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It doesn't matter the size of the photo. It depends on how you use it. Photo references are handy but copying it too closely may actually work against you. The drawing may look stiff, bizarre or even incorrect. You also may run into ethical or even legal issues for copying a photo (of any size) too closely. In short, use the photos wisely, no matter what ...


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You'll need a thick type of paper. Ordinary bond paper is a bad idea as the markers will bleed through to the surface below. Some art stores sell paper billed as "marker paper". I haven't used them myself but can vouch for bristol paper; I use this to draw my comics and they can absorb markers well. Illustration board is another good choice ...


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The short answer: It honestly depends on many factors. The long answer: Many factors play into it. It is good to know anatomy and life drawing. It is a MUST if you want to draw realistically, be an animator, draw superhero comics and so on. Even if you're not pursuing those avenues, anatomy helps a lot. The human body is very hard to draw; it is said ...


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As a non-native English speaker I'm not too familiar with the expression 'pushing values', but I think the intent goes both ways, that is to say, it doesn't mean pushing them in one direction, but in both (or all) directions. Pushing one's values too far either results in a high-contrast image, where all values have been replaced by binary values (resulting ...


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