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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 .
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
Last edited by Reutte; September 11th, 2010 at 01:59 PM.
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
Lao-tzu, Chinese philosopher (604 BC - 531 BC)
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.
There are some nice anecdotes about people walking out, waving, and then being disappointed they are not on Google Earth...
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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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.
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.