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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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Burnished-Angel Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are completely correct. The first decent art teacher I ever had put a lot of emphasis on looking at the world and thinking "how would I draw that?" He also put his emphasis on good old practice and basic techniques in traditional media (I flat out cannot draw in digital media).
Anyways, in no time I would be at gymnastics practice, look at another girl and wonder what colors I would use, what angles would I emphasize. Art takes a lot of work and thanks to Rudy (my art teacher) it has been a lot of fun watching my progress over the years...

Crap, I went on a tangent.

But, yeah, you're good.
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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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:iconros-kovac:
Ros-Kovac Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! :)
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StrangeClockwork 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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:iconros-kovac:
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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Ros-Kovac Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Aw yeah, I understand how it can help you with shading. Something you can do is sampling the tones of an image, not necessarily to paint, but to observe where they're actually located in color wheel, most people will be surprised to see how desaturated many vibrant colors actually are, and how deep shadows can get.

There are so many different methods people use to learn. I remember stumbling upon this article some months ago [link] by Gregory Manchess and I wholeheartedly agree with his controversial statement "Nothing is cheating". If you're not familiar with Manchess, google him, he's one of our modern masters of illustration. I don't favor tracing, because in my own experience, it becomes too automatic. But all artists should try about everything at least once, see how it teaches them something.

The trick is never sticking to one of these methods of learning, as your only way to render your pieces. Acquire a strong foundation and it will obvious in the quality of your work. :)
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LilMisTicQ Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a great article! And Gregory Manchess is amazing.
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Nightbringer24 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Thank you so much for this. I think this is one thing I needed more than anything. Artistically of course.
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Ros-Kovac Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you find it helpful! :)
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Nosvertu Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just what I needed, thanks.
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:iconros-kovac:
Ros-Kovac Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No prob! I hope people actually find it helpful :lol:
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DreamingTheologian Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
thank you.
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Ros-Kovac Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No problem. :)
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