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Draw and Paint 50 Animals by Jeanne Filler Scott

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Gathering References

There are many ways to collect your references, but photography and sketching are the most common.

PHOTOGRAPHY

If you are serious about being an artist who paints animals in a realistic, detailed style, photography is an important tool. Since animals move constantly, getting good photos is a challenge. While you can capture only a few lines in a sketch, photographs can preserve a moment in great detail. This gives you a lot more information to work from and more flexibility as an artist.

MANUAL CAMERA EQUIPMENT

For basic photography, I use a 35mm camera with a normal lens and a telephoto zoom lens. The zoom lens is the most important because it allows you to take close-ups of distant animals. The zoom feature allows you to ...

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