Anonymous asked: do you use reference photos in your work? if so to what extent and would it be possible to see your reference photo along side one of your images?
I rely on them sometimes, and that’s ok. I think they’re great. It’s been a requirement to gather and show them alongside final sketches in some classes. I’ve also got tons of categorized pics in files that I find inspirational or could potentially be used as reference. That being said, I never get to a point where I copy a photo, because it just feels a little too easy to me? Idk… That’s something else entirely, and I think it’s something I avoid doing because it was ingrained by my previous instructors not to.
Normally, anything in my sketchbook is either directly from my head or it’s probably from someone in a class or public transit.
If I need reference for something in a piece (like an animal that I can’t see unless I go to a zoo or something) then I’ll find about 3-4 photos of that thing from different angles and work from there. It’s not much different with a complex pose. I’ll probably take a few awkward photo booth pictures at different angles and study/sketch them a few times till I’m comfortable and move forward (uhhh, but I’m not showing you those! lol). It really just depends on the situation and what I’m trying to draw. A good chunk of my “reference” images are only there because of colors I like, or maybe they’re inspirational photos with a similar atmosphere I’m trying to achieve.
I deleted the original reference file, but I managed to find a few of the leftover images I looked at when I was working on the two botanist girl/observatory collage pieces:
^^ Nausicaa’s secret room was the coolest, right?
Someone asked about my process a while back, so I might put together a detailed post on that (which may cover references some).
Thanks for the question :)