Gath­er­ing the best ref­er­ence

ImagineFX - - Traditional Artist -

Take the time to re­ally learn how to use your cam­era. One of the big­gest is­sues I see when re­view­ing stu­dent work is ter­ri­ble ref­er­ence that hand­i­caps the work. Learn to make cos­tumes and cre­ate mod­els for ref­er­ence. This can be an in­valu­able and fun part of the process.

Build­ing mod­els is a great way to get re­al­is­tic ref­er­ence when you don’t have ac­cess, due to size or avail­abil­ity. Start col­lect­ing in­ter­est­ing ob­jects when­ever you can. Thrift stores and garage sales are of­ten full of cheap and in­ter­est­ing ob­jects. I keep some clay around in case I need to sculpt a quick head or fig­ure for imag­i­nary sub­jects.

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