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Understanding Talent - What does it take to become a great artist?

Understanding Talent - What does it take to become a great artist? | Drawing References and Resources | Scoop.it
This inspirational article provides insights into myths surrounding art and artists.
Jerome Okutho's insight:

When we think of art and artists, the first thing that usually comes to mind is talent. Indeed, art is almost synonymous with talent because of the amount of skill and dexterity required. So, what exactly makes someone a good artist? If you're curious to find out, this article offers some interesting explanations.

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Hands Reference I by Ninjatic on deviantART

Hands Reference I by Ninjatic on deviantART | Drawing References and Resources | Scoop.it
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Another great hands reference guide for any artist who wants to improve their hand drawing skills. The reference guide contains a wide range of hands performing different gestures and holding objects. There are also tips explaining how to get the right hand shape.

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10 Painters’ Lives Chronicled as Infographics

10 Painters’ Lives Chronicled as Infographics | Drawing References and Resources | Scoop.it
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An interesting inforgraphic that chronicles the lives of the most famous painters and the art movements they were involved in. The inforgraphic tracks the lives of notable artists such as Picasso, Boccioni, Kansinsky, and Matisse.

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Arms Drawing Reference Guide

Arms Drawing Reference Guide | Drawing References and Resources | Scoop.it
Jerome Okutho's insight:

This reference guide will help you understand the anatomy of the hand and give you a step by step approach to composing the arm -- from skeleton to muscle. If you're struggling with drawing a proportioned arm, this reference guide is all you need.

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Tyler M. Johnson's curator insight, February 4, 11:04 AM

good arm position and muscle ref

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A Day in the Life of a Graphic Designer

A Day in the Life of a Graphic Designer | Drawing References and Resources | Scoop.it
Jerome Okutho's insight:

Ever wondered what it's really like being a graphic designer? If so, this infographic does a good job of explaining the daily routine of an average graphic designer. It turns out being a graphic designer is more than just sitting at your desk fiddling with Photoshop.

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Lighting Practice Reference Guide for Cartoon Artists

Lighting Practice Reference Guide for Cartoon Artists | Drawing References and Resources | Scoop.it


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If you want to add depth and realism to your drawings, lighting is something you have to pay attention to. This simple reference guide will give you a basic idea of how to add lighting and shadows to your drawings.

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Perspective on Hands Tutorial

Perspective on Hands Tutorial | Drawing References and Resources | Scoop.it
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A useful reference guide containing tips and guides about drawing a perspective image of the human hand. If you've always wanted to master the art of drawing the hand at different angles, this tutorial is for you.

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This Week in Review: Anatomy Proportions, Facial structure reference guide, and female muscle definition

This week’s collection of reference guides were mostly focused on providing artists with tips and techniques for adding a sense of proportion to their drawings. Here are the top three reference guides from last week:

Jerome Okutho's insight:

1) Proportions Guide

http://foervraengd.deviantart.com/art/Proportions-Guide-244424893

This comprehensive proportions guide contains useful tips about drawing the human anatomy at different stages of development. You can use this guide if you want to learn about the ideal height and proportions of a man, woman, pre-pubescent, toddler, and baby. The guide also has some notes about the general rules you should pay attention to when considering the proportion of your drawing subject.

2) Facial structure reference guide

http://daydawndusk.deviantart.com/art/Facial-structure-tutorial-1-164074354

This reference guides shows you how to add facial features on your characters. It contains proportion guides for African, Asian, Caucasian, and Middle Eastern characters. The guide also describes how the sharpness of facial features affects the age and personality of your drawn characters.

3) Female Muscle Ideal Proportion

http://bambs79.deviantart.com/art/Female-Muscle-Ideal-Proportion-121047097

It’s not every day that you come across a reference guide about female muscle proportion. Nonetheless, it is important to understand the subtle differences between the male muscle anatomy and the female muscle anatomy. This comprehensive guide explains everything you need to know about adding muscle definition to your female anatomy drawings.

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Warm ups drawings, that will change your life.

Warm ups drawings, that will change your life. | Drawing References and Resources | Scoop.it
Jerome Okutho's insight:

A collection of sketches that will teach you how to draw a wide range of poses. The point of this reference image is to develop the ability to "see through the figure and find the placement of the rib cage and the relationship with the hips".

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Skin Tone tips

Skin Tone tips | Drawing References and Resources | Scoop.it
Jerome Okutho's insight:

A useful resource if you're someone who wants a simple way to find the right skin tone when painting human subjects. You can use the Photoshop color drop tool to select the skin tone you want and apply it to your portraits as needed.

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Asian and Caucasian Eye Drawing Reference

Asian and Caucasian Eye Drawing Reference | Drawing References and Resources | Scoop.it
Jerome Okutho's insight:

A useful reference guide for any artist who wants to learn about the basics of drawing eyes on Asian and Caucasian subjects. Of course, you can apply these techniques to any of your projects requiring detailed eye drawing.


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Lindsey Davis's curator insight, January 16, 11:19 AM

This reference tool made by DeviantArt's OryxPixie shows how to acheive the right effects for different kinds of eyes. If you're having trouble distinguishing between Asian and Caucasian eyes, this one's for you!

