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    Question - Best way to draw fantasy/sci fic things

    Hi everyone.

    Here is a noob question:

    Per example, if I want to draw a "fantasy-kind-of-bird" from imagination, the best way to draw it, is previously draw alot and alot of real birds from reference right?
    Or if i want to draw a fantasy/sci-fic armor, the best way is to previously study and draw alot of real armours, like from roman military forces, marines, etc...
    I am just not shure if i should try to draw them directly from head, or if i should first study them from real life, so that later i can draw them the way i want.

    I hope you understood my question
    Sorry for my english, is not very good.

    THanks in advance.

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    Drawing from reference allows you to draw 'armor-like things' that look like armor-like things. Otherwise it's going to look like a mess around figures.

    Same with drawing creatures of any kind; if you can't draw something that looks like a cow (which actually exists), you can't draw a horse, or a dragon that looks realistic.

    To start with, draw from live reference if you can, otherwise from pictures.

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    If you want to draw something from imagination, you need two things. One is a solid understanding of what it is you're going to draw/design. Now, I don't mean that you have to have all details of the creature/armour/top hat/whatever clear in your mind beforehand - some people work that way, others don't - but _yes_ you need to at least know enough about bird anatomy to make it recognisable as a bird. The more you know, the better.

    The second is the skill/knowledge of how to 'construct' this on paper. Some perspective is helpful, foreshortening, all the things we all strive to perfect.

    Personally, there was a time when I drew lots from observation. Life and images. And I thought I knew perspective. But starting my uni course made me realise I had _no_ knowledge of how to actually construct the things I imagined, to make them appear correctly.

    I would suggest getting reference, draw from reference, draw the same thing from several angles without reference. Now (actually, after quite some time ) you should be able to draw your own design.

    - my 2 cents, hope they help!
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    Thank you very much you both for your advices
    Very appreciated!

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