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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 )
madelaine02 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Digital Artist
This is really helpful! I was really thinking that referencing was a bad habit to get used to. Thank you for making it :)
Renewalazar Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow... This was really great! Thank you for posting!
BeetheGatekeeper Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This... all of this. I've made posts myself (lil ones anyhow) encouraging people to reference because I keep seeing people apologize for using reference photos. I don't know if they don't understand the difference between that and blatant art theft...  or if they honestly think that even though the old masters went literally WAY out of their way to learn how to correctly render human anatomy, there is now somehow shame in having to look at a pose or texture or a photo of a rock at sunset in order to know what they look like... If I have to draw from memory in order to be considered a serious artist, then I'll happily be a crummy artist who feels good about her work.
trotroy Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Amen! I hope more artists do this
FlamingBulbinArrow Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This will make my life so much easier, thanks for drilling it into my head when no one else would! XD
trotroy Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I believe using refs aren't empasized enough, but when it is, it is seen or even used as copying
FlamingBulbinArrow Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I'm glad this little doodle cleared that up, at least for the people who read it XD
trotroy Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hope so! C:
AnnDreamy Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, it`s very helpful tutorial :D
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 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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