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Proportions Guide

Proportions Guide | Drawing References and Resources | Scoop.it
Jerome Okutho's insight:

Keep this reference guide handy whenever you decide to draw full body portraits. It contains some useful tips and guides about drawing a proportional human anatomy from toddler to adult.


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Fernando Pantoja's curator insight, January 15, 9:52 PM

Escalado del cuerpo humano segun biotipo

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Changing the Face- Facial structure reference guide

Changing the Face- Facial structure reference guide | Drawing References and Resources | Scoop.it
Jerome Okutho's insight:

A reference guide with useful tips about drawing facial features on your character features. It shows you how to place features on the face, draw  facial features attributed to different ethnic groups, and define facial shapes.

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Canine Drawing Tutorial - GS

Canine Drawing Tutorial - GS | Drawing References and Resources | Scoop.it
Jerome Okutho's insight:

Use this reference guide to improve your canine drawings and learn about the basics of the canine anatomy. The guide includes all the sketches and scribbles you need to know about when composing your drawing from scratch.

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Negative Space and Silhouette Study

Negative Space and Silhouette Study | Drawing References and Resources | Scoop.it
Jerome Okutho's insight:

Paying attention to the negative space of an object is just as important as paying attention the positive space. Both spaces can have an effect on the proportions and composition of your drawings and can enhance or mute certain details. This tutorial covers a few techniques you can use to visualize the negative space of any human pose or object.

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How to Draw Folds on Clothing - Drawing Reference Guide

How to Draw Folds on Clothing - Drawing Reference Guide | Drawing References and Resources | Scoop.it
Jerome Okutho's insight:

Drawing clothing isn't the easiest thing in the world, especially if you're used to drawing traditional portraits. This guide will show you the different techniques you can use to add a variety of folds to drawn clothing. Check it out.

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Complete Guide to What’s New in Adobe Photoshop 14.2 | Psdtuts+

Complete Guide to What’s New in Adobe Photoshop 14.2 | Psdtuts+ | Drawing References and Resources | Scoop.it
In this article, we will explain everything you need to know about the new features in Photoshop 14.2.
Jerome Okutho's insight:

The latest update to Adobe Photoshop adds a much needed refresh to the features of the already powerful photo editing software. Among some of the improvements are Perspective Warp, Linked Smart Objects, and 3D Printing Support. This guide will give you a detailed overview of what you can expect in Adobe Photoshop 14.2.

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Six Feet Drawing reference for artists

Six Feet Drawing reference for artists | Drawing References and Resources | Scoop.it
Jerome Okutho's insight:

Drawing feet is one of the hardest things to do as an artist. Luckily, this reference guide shows you how to get started with drawing different feet angles and poses. If you're currently struggling with your feet drawing, this is a reference guide you should keep with you.

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FREE PHOTOSHOP/GIMP BRUSHES! + Explanation

FREE PHOTOSHOP/GIMP BRUSHES! + Explanation | Drawing References and Resources | Scoop.it
Jerome Okutho's insight:

This amazing collection of free photoshop brushes will bring added flexibility to your graphic design projects. Not only do you get them for free, but you also get a fairly detailed explanation about the different situations you can use each brush in.

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The A to Z of Adobe Illustrator | Vectortuts+

The A to Z of Adobe Illustrator | Vectortuts+ | Drawing References and Resources | Scoop.it
The Adobe Illustrator toolbar is jam-packed with useful tools you may have used a million times or that may be entirely unfamiliar to you. Add to that the numerous panels and effects, and this program can create most any type of artwork.
Jerome Okutho's insight:

Becoming proficient at Adobe Illustrator will not only help you create better designs, but also elevate your skills as a graphic designer. This comprehensive article covers the tools and shortcuts you need to know in order to become an Adobe Illustrator wiz. Check it out!

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Female Muscle Ideal Proportion

Female Muscle Ideal Proportion | Drawing References and Resources | Scoop.it
Jerome Okutho's insight:

Use this proportions reference guide to determine how to add muscle definition to the female body. The reference guide assumes an ideal proportion, so you can also use the measurement guides when drawing the female anatomy in general.

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How Corporate Logos Evolve

How Corporate Logos Evolve | Drawing References and Resources | Scoop.it
Jerome Okutho's insight:

An interesting infographic that shows the design progression of several popular logo. If you're currently working on a rebranding project for a client, this reference guide might give you some new ideas about how you can update the logo.

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Daniel Bawaihi's curator insight, February 9, 10:18 PM

looking at the evolution of logos is very interesting, particularly the windows logo which grew on me and ive been seeing it all my life.

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Anatomy Practice Doodles

Anatomy Practice Doodles | Drawing References and Resources | Scoop.it
Jerome Okutho's insight:

A collection of doodles you can use to practice your anatomy drawing. It contains sketches of various poses, body structures, hand gestures, and facial orientations.

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Understanding Anatomy: Legs

Understanding Anatomy: Legs | Drawing References and Resources | Scoop.it
Jerome Okutho's insight:

This reference guide clarifies the concept of drawing realistic legs and feet. The guide comes with tons of information and diagrams that walk you through the learning process. This is a very useful resource for any artist.

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References and Practice on Drawing-Tutorials - deviantART

References and Practice on Drawing-Tutorials - deviantART | Drawing References and Resources | Scoop.it
Jerome Okutho's insight:

An interesting collection of character poses you can use as reference for your own drawings.

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