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Always a burning topic, always interesting to read about, and frequently, frequently--a Helper that's horribly abused.
Here's the thing: you use it, and so do I. Hell...Ed Degas used it (and that, to me, shuts down any argument against it!). But, then...why the abuse? There's one main culprit, and it's simple: assuming that the The Photograph is telling you the unmitigated truth, and never questioning it. For instance, Photorealistic painting, etc is no more "real" than a skillful naturalistic painting--it's just the replication of the camera's eye, warts and all. And as reference (for many viewers) the photograph holds that same sway as somehow being the "proper and correct" arbiter of a view even though it's not...
Here's a method of getting your photo ref to help you...by (first) your not believing its infallibility, and (second) by your helpful manipulation of it.
The posted images pretty much tell my tale. I was doing a memorial drawing of a dog for my wife's co-worker. I was provided a (single) very problematic picture as ref. I didn't want to draw from a generic Googled Labrador pic since that would've been so NOT the point. So, I used the pic, but made it work for me. The final piece was simply a small drawing, but the little trick I'm describing helped me see everything better as well as helping me get an idea how to vignette such an odd overall "shape".
Bending the photo helped me to see more like I'd been looking at Sammy--and not through a camera. (I'm providing the "analog" bent-photo version, plus its digital/Pshop equivalent.)
Here's the important thing about photo reference: you need to know where a photograph is "lying" to you. If you're using it as a crutch to avoid basic art & perception issues...the photo is using YOU!
Nick Rusko-Berger's Art Website: http://www.ruskoberger.com
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