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Referencing? A short guide on using references... by Ros-Kovac Referencing? A short guide on using references... by Ros-Kovac

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Referencing? A short guide on using references as a learning tool and not a crutch.

After 3 years of people asking me to explain this, I finally came up with the tutorial. It's not a drawing or painting tutorial per se, it's a guide to achieve more realism in your works, without being bound to the use of references exclusively. This probably is oriented to help people with basic skills, or anyone who has been doing art for a while and doesn't know how to use references this way.

Download the PDF file, and let me know what you think. I hope you find it helpful.
Any question? Ask in the comments sections!


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:iconstrawberry--swing:
Strawberry--Swing Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! This will help me a lot :)
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Ros-Kovac Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! :)
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Sniper-Sight Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You were right - I love it *) Thanks very much for all of the extremely useful tips. I plan to put them to good use. Sometime I hope to get your critique on attempted pieces when you´re round. So thanks again (I have saved it!)
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Ros-Kovac Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great, I'll try ;D
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OEVRLORD Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was an interesting thing to read. I could try to implement more references in my creative process.
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TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you're studying human form, I've found. the ArtModel books are great. They show the subjects, plus a DVD that shows each pose from 24 angles. Yep, I just finished reading it lol. I should buy more of them, only have ArtModels 4.
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TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What you're saying here--and I haven't finished reading it lol--is pretty much what is said in Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Like the simplified eye versus the realistic eye. Etc. The brain wants to put in what it thinks is the way it is, not the way it really is. The book said many people who stopped drawing as kids...draw like kids lol. They got frustrated, gave up, and their development is stuck there. For some reason, I never stuck to art for any long period of time, yet I could pick it back up easily. Now I've been at it for going on 2 years straight and am much better...lots of room to grow, though.
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petiteUlis Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Thanks for this tutorial !
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Ros-Kovac Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
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LilMisTicQ Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have done some copy/paste referencing before, but i somewhat understood better how the shading happens..
I always used to have issues with shading, I felt like there is just enough of it, but it turned out like a paper. Thanks to copy/paste references, I encouraged myself to do deeper shadows and not be afraid of making them too dark..

For the painting I'm working on currently, I actually was starting to use the same technique of referencing as you mentioned in the tutorial (I loved it, very well done! :) ), so I am very glad that it's an approved technique by more professional artists. :D

So, thank-you very much for making this tutorial! I really hope more people will see it, cause it could be very very useful for many artists.
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