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Turtles, suddenly 🐢 Does anyone of my followers own reptiles? These animals are so unique and ancient.
Swipe left for a time lapse video. The other pictures illustrate my text below.
I sketched Chinese pond turtles, like the ones my friend @barbiinka
_ owns. 💚 I rarely draw turtles, especially concrete and detailed. Some photos of them were helpful.
🔸 We get back to the theme about references. It’s impossible to have enough knowledge about everything around, even if you’re an experienced artist. 🦉🐠🦗🚁⛵️🥦👁
🔸 Do you remember that lion portrait (3rd picture)? I rarely draw realistic lions, fire, skulls, fish, constellations. I searched for references for every part of that drawing. Just the lion’s face is based on 3 photos of lions. The paws “belong” to the fourth lioness. And so on.
🔸 That’s a variant of what I call “setting your creativity free”: you can create what you want even if there’s no exact reference which you would just entirely redraw.
🔸 In drawing portraits of concrete animals (like those 2 kitties from the last picture) references are very important for achieving similarity with the original. 🐱
🔸 I draw horses (my comfortable subject) from both references (especially when I need realism) and imagination (for example, most equinemarch pictures). It’s a good study. I think the best progress comes when you alternate drawing from reference and drawing from imagination.
🔸 Drawing from life is very different than drawing from photos but it’s another great exercise for advanced artists.
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