Do you struggle with low-quality reference images? In this video, I will share with you some tips on how to prep a reference image with low quality for drawing.
How to Prep a Reference Image with Low Quality for Drawing
Have you ever had someone ask you to draw or paint them a picture and the reference image is not high quality? This can make the drawing process difficult, to say the least.
There will be times when someone will ask you to do a special drawing for them and they do not have great images for you to work with. You might have to refuse the job if there is no way you can work with the image. Before you refuse the job follow along with my drawing of Brady and see how I tackle a job with a low-quality reference image.
In this video, I share with you some tips that make this situation a little bit easier.
About This Drawing
This is a commissioned drawing that I am doing for a family member. My wife and I were able to get together with him over the summer and had a great time. Unfortunately, he lives far away so we do not have many opportunities to get to gather, but when we do we make the most of it.
During that visit, he told me a heartbreaking story about Brady. One day Brady went outside like he normally does, but on this specific day, he never returned home. My cousin and his family were devastated.
He asked if I could draw a keepsake for his family and I said, of course, I would. He didn’t have many pictures but gave me what he had. I took the best of the group and I will share with you how I am handling this project.
Drawing Tools You Will Find in My Studio
- Tombow Graphite Pencils
- General’s Kimberly Graphite Drawing Pencils
- Mars Lumograph Drawing Pencil
- Caran D’ache Graphite
- Pentel GraphGear 500 Automatic Drafting Pencil 0.3 and 0.5
- Blick Studio Drawing Pencils
- Prismacolor Large Kneaded Eraser
- General’s Jumbo Kneaded Eraser
- Tombow Mono Zero Eraser, Round
- Tombow Mono Zero Eraser, Rectangle
- Factis Eraser Black
- Derwent Battery-Operated Eraser
Bristol board and Drawing Pads:
- Strathmore Series 400 Sketch Pads
- Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper Pad
- Strathmore Bristol Vellum Paper Pad
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Graphite Drawing by Dave Nevue