Observational Sketching – Why, What, Where & How

It’s 2 AM. You’re working on an illustration for an assignment due tomorrow in the morning. You’re trying to sketch out over and over the right pose for the person in your illustration, but you just can’t seem to nail down one you like. You search Google images frantically for the perfect photo for inspiration, but nothing comes up that seems to work for what you need. Then, finally, while you look at your reflection staring back at you in your blackened out computer screen that finally went to sleep while you stared blankly at it, you strike a pose like your character from your illustration. And it clicks – inspiration strikes – you open up your webcam, and snap a few photos of yourself in the position the person your illustration takes, and you set to work, feeling refreshed and invigorated.

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