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HOW TO MAKE YOUR ART LOOK NICE: Reference n Style by trisketched HOW TO MAKE YOUR ART LOOK NICE: Reference n Style by trisketched
To all my fellow artblocked, stumped, and confused artists, here's a kinda long guide on how to work around your stumps! And it's also basically the answer to why some artists are good/awesome and how you can work your way to become as good/awesome/even better than them!

Some works used in this aren't mine and are used for reference purposes and are credited as such.

Keep practicing yo! and excuse my writing

EDIT: Holy man, thanks so much EeNii and Elandria!

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR ART LOOK NICE: Reference n Style by trotroy It can't be said often enough that using great references makes for great art! Check out this fun and useful tutorial on the subject! ( Suggested by EeNii and Featured by Elandria )
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AOS1981 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017
This gave no help
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minecraftdodi Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! i've been on artblock and now your encouraging me~
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ivoryfox Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017
This is so true! Thank you for doing this! Do you mind me using this for an art lesson with 15-16yr olds with credits?
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shoucchin Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Student General Artist
Thank you for this! It's nice to see this because it reassures me that references are the way to go. Especially in high school, I was often told by my peers that referencing was akin to copying (even if I changed almost everything about a drawing!) and so I wouldn't get better. Seriously, thank you!
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trisketched Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017   Digital Artist
Glad to hear it! Yeah many consider that referencing is copying unless it is *heavily* referenced. But usually heavily referencing something is for learning purposes anyway. 
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ForsakenStrange Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017  Student General Artist
"Magical Drawing powers"
"Demonic sacrifice"

Trust me, I tried it before, and it didn't work. The demon said he needed my soul.

I already sold my soul a long, long time ago.
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Charlene-Art Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work!
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trisketched Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2016   Digital Artist
thanks charlene!
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Charlene-Art Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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irismondragon Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2016  Student General Artist
Thanks for doing this! I'll start my own reference library from now on :)
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KatyScene Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
lUv Et
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LifyehDragon Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Student General Artist
This is great! Gave me more motivationfor my own art, also reminded me of some of the things some of my art teachers would say. I always look up posing references. :D Thanks for making this!
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cutsnguts Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OK I MADE THIS >> Girl
thank you so much !! your tutorial is really amazing !
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trisketched Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016   Digital Artist
Wow thanks for sharing your application! Hope you get to use references more often. They indeed do wonders!
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Hey there~ ! 
I just wanted to say thank you for all the tutorials you've made. Though I've only just found them, they seem to be incredibly useful and I'll definitely be applying some of the techniques you introduced in them! Like many others here, I avoided referencing like crazy, however now I'll definitely try it! 
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trisketched Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016   Digital Artist
AGggg you're too kind! I'm glad you found these tuts useful :aww:
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R-redbob Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016  Student General Artist
it really helps me, thank you for posting this. Your advices are really helpful! 
But I why a stupid question: how can someone "steal" from other artists without actually cheating or copying them ?
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trisketched Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016   Digital Artist
a lot of people tend to misinterpret the definition of Picasso's word "steal". There is blatant stealing, and smart stealing. The blatant kind is taking an idea and barely even changing it (copying). The smart kind, however, is taking an idea (or multiple ideas) and then making a new/different one. That is how i interpret Picasso's quote based on my experience as an artist
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Tishalee133 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  Student Digital Artist
afdgsdfgsdha great tutorial! This was actually really helpful... I used to hate using references... I always thought it was like cheating... but not nowBirb intensifies  freeeedom!!!
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ComicGoals Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Omg do you have a list of Artists that inspire you? Because I love your taste.
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trisketched Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016   Digital Artist
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ComicGoals Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!  Just got through them all, awesome inspirations.
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GrahamSandwich Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do you face ;_;
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lavendemour Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
great tutorial, thank u so much
do u have perhaps a nice site when I can find real life references? 

