How to Use Reference Photos More Creatively

Do you feel like your watercolors are mostly copying photos, maybe with a few editorial changes? Here are some ideas for breaking free from “the tyranny of the photo” so you can use your photo references more creatively to express what really excites you about your subject.

Other lessons mentioned in this video, in case you want to catch up:

3 Simple Strategies for Designing Your Own Watercolors (even if you’re a beginner)

How to Use Autodesk Sketchbook to Plan Paintings (and changes to paintings in progress)

UPDATE: Sketchbook is back to being a paid app (about $20). May still be worth it to you, but if not, check out Kleki: https://kleki.com It has the same functions I use in Sketchbook. Laid out a bit differently, but click the question mark icon in the upper right for help navigating.

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