The use of references in artwork.
Hi, I'm an student in Illustration and am currently working a graphic novel for my final major project that requires the knowledge of the male anatomy, military uniforms and weapons.
The best plan of action for me I think is to use a series of photo references of the male figure, the uniforms and weapons.
But can I use existing artwork as references of my work?
I asking this because there are some elements in existing work that can be pulled off that real models can't, such as the poses and structures, and I would like to use those elements in my work. But there has been colliding opinions about what is consider Art Theft or tracing which has been frowned upon.
I simply want to know if it right to reference existing as well as photo reference?
It would be great if I can get this clear for me once and for all!