Over the years I've collected a lot of photo reference for various projects, and much of it hasn't seen the light of day. It's fun to look at all the behind the scenes junk that goes into an illustration, so I hope you get a kick out of seeing me pretend to be a tween girl (and sometimes tween boy).
Now, my work isn't as realistic as some illustrators, but I still need good reference for most assignments. I'm not so hardcore that I need to hire a model and professionally shoot them, but sometimes Googling reference just doesn't cut it. Even my mediocre photos help with checking proportions, lighting, clothing folds, etc. For my purposes, I just need pretty good reference pretty quickly.
More often than not, I use what I have on hand, which is myself, my old camera, and my grandpa's old tripod. I definitely don't have a kid's body, but it's easy to make myself pose at all hours of the day, and I know the pose I need. Also, I've used the Photo Booth application on my Mac in a pinch, for quick photos when I don't want to set up my tripod.
Nancy Drew covers almost always need reference, because the covers have a bit more action, plus tricky angles!
I put the tripod a few steps down my stairs, set the timer, and would run up the stairs and strike a pose to get the low angle right. I did this about 12 times and it was a good workout.
For this angle, I set the tripod up high on my dining table while I crouched in the corner. My neighbors must think I'm crazy.
Also, our cats LOVE to photobomb our reference.
Particularly in this case, when I helped Drew shoot reference for his own assignment. Our cat Loki just jumped up on the table and struck the same pose. Looking good, Loki!
So that's about it. It's a fun process, even when it's ridiculous. And it is often ridiculous.
|YARR! (for a future Nancy Drew cover ;) )|