At 11/13/10 04:30 AM, Ryajin-Geki wrote:
Text of Self Doubt....
Hey man, don't sweat too much. I used to be the same way when it came to looking at other peoples art for reference or inspiration, I always thought I was copying or ripping them off some how. Then I learned that most of those artist looked at reference themselves. Maybe not during there current works, but at some point in their practice they had. And once I realized it took time to build a mental visual library by looking and studying tons of different art, artist and photos, I felt a lot better about using reference.
But even if you memorize hundreds of different photos or images, sometimes seeing the reference right beside your work to compare or correct yourself is often the best way to go about it. Even when making something that is completely new that doesn't have specific reference, find the different elements that make up something and then just use the reference for that specific area.
Example: Cthulhu's tentacles, find photos of real tentacles :P
So yeah find what you need on Google and buying reference books when you can and then practice, practice, practice.
I hope this encourages you and helps you