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How to Use Reference Photos More Creatively

Do you feel like your watercolors are mostly copying photos, maybe with a few editorial changes? Here are some ideas for breaking free from “the tyranny of the photo” so you can use your photo references more creatively to express what really excites you about your subject.

UPDATE: I’ve just been informed by a viewer that Sketchbook (the app I use in this video) is back to being a paid app ($20). May still be worth it to you, but if not, check out Kleki: https://kleki.com It has the same functions I use in Sketchbook. Laid out a bit differently, but click the question mark icon in the upper right for help navigating.

The Reference Photo, Sketch and Designs from this Video

In case you want to play with them! 🙂

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