ReferencesReferences are something that artists have been using for years and years. They range from live models to photos to models/miniatures used to study light. When I draw, I usually use photographic references, so the bulk of what the article is going to talk about will be based on my experiences with photos. While they are not the end all be all--they are very useful when you can't build a model, have someone pose for you, or can't go out in the woods and look for what you need.
Why Use References?
Using photographic references will help you learn to "see". If you are stuck on drawing a hand, what do you do? Do you look at your own hand to help you? I often do. References help you understand the shape and form of something much like looking at your own hand. It might not be apparent at first. But breaking it down helps. I scribble all over them, trace the photo, break it into shapes, to get a feel for what I'm trying to draw. References, especially photographic ones
To GodTo God,
I've heard it over and over again,
"use your talents to honor God."
I see other artists reflecting you,
in painting after painting,
poem after poem,
sketch after sketch.
yet why do so few few of mine,
clearly point to you?
As your child,
You're supposed to be the center of my life,
whose gravity causes everything else to fall into place.
It seems I've made myself,
and my own interests central.
You just seem to circle around me,
only occasionally catching my eye.
Have I made myself an Idol?
Have I caused my art and poems,
to be my focus instead of you?
I don't want that.
I remember how when I first surrendered myself to you,
I held my head a little higher,
how I stood a little straighter,
and felt as if I could take on the world.
I want that again,
that I knew wasn't my own.
take me by the hand again,
and guide me to live my life for you.
I'm beginning to realize,
that this surrender,
is not a one time th