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Choosing the Best Reference Photo for your Drawing

As a freelancer, I get all types of reference photos to draw; some good, some bad.

I work with all types; however, I can see a tremendous difference in the quality of my work in the pictures that I drew from low-quality reference photos.

The reason for this is that when I’m drawing, I am gathering information about the subject of the picture from the photograph and translate that information on to paper.

If that information isn’t there, all I have to go on is my imagination to fill in the gaps.

Here is an example of an image that I was given last year of a beautiful couple I know.  It’s a nice photo to look at, but when it comes to drawing, it does not have a lot of clarity since it was a snapshot taken without good lighting. And that makes it very difficult to work with. Continue reading

Drawing Characters From AMC’s Breaking Bad + a Question for You!

I am a big fan of AMC’s television show, Better Call Saul. I actually am impatiently waiting for the next season to finally come out.

saul goodman, james mcgill, jimmy mcgill, slippin jimmy

Picture courtesy of Widewallpapers.net

I first started watching Breaking Bad when it came out in 2008, because of the fact that I was intrigued by the fact that Hal from Malcolm in the Middle was going to be playing such a dark character. It was so hard for me to imagine him in that role!

bryan cranston hal walter white

Picture courtesy of Hollywood.com

It turned out that the show was very good, very intense, very interesting. And of course, when Better Call Saul came out afterward, I had to watch it too!

In the last week, I decided to draw some celebrities from the shows Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad and to create a time-lapsed video of me drawing Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston) so others could see the progress of creation.  Let me know what you think.

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