How to use reference photos in your artwork

Whether you're just learning how to draw, working through a set of Illustrator tutorials, or you're an illustration pro, reference images are important (see our complete guide to reference images for more info). But if you're not careful they can cause problems of their own. Your first order of business should be to decide what you need and then photograph accordingly. 

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Freelance illustrator Tony Foti makes art for books, games, magazines and advertisements. His work can be found regularly in Fantasy Flight's Star Wars lines.