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Do You use references when You're working on Your artwork? 

40%
680 deviants said I use references when I have to draw something really difficult
34%
588 deviants said I use references for artwork from time to time- it helps my work being more realistic
9%
162 deviants said I observe things a lot but I don't use references at the time I'm drawing
9%
150 deviants said I actually can't draw a thing without reference ;_;
6%
107 deviants said I do drawing exercises with references but I don't use them on actual artworks
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34 deviants said other?

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HerOnceWhiteWings Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I actually like looking at a picture and draw the exact same thing, but sometimes I look at many pictures of a character to memorize all details, so then I'll be able to draw him in any way/pose I want
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KGX347 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Kiedyś robiłam szybkie, byle jakie szkice, a później jechałam z pamięci ;) Teraz łapię się na tym, że nie bardzo wiem, jak rysować sylwetkę, ale może to też i dlatego, że nie rysuję już sztywnych kłód, tylko zależy mi, żeby moje ludki robiły coś ciekawego i chcę narysować je poprawnie, a nie jak mi się wydaje ;D Dlatego coraz chętniej sięgam po referencje i obrazki. Ale wciąż zdarza mi się narysować coś całkiem dobrze ot tak, z głowy (:

I nie wydaje mi się, żeby było coś złego czy dobrego w używaniu czy nie używaniu referencji, niech każdy rysuje tak jak potrafi i jak mu jest wygodnie! :D
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Mistpool Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
haha, you don't have an option that says "YES ALL THE TIME"
The only time I don't use references is when I'm doodling.
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snowchime Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student Writer
I use/do options one and two.
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AgataKa19 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
bardzo ciekawy poll :P
czasem ciezko jednoznacznie sie wypowiedziec bo co do mnie to kilka odpowiedzi mi pasuje. I robie czasem cwiczenia z referkow, czasem uzywam do aktualnego rysunku, czasem nie. w zaleznosci od tego jak trudne jest to co rysuje i jak dlugo zajeloby mi znalezienie dobrych referek do tego :P
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Lilblkrose Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Its amazing how my art style changes and better it looks when I use references on the side ; 7 ;... Trying to break my habit by using references as much as possible.
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Zerolr-RM Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I should be using references for everything I draw. I know that will help me grow as an artist. But I get lazy.

