
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner May 13, 2018   Traditional Artist
Ok...yesterday I found this (the digital tool, yes)
www.livepaintinglessons.com/ga…

But didn't quite understand what I should do with it...but now your link...I'll need to read it more carefully and maybe...just maybe I'll get it :B

Thank you :blowkiss:
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kailavmp Featured By Owner May 13, 2018
Definitely hard topic, yeah. I struggle with it myself! But if you stick with it, it's also very rewarding. Also- What should you do with it?

The most basic principle is that limiting the range of colors makes picture feel more unified or have unique atmosphere.

This is a tool to help choose which colors to use and which to leave out.  That is important because light and color can be very tricky, fooling our brain easily. What colors do the squares here look like? jamesgurney.com/site/wp-conten… They're the same! Would you choose the same color when trying to paint these? Probably not, and neither would I. The tool helps with exactly that- it makes you limit the color palette in a way that makes more believable/unified/atmospheric pictures. Hope this helps!
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner May 13, 2018   Traditional Artist
That with the squares I saw else where...not the same, but the principle was :P

I see on the left square a grey color and on the right one, more brown.

After all this years I know less about art, instead of more :dummy:
No wonder I get lost all the time :giggle:
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A mix of all of the above. :nod:
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018   Traditional Artist
Thank you for the comment =D :hug:
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Stephanie-Chivas Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2018  Student General Artist
I use a variety of stock from DA, my own photos and random google images :) never used to use reference for anything and it wasn't really until I went to college and started using my own photos for course work and being part of a life drawing class that I got over insisting that I didn't need references. It really helped me start noticing things I was missing and getting better with anatomy and general observational drawing things. 
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018   Traditional Artist
We are all stubborn sometimes :giggle:
But then we learn the lesson (maybe late^^) and it's also ok.

Thank you for the comment :la:
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Stephanie-Chivas Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2018  Student General Artist
We definitely are XD I think the aversion to references definitely stems from the "art thief" "copying" "tracing" areas that comes up all too often within any art site. Which is a shame as I know I myself started off copying pictures and poses from anime I loved, I'm sure everyone in their lifetime traced pictures as a child as a way to learn the shapes of things too. I remember being so proud of a picture I had drawn back around secondary school time, I'd copied it from a picture I'd seen online which I had printed, but I hadn't traced it. I took my time for a couple hours that day carefully planning out the lines to be as close to the original as possible and I finally got it looking great. Then someone told me it was so obvious I had traced it and laughed at it... I remember feeling so crap and worthless inside because I knew I hadn't done anything wrong and was so proud of the picture before that comment. Think that was the last time I drew anything that didn't come straight from my head until years later when I got right back into my art and started using references and seeing it as a learning tool. Kinda wish how I would have grown and maybe improved earlier had I not had that comment. 

I'm glad there's so many people in the comments saying that they use references from everywhere too. I always tell any of my younger cousins that ask me how to draw/paint etc that they just need to draw everything around them, even if it seems silly, just draw and practice and enjoy it. I tell them it's okay to look at other pictures and to practice how they are drawn as long as they say they used something else for inspiration and as a practice. 
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2018   Traditional Artist
I also started with anime / manga. But I looked at the drawing on my pc screen and drew them by hand. That way I learned how to draw by watching / looking at the subject :3
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