hi there you art is beautiful! i just wanted to ask, whether or not you use references? i been using references to try to improve on my anatomy, but they never seem to come out exactly like the reference. For a beginning artist is using references more helpful? thanks! (:
Hi, thank you!.
I use sometimes, other times not. Use mostly when I want a very specific or tricky pose. I do think it is useful to use references for practice and studies, and don´t worry if at first it doesn´t look “perfect”, takes a lot of practice and patience, as everything.
A little thing i would say is that at first don´t try so hard to “copy” a hand or a foot or whatever, maybe start with the general directions and proportions, try to understand the basic masses and forms, try to see it as geometric shapes, is a thing of relations between points in a plane, use synthesis, don´t get stuck in details. After you get that, it is way easier to go to a more organic and detailed work.
You could also try to draw from life, draw yourself or ask for someone to pose.
And regarding using references in general, I think it´s good, but it is also good being able to detach and work without them, not depend completely on it, so for that you just need a lot of practice, you can practice with references sometimes and others without.