Chapter 6Reference, Reference, and Reference–Oh My!



Since you′re here, apparently I haven′t scared you off yet. Did you do your homework? I will just have to take your word for it, because there is still more to be told about character design. So let′s move on, shall we? The next thing we are going to talk about is reference. Reference is defined as “an act or instance of referring.” I don′t know about you, but when the definition of a word uses the word to explain its meaning, I don′t think that′s much help. Reference for character designers can be defined as “the ability to observe from life or from a photograph to ensure that what is being portrayed is visually correct.”

To clarify that definition a bit, I′ll give you an example. Say you ...

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