Tips for Working from Photos

Unless you are an expert photographer, use photos as reference tools only. Draw from actual objects whenever possible.

Use a viewfinder frame to help you modify the composition of a photo before you begin drawing. You can make a viewfinder frame with heavy paper and two large paper clips.

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If you want the face in a photo to be at a slightly different angle, you can tilt your photo a little as you tape it to a piece of paper and then add a mat to hide the tilted corners of the photo.

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Whenever you plan to draw from photographs, take lots of pictures of the potential drawing subjects from several different angles. You need to be familiar with a subject from all sides before you can accurately draw its forms.

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