I use reference in most of my drawings, but never in the sketching stage, where the only important thing should be composition. After that, I may take some pictures of myself trying to get the right pose, or I’ll ask my beloved A. “can you hold your hands just like this?”. Most often she’ll answer “but that’s physically impossible, you know”. I swear my Stream Photos is full with this sort of embarrasing, funny pictures. Also, stock photo sites such like Corbis can prove useful when you’re looking for something that you can’t mimic by yourself.
Anyway, the great John Lee recently wrote a post (this one) with a much better answer to your question. You should totally check it out.
Great! The one panel mini-comic will be my main contribution to Western Civilization. Or to Civilization as a whole.
Soon: the two panel mini-comic. And I’ll follow a steady progression until producing a two hundred pages graphic novel.
(Anyway, I am very happy to hear you find it inspiring! Thanks!)
I know what you mean. Obviously most of my interest in B. Fuller’s stuff comes from a aesthetic standpoint; I am afraid that, having read little else about Fuller’s designs apart of what’s available in Wikipedia and in a couple of websites, it would be very daring from me to go further than things like “hey, I like it because it looks like all those Modern Mechanix stuff”.
Sure, I also was dissapointed when I first read about Fuller’s car being a failure, but I still like to think of all these inventions as a glorious (though mostly futile) effort.
Thank you Jacob, those are encouraging words, particularly because they come from someone whose own work I admire and respect.
And yes, after setting an Instagram account a few months ago without a clear purpose in mind, I’m finding it useful to use it for showing my process on the go, while I turn to tumblr when it comes to post finished pieces.