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HOW TO MAKE YOUR ART LOOK NICE: Reference n Style by trotroy HOW TO MAKE YOUR ART LOOK NICE: Reference n Style by trotroy
To all my fellow artblocked, stumped, and confused artists, here's a kinda long guide on how to work around your stumps! And it's also basically the answer to why some artists are good/awesome and how you can work your way to become as good/awesome/even better than them!

Some works used in this aren't mine and are used for reference purposes and are credited as such.

Keep practicing yo! and excuse my writing

EDIT: Holy man, thanks so much EeNii and Elandria!

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR ART LOOK NICE: Reference n Style by trotroy It can't be said often enough that using great references makes for great art! Check out this fun and useful tutorial on the subject! ( Suggested by EeNii and Featured by Elandria )
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AnnDreamy Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, it`s very helpful tutorial :D
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jounetsunoakai Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
i think a lot of ppl who said this tutorial is teaching you to be art theft is failed to see the difference between referencing vs plagiarism  :P....reference is only to remind you with texture, shape, color composition, etc like example...you want to draw an eagle, you browse looooots of photos of an eagle, understand their colors and shape then start drawing WITHOUT making it similar with the pictures you reference, make the angle different, give your style, it to reminds you how their feather looks, how their beaks looks, how their claws looks etc. which is exactly what this tutorial is trying to tell you. copying/plagiarism is taking one photo then drawing the exact pose, composition, ideas, angle, shading etc. its not wrong if you want to copy a photo UNLESS you grab a camera and take  it yourself. although i can say the picture with a kid and a dog can be considered as copying, but  its not wrong to reference 90% of a picture element if you clearly say its a STUDY and link the artist who made it, also not claim it yours, but i think its better if you keep it in your private folder.  it depends on how ppl take it/understand the tutorial but its clearly not telling you to YEAH GO AHEAD TRACE SHIT AND CLAIM IT YOURS. in my opinion this deserve the DD because its reminds me to not being lazy when i forgot how an object looks like and start referencing. yeah some ppl may take it in the wrong way and think plagiarism is ok but other ppl stupidity is not his responsibility
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Silkkat Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
NO TROY, DEMONIC SACRIFICE IS ALWAYS THE ANSWER TO EVERYTHING
Awesome tutorial. I learned a lot here. This is very helpful and well put together. 
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Inarmsofamity Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I get so much shit from people I know for using references so it makes me wary to have one out when I'm drawing because they'll see the initial thing and be all OMFGGG UR COPYINFGGGGGG THATTTT even know I change it so much it's unrecognizable.
It really annoys be especially because I feel like the pressure on me is double. I'm always having to prove myself at school because last year a girl who doesn't like me got upset that I was ranked higher than her in art classes so she spread a rumor that I copied and even traced all my art, everyone believed her, so now I can't even so much as look at a reference without someone trying to say I copied it.
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secondchildrenASL Featured By Owner Edited Sep 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Quoted for truth ù_ù
:D
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ThePurpleTabby Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Student Filmographer
This is true on so many levels.
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Xanna-HappyHeart Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist


thank you?
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EveLivesey Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Professional Photographer
I'm sorry but I think you should make it quite clear to people that if they publish their 'copies' that they need to credit and link - you are putting them at risk of having their work taken down or worse still - being subject to litigation by the photographer (if the photo is copyrighted or if it has a creative commons license that requires credit and a link).
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joeyzsrk Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks . It's very helpful XD
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CountryShiba Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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thank you.
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