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    Tip for finding references - GOOGLE MAPS!

    Hey guys, so here is something a bit unconventional but I've been finding REALLY helpful! I've never thought about doing this before, but google maps!

    So here's what I've been doing, going to major cities and going to the street view level and BAM, I have a 3d image of people and architecture, look at this I used today -http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF8&q=healthcare+94102&fb=1&gl=us&h q=healthcare&hnear=San+Francisco,+CA+94102&view=ma p&cid=664428915857926981&iwloc=A&ved=0CBoQpQY&sa=X &ei=j3aGTLDaI5KCygThye21Aw

    And the best part is, I can go back to this same street tomorrow and find a different image, with different lighting and people.

    Obviously it's better for gesturals (in terms of drawing the people) but still I thought was a good idea.

    Thought I'd pass the tip along .

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    Yeah, I've thought about using google maps to get good ref images of the nearby houses. There are some beautiful houses but I'm afraid to take pictures because I don't want people to think I'm a suspicious character or something. XD

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    Quote Originally Posted by love tank View Post
    And the best part is, I can go back to this same street tomorrow and find a different image, with different lighting and people.
    Are you sure the image is updated daily?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eezacque@xs4all.nl View Post
    Are you sure the image is updated daily?
    Yea I actually don't think it is . I thought it was, but when I see "copyright 2009" on some of san francisco's images it probably isn't. But I do know they aren't done on the same day given how the overcast changes per picture. So when they are updated I have no clue at this point.

    Oh and too reutte - haha yea that's exactly why I don't draw too much of what is around me , I'm afraid of being a creeper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by love tank View Post
    Yea I actually don't think it is . I thought it was, but when I see "copyright 2009" on some of san francisco's images it probably isn't. But I do know they aren't done on the same day given how the overcast changes per picture. So when they are updated I have no clue at this point
    Google has cars travelling around with cameras. I don't know how many they have, but given the size of the world as we know it, I don't think they update every day.

    There are some nice anecdotes about people walking out, waving, and then being disappointed they are not on Google Earth...

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    My father's girlfriend happened to be bending over working on a planter box at the end of their driveway when the car went by, somewhat embarrassing.

    As to houses and such, why not just go out on the street and draw them? In any decently established city (and even better if it's an older city like Boston or Halifax) there'll be a pretty wide variety of styles and expressions to choose from. Better yet, it's in super-high resolution 3-D!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nezumi Works View Post
    My father's girlfriend happened to be bending over working on a planter box at the end of their driveway when the car went by, somewhat embarrassing.

    As to houses and such, why not just go out on the street and draw them? In any decently established city (and even better if it's an older city like Boston or Halifax) there'll be a pretty wide variety of styles and expressions to choose from. Better yet, it's in super-high resolution 3-D!

    I mean there are definitely "things" I can draw around me, but meh... I've been looking at them for years and it's pretty boring. Google maps gives me interesting things to draw from most places in the USA, and partially the world. I dunno, I enjoy it at least .

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    I use it a lot as I don't have the time to go and photo all the places I need.

    This guy makes a living from doing it.

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    Yes. Google maps is great. You can also use this to go to a random location: http://streetviewshuffle.com/

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    I agree I've been doing this too!!

    One of my favorite past times is traveling the streets of boston and drawing the lovely architecture without having to buy a plane ticket.

    I appreciate every second of it.

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