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Colored Pencil Step by Step by Debra Kaufman Yaun, Sylvester Hickmon, Pat Averill

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Using References

with Debra Yaun

Observing nature firsthand is a wonderful practice for an artist. Be sure to bring a sketchbook with you so you can make some field sketches on site—these quick studies can be invaluable reference tools when you return to your studio. If you bring your camera along, you have the option of observing and recording a subject from several different angles. You can also snap various shots of the entire setting, as well as some closeups of the details. Give yourself as much information to work with as you can. When you return to the studio, you can compile your photos—as well as drawings, magazine clippings, and other static references—into a permanent file for future use (also called an “artist’s morgue”). In this ...

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