thank u! 
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trisketched Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2015   Digital Artist
Google is your good friend, try "art reference" or "photographic reference". Here is good too, just check out the reference section!
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sreenivas9alapati Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Brilliant advice. Thanks for putting this together.
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KeiraBreeze Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Student General Artist
That was literally the most wonderful thing I have ever read thank you
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MoonPalette Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I always thought having to use references made me a bad artist... Thanks so much for this post!
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trisketched Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015   Digital Artist
Quite the opposite! A great artist knows how to use references effectively by learning and adapting with it
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MoonPalette Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
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alvringer Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for making this! :D
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Atrision Featured By Owner Edited Oct 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great information sir :)
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VividThought Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015
That answers one of my biggest questions when it comes to how good artists are without using refs.
This tutorial not only made me feel better so I could improve, it also helps me see things in a different perspective now!
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narnia-awake Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Super helpful!
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Cloozy Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015
Ipod Photo Cache ! What a great artist !!! x)

Joke aside, that's a really good work !
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NarutoUzuSakuraHru Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015
you have great tutorial!! thank you for making them !! you rock!! ( in the good way :)naruto gif Sakura Haruno 
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trisketched Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015   Digital Artist
Thank you too! C:
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gafAntonina Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015
I just wanted to say that I really appreciate your tutorials. They seem to finally explain me what is missing in my mindset to draw good. Yeah, I always knew there's a huge gap between me, who can't draw at all and my desired level of drawing, but after reading your tutorials (especially the later ones) I kinda figure out what I should fill it with.
Although, this road of artistic self-improving is so long for me that now I'm quite scared to even step on it... sigh, hope to overcome this as well one day :-)
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MyMakersDaughter Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I love this tutorial so much! Sometimes I think I need to draw from memory, or it means I'm not a real artist, but that doesn't make sense at all! I like the idea of taking different things from different refs. Thanks so much for the tutorial!! 
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TaintedTruffle Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm actually afraid to use references cause i don't want tit to look to similar than be accused of theft ._.
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trisketched Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015   Digital Artist
There is a difference between using a drawing to copy directly, and using a drawing to get an idea how something is drawn.

i can't blame you though. Theft is a very sensitive topic on this site. If you want, you can just make studies and you do not even have to post it online!
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JA-sining Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
i squeak like a little girl every time I notice somebody is a fan of Loish. hahaha anyway. great how-to. learned a lot. salamat! 
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trisketched Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015   Digital Artist
Everyone needs to be a fan of Loish. Walang anuman! 
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JA-sining Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
hahaha. lupit talaga ng gallery niyo sir. gustong guto ko po ang style niyo. pano niyo po ba na-develop?
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trisketched Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015   Digital Artist
haha salamat yo. Experiment lang ako ng iba't ibang style. You can see all of them in my Tumblr dumps
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duckwagon Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015
Guh.
Things like this give me that ol' "THIS IS SO INSPIRING #and also overwhelming and discouraging and confusing and where do I start??# *sob*" feeling.
Reference has always been a hard subject for me. Same as life drawings. Or thumbnails.
I get perfectionistic super easy and lose my way, and I always get stuck on 'Where do I find X??' or 'What do I look for??' and whatnot. Like stupid simple things, but still.
Thoughts?
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trisketched Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015   Digital Artist
I know that feeling oh so well. Take it easy and do it one step at a time! It gets overwhelming sometimes, relax and have fun with it C:
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bugg08 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for making this. I'm going to save this for inspiration. I get so down about my work not looking great that I stop. I've just recently started working on a reference a day after talking to another artist that I know in RL (she is really really good, and often draws from photos). Sometimes I don't finish in one day, but I can at least find time to do a little work on a reference piece each day. 

Thanks for the inspiration & support that you have provided with this tutorial ^_^
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trisketched Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015   Digital Artist
I'm glad you've found help in this! Thank you too and best of luck to you! ;P
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