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What research do you do for your illustrations?
 
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My research is limited by budget but I will do as much as is allowable time and cost. 


Books and Google images. Sometimes clients will supply me reference material if itís a specific subject. 


Depends on the technique and subject matter. Typically, I try to find some sort of reference material, regardless what I'm working on. No matter how familiar you may be with a specific subject, every piece of reference material you have on it might trigger that one extra thing that you'd put in your piece that'd make people acknowledge you took the extra step. I especially try to do so with animal anatomy, or anything that has a specific time phase in it. 


Depends on the technique and subject matter. Typically, I try to find some sort of reference material, regardless what I'm working on. No matter how familiar you may be with a specific subject, every piece of reference material you have on it might trigger that one extra thing that you'd put in your piece that'd make people acknowledge you took the extra step. I especially try to do so with animal anatomy, or anything that has a specific time phase in it. 


Depends on the assignment. I mostly try to just be imaginative and pull images from my own head. Sometimes I do some research after the fact and go.... hmmm, so that's what one of those actually looks like. 


google image is my best friend 


Hours of research..I love tha part! 


It depends on the project. Most projects need some research at least. Some projects need a lot. When the client is quite specific about what they want then a lot of research is required. I actually quite like the research stage of a project, because it allows you to develop skills and ideas you can use later down the line. I couldn't draw horses to save my like until I was asked to illustrate a historic battle scene. So hours of searching the web, and through reference books was required. Now I can draw them without a lot of reference, if any at all. Research works! 


I really enjoy the research. Since most of my illustrations are realistic there needs to be a sense of authenticity to them. I get as much as I can from the client, and always do internet research from a wide variety of sources, not just Google. I also take photo reference of what I illustrating when ever possible. I take photos of myself and friends family dressed up in silly outfits and poses keeping in mind the lighting and and angles of the pose or still life for the most effective composition. 


I am very big on research. I tell my students that, often, 50% of the total energy output in any given project is directed toward research. I begin with the internet but spend more time at the library looking for books with photos and visiting the picture file. If at all possilbe, I take my own photo reference. "A stitch in time saves nine"- as the saying goes. Struggling with drawing a difficult subject from your imagination takes eons more time than simply researching ahead of time. No less important is acheiving accuracy to facts and details.
A picture, or illustration in this case, is worth a thousand words. I want my "words" to be right.
 


After reading the MS, lots of research, including collecting images that relate to the story, and sometimes photographing a model or an object for the piece. 


I'll do all sorts of research. Its the only way to get a job done right and make it believable. I had a publisher who handed me all of their historical books because I'd make sure that the style of dress was right. For creatures and monsters I'll make sure that they look right, which means I want them to look like they'll function. Look at my work that I did for, "A Princess of Mars" for an example of this. I made all of those creatures look like they would really work. That's something I bring to any project, so be it a weapon, a vehicle or a creature, I make them look REAL. 


tons. luckily there is google image search. before there was just the local library. 


Google images! If you need a picture for reference it is fantastic. 


I mostly use Google Images for finding references. 



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