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