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Silly reference photos for ALL by shoomlah Silly reference photos for ALL by shoomlah
Do you take embarrassing photos of yourself as reference for character poses/expressions? Well, I know I sure as hell do, so in light of :icontracyjb:'s fantasticpiece about the importance of dynamic expressions in art [link] , I'm posting a video of my stupidly embarrassing reference photos for you to peruse:

Video! [link] Video!

It's very silly-looking, but we should all be doing it.
-C
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:icontikachu:
tikachu Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I sure do! Especially to help get the angles of facial features...
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Arahiriel Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
OMG I ALSO DO THAT!!! XD
I just LOVE the video you did with all the photos!!! I normally delete them right after I got the pose drawn. XD
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one-flying-fig Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
I do this =D
It helps immensely with poses.
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PrincessEmber1111 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
YES, YES, YES. I am so relieved to know that other, BETTER artists do this too. :D
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:iconpickledalice:
PickledAlice Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I do this all the time and then I post them on facebook for every one to giggle at.
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:iconrainpoodle:
Rainpoodle Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
hmm, I should dry it out!

Youve got a nice face :3
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:iconbudumpshh:
Budumpshh Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
if only we were all as cute as you darling ;(
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:iconmoonvamp0101:
MOONVAMP0101 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
yeah, i do that too. xD
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:iconrozarin:
Rozarin Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is seriously too awesome for words! :XD:
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:iconryuncaliber:
RyunCaliber Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
haha, love the video.
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:iconelreniagreenleaf:
ElreniaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
*lols muchly*
Oh I've done THAT before! XD
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:iconamedyr:
Amedyr Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
LOL good to know I'm not the only one feeling stupid doing that XD
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:icontheangrybee:
theangrybee Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
oh god this is exactly what i do too... XD
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Hipster-Coyote Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Student General Artist
It's time to go do crazy shit with my camera in my room 8'D
I'd considered using a mirror before but never thought about using the timer feature, haha
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NightFox Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think people would be too self-conscious about taking reference photos of themselves. Well, that is until they spend a hour or so doing it. Then they'll just go crazy with poses and clothing reference.

Very good idea to remind artists that if they can't find reference, use themselves! :D
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sah65 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
Shoolah, you rock.
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:iconvontoten:
VonToten Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
Hahah I use a mirror sometimes, I like your idea much better
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lovers-and-fighters Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
Hell yeah this is awesome! I take a lot of goofy video reference, so do a lot of other animators of course. It's super helpful for breaking down movement. If nothing else, getting up and feeling through the poses is also really helpful of course.
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aedifico Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hahaha, I totally do this! It's super helpful, I should probably start taking photos to use as reference later. :)
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:iconargema-brassingtonei:
epic win
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gastave Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
That's the sole reason why I bought my first digital camera back in like, 2002! Excellent video, it made me laugh. (:
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OrangePopFox Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
Haha, I do that for MOST of my art. I always have to be careful to delete them afterwards lest I embarrass myself haha.
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Marla-chan Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
wow. that was a bit trippy.
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randomproxy Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing.
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:icontaksart:
TaksArt Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i constantly look at myself in my giant closet door mirror, but i never took pictures...ah, maybe if i could find my webcam. it's such a good idea o-o

Also, lovely snake in the video. :3
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Oriana132 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I do that...except when I have roommates around to do it for me! XD
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Konayashi Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
Haha, thanks for the great link (and from that, more great links! Hooray!) and for being willing to show off all those silly poses. I am no stranger to that technique, myself, but probably wouldn't be brave enough to post them for all to see.
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TheCosbinator Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's hilarious my phone has tons of references of my hand or face doing an expression.
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NeilTavaresArt Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
LMAO this is amazing, yes, I have a number of photo booth pics up with me in various poses.
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bardling Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
I totally take embarrassing photos of myself for references, too! I propose that this become a meme.
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racehell Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
LMAO my photobooth is full of embarassing pics like this. Mostly odd angles of my hand.
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voodoooutlaw Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
I recognized a few of those poses from your art. Your the right kind of crazy.
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:iconartoveli:
Artoveli Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh heh heh... Now I'll have actual references for drawing Sirrus and Shoomlah!:plotting:
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
*dances* yay!
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:iconterra-fen:
Terra-fen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I do this all the time... 8I
Doesn't art school beat it into your head? XD
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Seeeeeriously. :)
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Frodorius Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
You look fun ˆ
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dinn Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011   Digital Artist
Ah! I do this! I make Husband photograph me doing strange hand gestures and the like so that I can make the imaginary people do it too!
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, awesome. I listened to Glen Keane do a lecture on feeling the pose, and ever since then I've kinda gotten into the habit of posing WHILE I'm drawing. I can't do it for very long (usually), but it's pretty crazy how just feeling the pose out can help you draw it, it almost always transfers through the pencil. You start chasing after something more visceral, and it's worth it.
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, definitely- especially expressions, I don't know a single artist who can resist instinctually making the face they're drawing as they draw it.

-C
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KougaWuvs Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
LMFAOOO OMG I do too XD but I make sure I delete them so no one sees them lol
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hobocookie Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Student General Artist
Haha I do this all the time with my webcam. Except for me its all about perspective, weird angles, foreshortening...Good thing I have high places to set my laptop...like bunkbeds!
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Canadian-Rainwater Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Good thinking! Normally I use a mirror but that's only for expressions. Nice to see so much of the artist behind this fantastic gallery, too!
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pietro-ant Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
Very nice. I liked the video.
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jakface Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That was FANTASTIC! I love the music and all your fantastic poses, outfits and SNAAAKEY, wonderful :D
I want to do one now!
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I support this! Let me know if you do. :)
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:iconoscen:
oscen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
hah, that was awesome! I love seeing how other artists make references =)
Also, your snake is soooo cute <3
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tigrin Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Recently I've been using my webcam a lot to take reference photos and it's really helped, I see I have not taken nearly as many as you, though! xD
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TereseAntonsen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
haha awesome XD
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squishymage Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
You are so very awesome for posting this! It's actually really reassuring to see that talented, experienced artists like yourself still need to do this kind of thing!
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