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One thing that just came to mind, that I thought I would pass along, is how we are actually training our eyes and minds to detect minute details in shading and features.

Here are a few things I do to help me try to notice the differences between my drawing and the reference photo.

Sometimes I rotate the drawing sideways and upside down. It helps me see things I don't normally see?!? Especially when drawing eyes, and when I'm trying to determine exactly where the eyebrow borders are. I don't need to tell you how a few hairs in the eyebrows can make all the difference in the world?

I sometimes tape it to my desk too, because the edges of the paper curl up, and it effects my pencil strokes?

Holding it in front of a mirror helps too.

But the MOST effect way I detect differences between my drawing and the reference photo, is when I think I'm finished, I take a photo of my drawing (before I spray seal it) and then I view it on my computer, side-by-side in THUMBNAIL version, next to the reference photo. For some reason, seeing them in thumbnail format helps because they are both smaller versions of what you've been staring at for hours.

Better yet, I view them back and forth very fast using "Windows Picture and Fax viewer". You will be amazed at all the differences you can now "SEE" that you could not see before?

Hope that helps? :D
Kurt Cobain by Rick-Kills-Pencils
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fabriceg Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is pretty much the same thing i do! the thing that you do with your computer and comparing the two. Cooll man
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Rick-Kills-Pencils Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's an old entry, but still useful :D:D
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philippeL Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's relevant. When you focus for hours on the same drawing, with the same light source at the same angle, you tend to have a huge surprise when you change one of those components, or when you use a mirror or scan/photograph the piece...
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Isabella-Crazi Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
you make a good teacher, RickSTAR!
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Rick-Kills-Pencils Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thx a lot Biggsy!!! :D
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Isabella-Crazi Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010
you are very welcome!
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learning111 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
I have often used the mirror and took photos at different angles...the others will be noted by...thank you for these..:eager:
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Rick-Kills-Pencils Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sure thing! :D
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SvdK92 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I use the mirror too =) that helps, especially to see if the shape of the drawing is correct

Thanks for the tips
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Rick-Kills-Pencils Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome! :D
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