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How To Draw Without Reference?

When you’re drawing, it’s important to have a reference. A reference is anything that can help you get the proportions and perspective right. This could be a photo or a real life model.

But what if you don’t have access to those things? What if you want to draw something that isn’t around you? In this tutorial we’ll look at some ways to draw without a reference.

There are some great tools out there that can help with this. One of them is Sketches 3 by Bohemian Coding, which allows you to take photos and create digital sketches from them using your iPad. Another is Adobe Sketch, an app for MacOS and iOS devices that lets you draw directly on top of photos without tracing or copying them.

We’ll also talk about how to use simple shapes as references for more complex objects like trees and people (or animals).

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Last modified: November 8, 2022

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