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Lighting for Animation by Michael Tanzillo, Jasmine Katatikarn

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Runaway (September 20, 1958), Norman Rockwell. Reference image from Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera.Printed by permission of the Norman Rockwell Family Agency. Copyright © The Norman Rockwell Family Entities.

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Observing the World Around Us

Reference is an essential part of any artist’s workflow. Whether painting, sculpting, or working in 3D on a computer, an artist must study the world in order to replicate it. Whether an artist is sketching based on observations from a live model or painting shadows after breaking down a photographic image, reference is a tool utilized by artists of all disciplines.

How and why do we use reference? What are ...

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