I only resort to refs when there is a pose that I can't draw from memory. But for practice and even for the actual artworks, I need to grow accustomed to constantly using refs. No excuses LOL X3
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Inatervo Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not just for realism or difficult objects, reference also makes your work more recognizable! After taking art classes, I've been conditioned to use references for anything I create, and I feel like my drawings are better because of it. Also, getting feedback from your peers at every step of the process can greatly influence the quality of the outcome.
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munkeyfu Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It really depends on the type of work. I have issues with realistic anatomy, so when I have to draw realistic looking people, I generally will use references. When given a job in a style I'm not used to, I will also often look for material in that particular style to give me an idea of what is involved.
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Salomea Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Jak już coś rysuję, co zdaża się bardzo rzadko xD, to zawsze używam refów. Nic mi nie wyjdzie bez, no chyba, że jest to coś co rysowałam już miliard razy.
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shuu-washuu Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
w pizdu. czy to zeby zobaczyc jak wyglada jakis przedmiot, czy jak ukladaja sie miesnie w nodze przy jakiejs pozycji, czy materiał... _^_
najfajniej to sie pracuje z zywym modelem to wogole jest osom, ale rzadko jest okazja
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Squiffies Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
If you can have a more accurate drawing, then why not?
I got on a project where I'm drawing a lot of cars, so I need to know what they look like from every angle, and engines, and stuff like that... so I have a ton of reference. I still have to reimagine it, but I always have something to look at to make sure it's accurate
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illustica Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I used to look at references for my work, but I learned to do my own reference, often, practicing (thumbnailing) before drawing the actual work. But with OCs that I'm asked to draw, yes, I use the references provided.
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HallowedShellsArt Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I use references for things I have little to no experience drawing, and for poses (or various angles/perspectives of the body) that I am not comfortable with.
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Tenten9622 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I use them...For poses the most >u> Usually just search for a pose, then I redraw it without looking at it, but need some help for my imagination. -u-""
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NearoC Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012   Digital Artist
ref for a specific character not made by me or something, most definitely, dem outfit details and things. Something out of head or anything else, rarely.
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El-Niphrendil Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I use references more often than not :)
My works with reference looks better so I must practicing drawing without it :)
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Doria-Plume Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I actually don't use refs when I'm working on an artwork (but I think I should use some more often to make less mistakes haha X'D T.T)
I only use refs when I have to draw something I'm not used to, or sometimes when I really have a crush on a picture I can be inspired by it (pose, attitude, etc) but I write credits if so ♥
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keidream Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
My best drawings are always of things I can see! I use my own imagination for the layout of the picture and such, but I reference difficult body parts and facial expressions. I love drawing the people in front of me, though ^ _ ^
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The13thDayDreamer Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I use references a lot to get my details down and it sometimes helps me with my proportions. Other wise on free draw, i have practiced before with a reference and i practice again without a reference to remember the image and the placements of the details.
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Rikoei Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i use references whenever i sketch in my sketchbook for exercises when drawing humans but whenever i try and draw them without them i fail miserably i am trying to get it right though guess it takes time huh? ;_;
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Zumea Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i don't draw very much but it depends, if i can picture it in my head and keep it there i don't need a reference, other then that
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Rook2Pwn Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student General Artist
It's honestly dependent on what I'm drawing and how I plan to draw it. Like if I want a realistic feel or I'm drawing something I've never drawn before or it's fanart I tend to use a lot of references but if it's in the moment, something really stylized, or completely out from my head I'll forgo references in favor of imagination. However for things like anatomy, I can't recommend using references more.
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GreyRadian Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
I have to; all the time ;_; is that a bad thing?
I wish i could break away from that OTL
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lady-leliel Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student General Artist
I love life drawing classes but it isn't always practical to get someone to sit still for a couple of hours XD Often when I need to draw a face I will take a photo of myself and use that.. But then all the characters end up looking vaguely like me XDDD
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Gyaias-blade Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yes I use references all the time.
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DxRhym Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012   Digital Artist
Yep! I use references all the time for whatever i'm having trouble with.
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Wazzup1721 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012   Digital Artist
Mostly just for drawing exercises.
But occasionally for a piece itself.
If I'm drawing a pose from my head, I try as hard as I can to not use a reference, just use what I already know and erase a million times until I get it right.
But SOMETIMES it just doesn't work, I can't get it right no matter how hard I try! At that time, I search for a reference. Usually something that matches what's in my mind only slightly. I don't want it to match too much cuz I want the majority of it to be from my mind.
Does this make me sound insane?? It makes sense to me but I'm not sure I'm explaining it well LOL sorry ignore me
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wolfgaara1 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Usually when I'm drawing something I haven't drawn in a while, or drawing something I don't do very often, like humans... Even then I don't really use a reference...
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ymstr Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use references when I have to draw something really difficult. Something I never did before is not easy to do with only my imagination. Right now I am working on a underwater based picture, so I need references to make it right.
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sneakolai Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really, really don't like drawing with references (unless, obv, it's a still life or portrait, haha). But when I've tried several times and they still don't look right, I'll have to find a reference. Case in point is the last thing I submitted, here: [link]

I chose a stupidly hard pose, contraposto with a crossed leg and body language to imply tension/grumbling. And I couldn't get that right for the life of me -- even after looking at a (single) reference of a woman with legs crossed.

