References Around Us
When I was younger, my imagination was intact, there was not as much technology available and inspiration mainly came from television and comics. Even music was popular in the physical form of CDs, which gave me a great appreciation for CD cover art. During this time, my head was free to imagine, without the constant information overload we get nowadays.
Growing up with fewer resources, I came up with my own techniques. This is how I learned to use myself for reference. I could look in the mirror, or simply look at my hands, or my face, or people around me. It was a time where I managed to observe and practice drawing in pencil and paper what I was seeing.
This might sound useless or unimportant for some people but if you really think about how things have changed in the past 30 years you could probably understand my point. Sometimes we are so absorbed in our screens we forget to learn from our environment. I admit I love technology, It opened many doors for me. But I consider myself lucky because I grew up without a cellphone and my internet use was limited. I was able to explore my skills by observing the world around me and getting lost in my own imagination.
If anyone had similar circumstances, this post can be an expression of gratitude.
Lastly, this could also be a reminder to take some time as an artist, to shut down outside information for a couple hours and create something totally from imagination and if reference is needed to use elements around you.
This illustration was from imagination.