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    So, I'm kind of a late bloomer into art and am currently a freshman in college. My dream is to be a comic book artist, and I was just wondering, do professionals use reference photos when they draw? Or do they know enough to not need them? (my skill without references is dismal at best, so I'm wondering how far I have to go to have a sliver of a chance). Any comments appreciated! Thanks!


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    I'll just leave this here..

    TL;DR - Absolutely, but try to LEARN from them, don't just use them as a crutch.

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    I'm sure that lots of comic book artists rely on reference photos and others don't use refs at all. The more important point is that there's no rule saying that you can't.

    Using reference is a tool like any other. It is not a crutch because if you are a bad artist and totally lack fundamentals then your drawings are not going to be good regardless of reference used.

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    Hey, fellow aspiring comic artist here! I've heard that artists use references for their works. I know I certainly use them if I am unsure of how a certain pose looks from the angle that I want to draw it from. I think that the more you study, the more certain you will become with poses, and the less you'll have to use references. But I don't think it's a bad thing to use them (I hope not, cause' I use them).

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    Quote Originally Posted by MINX View Post
    So, I'm kind of a late bloomer into art and am currently a freshman in college. My dream is to be a comic book artist, and I was just wondering, do professionals use reference photos when they draw? Or do they know enough to not need them? (my skill without references is dismal at best, so I'm wondering how far I have to go to have a sliver of a chance). Any comments appreciated! Thanks!
    Sometimes? If you have to look up a reference for every pose or expression you're going to be too slow to be of any use. Remember you're likely going to draw multiple poses plus environments per page. On the other hand, gritty 90s comic artists aside, people want to see good looking art rather than horrible anatomy errors man was not meant to see. So you have to be prepared to do some of each.
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    They do, but good ones use them for reference, not for copying from them.

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