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Lacriyme Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sometimes I use them, sometimes I find the drawing works out just fine without. Though I don't usually go this route, I think my favourite thing to reference is an real person, versus a photograph. But for animals, I definitely always use references. I pretty much understand how the anatomy works, but my proportions end up quite off otherwise.
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PsykoaktiveFantasi Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Only on difficult things.
And even then,I rarely use them.
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Adspems Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm still learning so I usually do the drawing tutorials in the books I have. But I check a lot of stuff outside of drawing.
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L1ghtGoddess Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist
I don't really use references, even though I should.
Depends on the subject matter.
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Sasha1378 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
I use refs for stuffs I have a hard time with... Not everything. Even within the same drawing.
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Empyu Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist
I really should use references more often. I just want to be able to draw what's in my brain more than anything. The problem is the image I have in mind keeps changing. Using references would help me keep the final product grounded.
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naarii0015 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
I observe things a lot, and my brain will catalog things and I won't really use reference for them. However I do find it important to look at reference from time to time just to make sure that I'm getting things right on something I'm not sure about. Sometimes poses but most of the time I just act out the pose and look in a mirror, I also use it when I'm drawing someone else's character... well it really just depends on the circumstance xD
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MJ-Johnson Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I've used pose references and a few photos... probably 10 refs in all, but that's about it. I should really use more.
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Deikus-is-hellbound Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student General Artist
When I'm having trouble with something I use a reference, but I try to use what I've observed from life.
Or if I'm drawing something specific, like some's OC's or something :D
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eda1102 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
with me it's tough to distinguish between "artwork" and "drawing exercises", it's all just doodles. If there is a pose I can not for the love of anything sketch I'll look up references and practice it and then eventually.... hopefully learn it and then be able to make the "artwork" xD
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Kim-SukLey Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, nope, never. I learn from what I see on real life; I am a mostly visual person. I actually find weird that people use references because I don't, hehe : )
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Equestrian-Equine Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student General Artist
For difficult things, or from time to time when I'm doing a few exercises to learn new perspective/poses.

For people, when I'm too lazy to actually find references to help me, I hold my arm awkwardly in front of me to see where it compares to my shoulder, waist, etc. (and then someone asks me what I'm doing, lol.)
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waterdancer Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student General Artist
i am highly observant, and i try to peg ideas for later, i catch myself doing it consciously, but i fully encourage the use of references. i simply rareky commit myself to an image fully enough to go about searchin for references. the most drawing i do is very casual in a sort of "ive got 5 minutes of spare time at work, lets doodle" type way. however, i have in the past used references, and i encourage it. da in particular has this sort of stigma about using references, as if someone will point their finger and shout thief-- and sadly it happens too. but using references is not something new to the world of art, and for the sake of anyone who wishes to learn, or aim for accuracy, i highly encourage them.
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Zarianoe Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use references when practicing I guess, and a reference for my friends ocs or my own ocs if I havent drawn them in a while lol XD
whatcha think is the best way to use them? o 3 0
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Sturmir Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I use references only in certain situations. For example when you have a very awesome idea for a drawing, but you know you've never drawn something like that before and after few tries you realize that you have no idea how to make the drawing look as you imagine it. Then you start looking for references. Hopefully you find something good and make an epic drawing. References are good. Sometimes I randomly collect pictures that might be a good reference in any future project. I have a special folders for that (anatomy/ expressions/ landscapes etc.).
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Squishyelephant Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
I think my work would be better with references and I would like to use references more to help me improve, but normally the only times I really draw are when I'm in class. Theoretically I could bring references with me, but that would just feel really wrong and disrespectful to the professor.
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CalumTraveler Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll use references to make sure that I'm drawing clothing or hair in the same way as what I want it to look like (like if it's internally consistent or something from an anime).
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Zeirai Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Personally, I wish referencing was part of my skillset. I'm AWFUL at it and I find that everything gets way worse when I try. :/ If I need help drawing something, I'll look something up and imagine whatever it is broken down. Takes a little more time but I think it's still a learning experience x.x
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i-am-tsukiko Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student General Artist
time to time
most of the time, no
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