Questions tagged [reference]

Concerning questions about the use of references (images, models, or real life).

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What am I supposed to do with these reference images?

I'm drawing from the book Julien's studies of heads: selected from paintings of eminent artists, or drawn from nature (link). When a page shows two drawings: one being a rough outline with a cross ...
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Drawing from a photograph that is too bright

I'm drawing a cat. Cats have lots of hair going everywhere. Here's the photo I'm using: My problem is his body, it's too white, and I won't be able to do anything there, because there's no variation ...
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Grid for copying photos from laptop

I want to use my photos to paint from. I would like to know how to find a grid for my screen to square off my photo. This would aid in transferring it to a canvas or paper. I've tried to find a photo ...
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Do reference photos have to be the same size as my final drawing?

I’ve been teaching myself drawing for about 6 months and find reference photos very helpful, especially to get proportions and values right. I usually use my phone for the since I don’t have a printer,...
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Painting from reference - use image as base or start from scratch?

I want to create a painting in acrylic using the pencil drawing attached as reference. Is this a good idea, or is it better to start painting in the drawing to improve my skill? And how would I start ...