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How to use reference images: 13 essential tips for artists

Reference images, if used well, can be dynamic resources. But knowing how to use them properly is vital if you want to end up with a believable piece. Simply relying on your visual recall is not the best way to end up with an exact representation because there are too many elements to drudge up from the depths of your memory. This is where reference images come in handy.

In this article, we list tips from professionals that’ll help you use your references images in the most successful way possible. On page one, you’ll find general tips on how to approach using reference images, and jump to page two if you want more specific advice on the principles to follow when using reference to create art.

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